Excess water and flooding can cause extensive damage to your home and the items stored inside it. Water damage can be the result of a natural disaster or from a busted pipe, leaky appliance or water heater. Disaster Services’ experts can provide you with professional water damage restoration services needed to restore your home to its former glory. Depending on the severity of water damage, the cleanup process will involve several different steps. It’s essential to contact your water damage restoration services as soon as possible to begin the remediation process to ensure that any standing water is removed as quickly as possible. Standing water caused by excessive flooding can damage the foundation of your home and put you and your family at risk for several health issues. Mold, in particular, can have a detrimental effect on your health, causing respiratory problems, allergic reactions, and bacterial infections. Disaster Services outlines the importance of immediate water extraction after a flood or other water disaster.
What Do Water Mitigators Do?
Assessment: The first step to remediation is to contact your Disaster Services water restoration specialist as soon as possible. Once the technicians arrive, they will provide you with an itemized list of services they will provide, which may include:
• Water extraction
• Dehumidification to lower the humidity
• Structural drying of floors, walls, and ceilings
• Carpet cleaning & deodorizing
• Mold prevention
How is Water Extraction & Remediation Done?
Removing Excess Water: The excess water will need to be removed from the areas affected before repairs begin. Your technician will use an industrial pump to remove the water. Once the water has been professionally removed, your technician will evaluate the walls and flooring and provide you with an itemized plan of action.
Removal of Items: Some of the things in your home can be thoroughly cleaned and dried without being removed from the house. If the water damage is severe and the items cannot be saved, they will need to be removed and replaced with new ones. Some things, like carpets and other soft furnishings, can be removed, cleaned, and reinstalled once they have been professionally dried.
Cleaning & Drying Carpets After Water Damage: Not all flood water is created equal. The degree of contamination will determine the type of cleaning that will need to be performed. Standing water from a pipe or supply line is clean water and described as a category 1. Dirty water from a leaky appliance is a category 2, and contaminated water from sewage or outdoor flooding is a category 3. That being said, even clean water (category 1) can become dirty and contaminated if it comes into contact with contaminants and will require disinfectant to remove any bacteria or microbes. Your technician will make sure that your carpets are dried entirely before beginning the restoration process.
Water Damage Restoration: Just as the name restoration implies, the restoration process is to make your home look as close to the way it did before it was damaged with excess water.