What is Water Damage Remediation
Water damage remediation involves hiring a restoration company to extract the flooded water from your home to restore it back to its previous state. It is important that the water damage remediation is carried out fast otherwise it will be too late to salvage it. This is due to the fact that bacteria and mold growth can breed fast in wet conditions. Bacteria and mold can cause the house occupants to contract allergies, rashes, and lung problems.
Water damage remediation is not as easy as removing the visible standing water. When the house is flooded, many of the contents are also contaminated. The wallboard, ceiling, insulation, and floor can absorb the floodwater. A professional will have to open up these hidden areas to check if there is any hidden moisture. Most of the time, the porous material that is in contact with the floodwater will be damaged beyond restoration. In this case, the professional can help you to remove them and reinstall the new one.
The water restoration process involves 5 important steps. The first step is to perform inspection and assessment on the affected area to classify the damage. During the inspection, water restoration experts will use a moisture detector to determine how much water the material has absorbed to estimate the repair. Based on the finding, they will rate the damage to categories 1, 2 or 3.
Next, the restoration company will use a suitable water extraction technique to remove the standing water. Leaving the standing water in the area for a prolonged period can cause even more damage to your home so it needs to be removed as soon as possible. The restoration company often use truck-mounted pump or submersible pump to extract the water. The two high-powered pumps can quickly extract the water from your home. Wet/dry vacuum is used if the flood only involves a low-level standing water.
The restoration company will use an industrial quality air mover to dry out the area and all the contents that still have water. If the area is dried but the content is not dry, it will still have some dampness as the moisture from the wet contents can evaporate into the atmosphere. The moisture level in the wall and floor are being monitored continually to ensure that all surfaces in your home are thoroughly dry.
The last step that the restoration professionals take is to clean and sanitize all the surfaces. They can use various types of cleaning techniques such as foam, abrasive, immersion, dry/wet, and spray and wipe techniques to clean the surface. The sanitization can be carried out on the furniture, upholstery, and other items that are contaminated with the water. Industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment are used to remove persistent odors and freshen the air in the house.