This year has been one of the most damaging to people and property alike in terms of floods and water damage. As a result thousands of homeowners across our nation have felt helpless in what should be the comfort and safety of their own homes. In some of the more severe cases, like those of tragic floods in Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana, neighborhoods suffered the loss of much more than the memories which their homes had held. Following such a sudden and shocking loss, it’s only natural that homeowners would want to know there are systems in place to return their beloved home to the image of safety and security which it once was. To that end, it’s worthwhile to know just how quickly and comprehensively a skilled water damage restoration team can repair the damage which flood waters and rainwater can wreak on a home. This is a quick overview of what emergency water damage restoration services can entail for homeowners as soon as the need for them arises:
Step 1: Safety
When a homeowner contacts a professional water damage restoration contractor the severity of the water damage and the safety of both the property and its occupants will always be the first things assessed. In the event of minor water damage such as that of plumbing repair projects this may include temporary solutions like water main shutoff and damage enclosure while more large-scale incidents of water damage may necessitate everything from emergency response from professionals to temporary evacuation of the building as a whole.
Step 2: Identification, Prevention, and Water Removal
Once trained water damage repair contractors are on-site they’ll provide a thorough assessment of the damaged area to have a clear understanding of what caused the damage in the first place, where it extends to, and what kind of damage is being inflicted. Typically this last distinction will be divided between three categories: white water, gray water, or black water, depending on the contamination and toxic materials which the water may contain. All of these factors are then carefully responded to, the source of the water damage is sealed, and the appropriate type of water removal pump is then utilized to safely and quickly clear the standing water which has entered the property.
Step 3: Drying, Dehumidifying, and Mold Inspections
Once the water has been removed from your property, specialized drying equipment will be brought in along with dehumidifiers and moisture detectors to examine the interiors of your walls, furniture, and ceilings for the beginnings of mold and mildew growth. Many of these devices require round-the-clock usage in order to fully dry and dehumidify extreme cases of water damage, but despite the inconvenience of this lengthy process, the results are well worth the effort. At this same time, a quality water damage restoration company will ensure that all efforts possible will be made to repair and restore any affected property, furniture, and appliances while also ensuring that the original cause of the water damage does not become a problem again in the future.