Water damage refers to a number of possible losses resulting from water penetrating where it doesn’t intend to go or otherwise causing structural damage to a building. Water can cause extensive damage in its pure form; flooding an entire home, the structure of which has been irreparably damaged by the loss of floodwater. A far more serious problem that can result is the formation of mold. Water damage restoration can be a complex process but it certainly isn’t impossible, especially when you consider the many factors that can contribute to the severity of the damage. Fortunately, many water damage restoration scenarios are treatable, even if they cannot be salvaged completely.
The first step in the water damage restoration process is typically the inspection of the area where the leak or other damage occurred. If the initial assessment indicates that the damage itself is beyond repair, the next step is to assess the cost of the repairs that will be required. This includes the cost of removing and replacing any infected materials, the cost of transporting damaged items to the repair facility and the cost of hiring professionals to do the repairs. It may also include the cost of temporary living arrangements for employees while the building is being repaired.
Once the costs have been established, the focus of the water damage restoration should then turn to cleaning up the mold or mildew growth left behind on the walls. Mildew can be removed by using a mixture of detergents and water, followed by a high temperature drying element such as a hair dryer or a blast tube. Drying will typically take a few days, after which the walls should be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized. As always, the cleaning and disinfection of moldy areas should be done in a separate room from other people, so that as much of the affected material as possible is removed.
Other costs associated with water damage restoration services include transportation costs related to removing and replacing damaged materials. In many cases, this transportation cost could be covered by the insurance provided by the company you hired to handle your leak. Other times it may be a requirement for you to hire a contractor to haul away materials. It may even be a requirement for you to remove and dispose of certain items. Once the mopping down of the affected areas is complete, it will be time to address the issue of flooding.
When flooding occurs, it is important to first make sure that all floors and walls are dry. This can require the complete removal of carpets and the carpet padding under them. If the flooding comes from a leaking pipe or a broken roof or floor drain, the restoration service may be able to use drying agents to help dry out the rooms. Once the rooms are dry, they can be treated with a mold killing solution to prevent any further issues with mold and mildew. Carpet, rug and carpet padding repairs are also common after floods as soaked carpets must be removed and properly dried.
When mold spores are present in any part of a building, the first place they look is the attics and crawlspaces. Once they start to reproduce and thrive they can spread quickly to other areas of the property. They thrive in humid environments and thrive off of dead organic material. In order to combat this, they will often put down sand bags on any opening they find where water is present or place damp absorbent socks over any area that has any signs of water leaking in. Damp socks will absorb not only water but also any other type of moisture and mold growth.