Restoration of Water-Damaged Items

It’s Not The End

Suffering damage from a disaster such as fire or flood, no matter how traumatic is not the end of the world.  After things have settled down a bit, we can start the restoration process of our water-damaged house and possessions.  Floods are one of the major disasters that the United States suffers year after year.  Thus, it is a big possibility that any homeowner will experience flood damage and water damage at one point in his/her life or another.  Knowing this, it will just be logical to know what to do when disaster strikes and be able to come out of it in one piece, less damaged and, most importantly to be able to restore whatever is left of your property well and fast.

It’s a Difficult Job

Despite enough knowledge about the causes and effects of flood damage, it will be quite hard for an individual to do water damage restoration.  They have the expertise, the equipment, and the experience to provide solutions to all types of damages about by excess water.

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Water Can Cause Serious Damage

The damage that water can do to your home and properties could be extensive and so encompassing.  Water can seep through almost all types of materials such as fabric, wood, even concrete structures.  This process can significantly affect the composition and quality of everything, cause weakening or deformation, at worst disintegration.  Standing water and dampness can encourage mold and mildew growth, which could become another significant predicament if left unchecked.  All these problems can be professionally dealt with by a reputable professional restoration company.

Standard Procedures

Professional restoration companies do the restoration job following the standard procedures for surveying the damaged premises and properties as well as in the restoration process.  The first thing they inspect is the structure if it can still hold the house and be able to live there again safely.  The following items they will check are the walls, floors, the beams holding up the roof to see if they have not been considerably damaged or weakened.  Even if the drywall is damaged, it will not pose a high risk to the safety of the home unlike if it were the foundation, the beams or the studs which were damaged.

Determine The Source

After the inspection of the structure and the condition of the other parts of the house, the next thing that they will do is to find the source of excess water.  As soon as the cause has been identified and repaired, they will have to remove materials floating on top and those underneath the water and suck the water out of the premises and open all the windows for better ventilation.  They will surely be bringing in equipment such as wet vacs and industrial-strength drying chemicals to ensure fast and thorough drying of all the wet and damp items. A  special heavy-duty machine like the ventilator will have to be used to speed up the drying of the entire house especially the floors, walls, and ceilings because of the various levels involved.

Cleaning and Disinfecting

The next step in the restoration process is the cleaning and disinfecting of the items.  Floodwaters can bring with it a host of chemicals and microorganisms that contaminate the water.  Thorough cleaning and disinfecting are needed before you can make use of these items again.  If mold has developed onto the things then mold remediation has also to be applied to finish the restoration process of the water-damaged possessions.