Water damage can lead to losses to the tune of thousands of dollars. Water can damage household appliances, furniture, electronics, upholstery, and plumbing equipment. Water damage can also be experienced after a fire has been put out. If you have suffered water damage, mitigation and restoration need to be done in good time. This will help salvage most of the items and reduce further loss.
The first category is clean water. This is water that does not pose a substantial threat to humans and therefore can be consumed at home.
The second category is referred to gray water; this kind of water contains a significant amount of chemical, biological, physical contaminants, or soot and smoke from burning surfaces. This category of water could pose a threat to human beings and even limit the supply of water in the home.
The third category of water damage is black water. This refers to contamination of the indoor environment. This kind of water could contain unsanitary sources of water that could constitute animal or even human waste. This water contains harmful disease causing pathogens.
After a flood damage or water damage, the water should be treated. This is why water damage restoration and water cleanup services are very crucial. Water damage restoration needs to be handled properly by certified, experienced and licensed water restoration contractors. The processes include:
An immediate visual inspection
This is performed by a certified water restoration officer to asses and determine what is needed to restore a property that has been affected by the water damage.
Water extraction and containing the damage is the first priority. After that has been done all wet materials should be removed from the area and if necessary the walls, floor, and ceilings should be cleared to allow for drying. Water extraction drains all the flooded areas.
After the extraction process is done, the drying process begins, commercial equipment is used. These include dehumidifiers, air movers, floor drying systems and heat generating equipment to generate dry air and increase air circulation thus allowing evaporation. Normally, drying takes 2-4 days depending on the level of flood damage.
Flood damage & Water damage re-assessment
After the drying process is done, certified technicians conduct another inspection to ensure that there is no hidden moisture that might result to mold formation or result to further water damage problems.
Reconstruction is the final process of water damage restoration. This is done after the water damage has been mitigated and the structure has completely dried. This means the place is safe, healthy and has been brought back to its pre-damaged state