Many residential homes experience water damage as a result of either a plumbing failure, or an instantaneous flooding. While some water damaged properties may have minor and noticeably small issues, other damages can be catastrophic.
Intruding water can cause destructive processes like mold growth, de-laminating of plywood, rotting of wood, and corroding of steel among others. That is why water damage is a leading contributor to property loss, and why it’s always necessary to contact restoration experts when problems appear.
Water Damage Restoration Procedure
Identify the source: In order to stop the leakage, a water damage restoration expert will first identify where the water is coming from. A series of testing may be performed to determine the category of the water.
Category 1 Clean Water- this type does not pose a threat to the human health. This may involve sink overflows, broken water pipes, or appliances that have water supply lines.
Category 2 Grey Water-This type contains a notable amount of contaminants that may cause sickness. Examples would be sump pump failures, and toilet bowls with urine.
Category 3 Black Water-This type of water is very unsanitary and contains harmful fungi and bacteria. Sewage water, seawater, and standing water are a few of this type.
Use air movers and dehumidifiers: There are numerous restoration services for a variety of water damage problems. No matter what restoration services you may need, ASAP Restoration are ready to tackle the problem for you and restore your property to pre-loss condition.
For lighter cases, one way of solving your water trouble is by using air movers. If the affected area is much larger and the damage is worse, pumps and dehumidifiers may be utilized, as well.
Dry the items that are salvageable: Once the water has been removed, the restoration expert will then use drying equipment to dry the affected surface. Make sure that any non-salvageable materials are separated and thrown away to prevent mold infestation. The water damage restoration professionals will be monitoring the equipment, its temperature and humidity, as well as your home’s damaged walls to make sure they are 100% dry, and mold or asbestos-free.
Prevent Further Damage
Remove contaminated materials. Items and pieces of furniture damaged by contaminated water should immediately be removed from your home to avoid long-term health risks. These materials are home to harmful microorganisms such as mold, viruses, and bacteria.
Do not turn electricity on/off while standing in water. This is obviously very dangerous. If you really need to check, or turn your electrical system on or off, call an electrician to do it for you.
Let your home air out. Briefly open your home’s windows and doors to let the air circulate more freely, especially if your house has been closed for several days and has been flooded. Doing so may prevent mold accumulation.
Thoroughly dry spaces and pieces of furniture. It is vital that the areas that have gotten wet and materials that have been damaged by water be cleaned and dried thoroughly so that you may reduce your exposure to destructive elements such as bacteria and mold that may put your health in jeopardy.