How to Prepare for Water Damage
How to Prepare for Water Damage
With all of the major flooding events in the news lately, more property owners are becoming uneasy at the thought that such a circumstance could also befall them. While there are a large number homes and businesses affected by catastrophic flooding events in the United States each year, the vast majority of flood damage is still caused by more mundane things, such as pipe breaks or supply line breaks. Even much of the flood damage caused by serious natural events is mostly of the highly remediable variety, causing no long-standing local flooding.
This is good news for property owners. It means that, in almost every case, complete mitigation of the water damage and restoration of the flooded home or business is possible. But why are so many homes and businesses written off each year due to flood damage? The answer is that the property owners in question do not take the right steps for the successful mitigation and restoration of flood damage the moment it occurs.
The water damage restoration process
Fortunately, there is an established and proven process that enable the typical professional restoration company, with its highly trained and experienced staff and state-of-the-art equipment, to successfully restore the vast majority of flooded homes or businesses that it is able to work on. But the single most important element in the water damage mitigation and flooded home restoration equation is that the property owner recognize the seriousness of the situation and then act on it. All it takes is a phone call to the local restoration company and the ball can get rolling towards a successful mitigation of the flooded home or business.
The water cleanup team arrives on site
Once a property owner realizes there is flood water in their home or flood water in their business, the first thing they should do is call their local restoration company. Once the call is made, the restoration company will dispatch a water cleanup team to the home or business. The water cleanup team will usually arrive in less than 30 minutes.
Once on scene, the water cleanup team will begin to assess the levels of water in the home or water in the business. They will also make certain that any active leaks occurring due to a pipe break or supply line break are under control.
Water removal begins
The team will then begin the extraction of all standing water in the business or water in the home. This process utilizes heavy vacuum equipment that is specially designed for removing massive quantities of water in a business or water in homes. This will stanch the spread of water to structural components, preventing further water damage from taking place.
The drying process is undertaken
Next, the team will begin carrying out the drying process. To do this, they will make use of heavy-duty drying equipment. They will take extra care to make sure that the site of the original supply line break or pipe break is thoroughly dried. The drying equipment is specially designed to be able to completely dry out even areas that have water seepage that is not visible to the eye. Through the additional use of dehumidifiers, the team will be able to reduce the ambient humidity to almost 0 percent. They will therefore be able to completely dry out the area involved in the original supply line break or pipe break.
Once the drying process is complete, the property will appear to be effectively restored to its original condition. But there is still one small step left.
The final cleansing
Using chemicals and techniques similar to those used in dry cleaning, the team will carefully and thoroughly scrub and cleanse every surface, fixture and piece of furniture that has come into contact with flood water. This will ensure against the formation of mold and persistence of foul smells.
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