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Remediating A Potential Water Damage Situation

7/25/2017 (Permalink)

Remediating A Potential Water Damage Situation

Water damage is one of the most insidious forms of damage that a property can endure. All too often, water damage is not immediately recognized as the serious threat to the property that it is. Left untreated, even small amounts of water damage can quickly lead to rot, mold formation and even structural compromise. In severe cases, water damage can lead to the property becoming uninhabitable, leading to condemnation and total loss of the property's value.

Luckily, there are effective ways to deal with flood damage. The important thing to know is that even if a supply line break or pipe break seems small and containable, it is absolutely imperative that a professional restoration company be called in to perform a restoration. If started soon enough, flood damage restoration and mitigation are almost always successful. However, even a delay of 24 hours can cause the chances of permanent damage to the flooded home to begin skyrocketing.

In this article, we'll look at a rough outline of the process of restoration of flood damage and mitigation of its effects. We'll see that, should a professional restoration company be called in a timely manner, almost all cases of flood damage will result in a successful restoration of the home or business to its prior state.

A professional restoration company is the only entity that can effectively handle a flooding event. It is crucial that the first thing a property owner does, upon discovering flood water in a home or water in a business, is to get a team of water cleanup professionals on site, as soon as possible.

Once the emergency call has been made, detailing the flooding event, the water cleanup team will arrive. This will usually take place within minutes. Once on-site, the water cleanup team will immediately enter the premises and begin mitigation efforts. One of the first things they do is locate the site of the orginal supply line break or pipe break, cutting of any active leaks. If the supply line break or pipe break proves difficult to close off, by conventional means, the team may use welding equipment to effect an emergency cutoff of the water flow.

The team will then inspect the property, noting the severity and extent of the water in the home or water in the business. They will formulate a damage mitigation plan.

Next, the team will begin pumping out all of the water in the home or water in the business, using heavy-duty pumping equipment and specialized vacuums. They will be able to pump out up to 2,000 gallons of the water in the home or water in the business. The complete extraction of all water will be completed within one hour.

At this point, the flooded home or business will have no standing water and may appear to be more or less dry. But there will still be water soaked into the property's materials.

The team will next begin the drying process. Using large, industrial-strength drying equipment and powerful dehumidifiers, the drying equipment will be able to remove thousands of pounds of moisture from the property's atmosphere and materials each hour. The drying process is generally the longest step in the restoration of the flooded home or business. It may take between a few hours and a whole day.

Now the property will appear like new. But it still needs to be cleansed and sanitized. The area around the original pipe break or supply line break will be thoroughly cleansed and sanitized, in order to prevent mold and mildew growth. All of the homes items will be cleaned, preventing the formation of unpleasant odors.
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