Water is one of the most destructive substances in any environment if it is in excess. It can cause the destruction of property and structures to when in excess. The problem becomes more severe if the water is dirty or if the water damage restoration services are delayed. Water damage can be reduced by efficient and prompt intervention; within at least 24-48 hours.
Water damage restoration is the process of restoring structures and properties back to their pre-loss condition after the damage. It is a multi-process that can only be handled by experienced, licensed and certified water restorations contractors. Here is a step by step of the water damage restoration process
Water Restoration Process
Initial visual inspection
A qualified water damage constructor does an initial assessment of the damaged structures to determine which action should be taken to reverse the effects and control any further damage. When the evaluation is complete, and there are no safety hazards, contents are secured, and the restoration process begins.
Extraction of all still water is the priority as well as containing the damage. If there are any wet materials on the floor like carpets, rugs, toys, clothes among others are removed from the affected area. After the water is fully extracted, the contractors begin to remove the wet surfaces from the ceilings, walls and floors to help accelerate the drying. The baseboards can also be removed and any other non-salvageable materials.
Doors and cabinet drawers are opened. The toe kicks (the bottom front piece of cabinets that allows exposing under the cabinet) too can be removed to accelerate the drying depending on the extent of the damage. If they are destroyed, they should be replaced and every wet surface treated.
Drying and stabilizing
After water extraction and removal of all wet materials, the drying, and the stabilizing process begins. Certain commercial grade equipment is used in this process including wood floor drying systems, dehumidifiers, air movers and heaters to increase air evaporation and circulation and generate dry air.
At this stage, the environment is monitored carefully, and the results are documented for further assessment. It is crucial to control moisture to prevent the growth of molds. It usually takes 2-4 days depending on how severe the water damage was for all materials to dry.
Re-assessment of the water damage
After the drying is complete, the constructors inspect the structures again to ensure that is no hidden moisture can lead to the growth of molds.
After the water damage is mitigated and the property is returned to its habitable dry standard, if there are any materials that need reconstruction is the final step in the water damage restoration process. After this, the property is healthy and safe for habitation.…