Experiencing water damage in your home can be a very challenging event. The aftermath can leave people frustrated and eager to get their house back to a home. The biggest issue with water damage, is that it creates the right ground for mold growth, which contaminates the indoor air quality which leads to hay fever-type symptoms including runny nose, sneezing, skin rashes, and red eyes. There is actually quite a bit you should do following the water damage catastrophe in your home, and we at Disaster Services would like to share these tips today.
Water Damage Restoration Protocol
1) Call the Insurance Company. The first thing you should do, if you haven’t already, is contact your insurance company. The insurance company can give you the details of your coverage. If you prefer, Disaster Services can deal with your insurance company on your behalf.
2) Water Extraction & Cleanup. The water will need to be pumped out of the home and all the saturated items removed and properly discarded. If the water damage derived from sewage-waste, it is extremely important.
3) Hire Contractors. You will need an electrical professional to ensure the electrical system is safe and useable. An HVAC system professional to make certain flooded waters did not impact the HVAC system negatively. If the flooding derived from a plumping, issue, you will likely need a plumber to repair the plumbing damage. Once the cleanup and systems are taken care of you will want a contractor who understands the issues with water damage. With a reputable contractor, you can get the quality workmanship to rebuild the home. When you hire Disaster Services, our sister company My-General Contractor can handle all systems including plumbing and electrical.
Floor replacement: All types of damaged floor involved in water damage, including hardwood, laminate, carpeting and tiling, in addition to the subfloor and carpet padding if applicable, will all need to be replaced. These materials can easily lead to mold growth and expedite the decay. In most cases, the floor requires removal and proper discarding.
Walls and Drywall: Walls typically derive from wood studs and drywall. Both are vulnerable to mold growth following water and moisture exposure. The contractor will open up the impacted walls and ensure the damaged components is removed, including both the wood elements and drywall according to safety protocols.
Insulation: Because insulation will never completely dry out, and it is susceptible to mold damage, leading to mold growth and other detriments. To avoid further mold growth and other damage, it is essential the insulation that absorbed any water gets removed.
Structural Drying: It is important that before the wall is closed up that the drywall and wall cavities are thoroughly dried. The contractor will use a moisture meter to ensure the cavity is safe for remodeling to begin.
Flood & Water Damage Restoration in Baytown, Pasadena, League City, Pearland, Missouri City, Sugar Land, Cypress, The Woodlands, Spring & Greater Houston, Texas
To ensure your restoration process is done correctly, call in the experts of Disaster Services and we will rebuild your home accordingly. We can either restore it to how it was or take this opportunity to remodel your home to better suit your needs.