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Water Restoration 101: The Basics



Whether it's water damage, a sewage line back up, leaky pipes, or even a flood. Whenever you are dealing with water damage of any kind, it is crucial for you to take immediate action in order to prevent further damage to your home or business.

What is Water Restoration?

In the event that your home has been damaged by water, restoration companies are typically the first responders. In general, the job of a water restoration company is to clean up the mess in order to preserve and protect a home or business, as well as its contents so that further damage does not occur. It’s important to note that not all water restoration companies offer home repairs with their services, and in most cases will not repair your home unless they are licensed and contracted to do so. Remember, after the initial water damage has occurred it's important to place a call to your insurance agency in order to learn about the options available to you.


Water Restoration Steps:

After a flood of any sort, ensuring the structure is dry is crucial to preventing mold from forming. The drying process should be extremely thorough in order to ensure the job is done right the first time!

Step 1: Visual Inspection

The process starts by inspecting the damage in order to determine the cause of the damage. Then, the company begins to formulate the best method to remove the water and restore the area.

Step 2: Water Extraction

After the inspection is complete, state of the art equipment is used to extract the water from the affected areas.

Step 3: Eliminate Moisture

Rapid drying fans and dehumidifiers speed up the evaporation process and ensure the affected area is dry and moisture free.

Step 4: Monitor

Most restoration companies will follow up with the decontamination and drying process to ensure all moisture is eliminated, the area is safe to use, and there is no opportunity for mold to form.

Structural Drying:

When water floods your home, there is no time to spare! Look for a restoration company whose staff is IICRC certified in water extraction and professional structural drying. A burst in your water line can not only be damaging to your home or business, but very dangerous to your health if not sanitized properly. Leave the worry to the experts and rest easy knowing the heavy duty equipment can clean and sanitize your home or business!


Mold:

There are over 100,000 different types of mold in the world. Mold requires four main elements in order to grow: air, temperature, food, and water. Exposing your family to mold spores can be extremely dangerous to their overall health, and at times can even become deadly. The longer an area goes without being treated, the more it continues to spread, putting you and your family in harm's way. Most companies take several preventative steps to stop the spread of mold in your home or business.


Step 1: Visual Inspection

The process begins with a thorough inspection of the area in order to access the proper tools to use, check to see if mold is present, and to gauge the contaminated surface area.

Step 2: Containment

After the inspection, the technicians determine the source of the water and eliminate any leaks or stagnant water. Then, the area is put under negative pressure, which ultimately prevents mold spores from spreading.

Step 3: Preparation

Next, the source of the water is eliminated in order to prepare for the demolition process.

Step 4: Visual Inspection

Depending on the surface area of the mold, often times it is necessary to remove porous areas such as drywall, insulation, and any other household items that contain mold. In this step, restoration companies take the necessary precautions to ensure mold infested items are disposed of properly.

Step 5: Cleaning & Testing

After the elimination of the mold, it's time to clean! The majority of companies will use a variety of different industry standard cleaning techniques to sanitize the area.

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