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How to Handle Water Damage and Begin the Process of Restoration

9/25/2017 (Permalink)


How to Handle Water Damage and Begin the Process of Restoration

Unwanted water in home and business settings can cause major damage. Flood water in the home is not only upsetting but can lead to emotional stress. Water in business settings may damage the structure and electronics that are crucial to the daily function of a company. Some common causes of water damage include flood damage, external factors causing a supply line break, stress or corrosion causing a pipe break, and hurricane or storm damage. A flooded home or business is nothing to mess around with, as there may be dangers many people are unaware of. Issues like structural damage or live wires should be handled by professional water cleanup companies. Knowing how to handle the cleanup of water in a home or business can make the restoration process seem less daunting to flood victims and put them back in control.

How to Begin Mitigation and Restoration

The mitigation of water damage is the first crucial step toward to getting life back on track after a flood or pipe break. Victims will definitely want to call a water cleanup company, restoration company, and their insurance companies immediately if they experience flood damage or other kinds of water damage in their homes or business. These companies can give out important instructions on how to begin the mitigation process, drying process, water cleanup process, and other advice that victims may need. Some insurance companies may want pictures of the flooded home or business and can instruct their customers on how to begin the damage documentation process. Water cleanup companies and restoration companies will be able to give some safety instructions to follow over the phone, but will most likely have to survey any water of flood damage in person before taking any steps toward damage mitigation or beginning the recovery process. Victims should be sure to get to a safe location and avoid unnecessary risks like attempting to retrieve damaged possessions from their homes or business. Restoration is not as impossible as it may seem as long as the proper steps are taken.

Water Removal and Extraction

The next step toward water damage restoration is extracting all of the water from the damaged structure. The source of the flooded home or water in business settings will have to be determined. This can be an obvious external source, such as a storm or natural flood, or it can be from a pipe break, or a supply line break. If the cause of flooding is a pipe break or supply line break, professional water removal companies may be able to provide emergency services on the spot. Unlike with a pipe break or supply line break, an external factor like a flood or storm may mean waiting longer for assistance from a professional company. Water removal companies will use equipment like moisture detectors, hygrometers, infrared cameras, submersible and gas-powered pumps and truck-mounted or portable extraction units perform efficient water removal and to will pump and water out of the flooded home or business.

Drying and Dehumidification

After the water in home or water in business areas is extracted, the drying process must begin. Water in business settings may mean high amounts of financial loss for business owners. Water in a home can mean sentimental loss and impact victims on a very personal level. A good water restoration company will try to minimize these losses for their clients by using multiple highly-efficient drying techniques. Companies will likely use specialized equipment to manipulate temperature and relative humidity to remove the remaining moisture.

Sanitizing and Restoration

After water is removed and the damaged structure is dry, a water restoration company will begin the sanitation process and prepare for flood damage repair. The restoration company may use natural or chemical sanitization methods. A home or business must be cleared of mold and mildew before rebuilding can begin.
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