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Discover The Importance Of Water Damage Restoration For Your Home After A Flood

Water has the potential to be very destructive when it comes into contact with the structure and contents of a home. When a flood or any type of leak occurs in the plumbing it can do considerable harm unless it is dealt with promptly by those who specialize in water damage restoration. These professionals will assess the level of damage and devise a plan for remediation that will restore the residence to its original state. Although some homeowners may be inclined to take on this task themselves, it is generally best to hire an expert who possesses the necessary equipment, knowledge, and experience in this area. Attempting to tackle an issue of this magnitude is likely to not only result in frustration, but it will probably end up costing more in the long run due to improper removal of moisture. If you experience a water loss in the Los Angeles area, contact us. If you are in Portland Oregon, contact our Friends at Restoration 1 of Portland, Water Damage Restoration Experts.

There are numerous advantages to putting this matter into the hands of capable technicians who dedicates their business to reversing the harmful effects of water in the home. One such advantage is the prevention of mold growth. Dampness encourages mold and mildew to grow and flourish, and this can start happening within the first two days of exposure to wetness. Hidden surfaces such as beneath carpeting or flooring materials are typical hotbeds for the growth of these organisms. The remediation crew will identify any such problem areas so the mold can be destroyed and prevented from spreading. Timely removal of water can also help protect some of the home’s contents. Unfortunately there will be items that cannot be saved, as they will be instantly damaged following the incident, however there will also be some that can be saved due to the quick, efficient elimination of dampness.

Many of the building materials used in the construction of a home tend to absorb moisture when exposed to it, and unless these are thoroughly dried, it can result in extensive structural deterioration that will ultimately result in extensive and costly replacement. If a property is allowed to remain with standing water inside its floors, walls, or ceilings for too long the harm will be much greater, a professional remediation specialist will make sure that all components are thoroughly dried as to prevent the need for more serious and high-priced repairs. There are also certain health risks associated with moisture in the home such as the aforementioned growth of mold which can be very harmful when present in the air, and if the water is contaminated, such as from waste, it poses the threat of various bacterial or viral illnesses, necessitating its prompt removal to ensure the safety of the home’s occupants.

The water which is responsible for the damage in a home will be classified into one of three categories as this will determine which approach the remediation workers will take. Category 1 refers to all water from a clean source such as a leaky pipe that is likely free of contaminants for the most part, while Category 2 is water which contains some contaminants such as from a washing machine or dishwasher, and Category 3 includes flood water, sewage, rain, and stagnant standing water. Quick action is needed with all types of water, as one category can easily progress into the next in little time if allowed to sit and encourage bacterial growth.

Besides the type of water involved, the damage it has caused will also be classified. Class 1 refers to minimal destruction with less absorption, smaller areas affected, and usually little or no carpeting and cushioning of any sort. Class 2 indicates a fairly large amount of moisture in one or more full rooms containing carpets and underpads, wicking as much as two feet up the walls, and notable absorption in building materials. A Class 3 designation is one of greater destruction and full saturation greater than two feet up the walls, multiple layers are affected by moisture. Finally, a Class 4 instance is one in which materials with low porosity are involved, that will require a specific approach to drying.

When the restoration team visits the home, they will first conduct a comprehensive inspection using specialized moisture-detection instruments such as infrared probes to determine which materials have been affected and summarize which ones will need to be treated or replaced in order to estimate the cost of the work. If the flooring can be successfully dried in place, high-powered air movers and dehumidifiers will be used for this purpose and they will normally need to be left in place for three or four days. Technicians will likely need to stop by the house periodically to monitor humidity, temperature and such during this drying phase. After this point, the drying progress will be checked and once it is completed, the machines can safely be removed.

Carpets may need to be treated to prevent growth of microbes, as well as being fully cleaned and deodorized to eliminate any musty aroma. If the under-padding is too damp to effectively dry in place, it will be removed and a replacement will be installed. Tack strips where the carpet attaches to the floor will be pulled up and reattached, and if seam repair is needed, that will also be done. Any other upholstered pieces that have been damaged will be cleaned and dried during the work on the floor coverings.

Sometimes a structural repair may still be deemed necessary after the drying process is finished. This pertains to materials such as ceilings, floors, and drywall that have become damaged to the point that they cannot safely be used any longer. Usually if appropriate measures are taken immediately, it will not come to this, but nevertheless it does happen in some cases and must be suitably remedied. If new carpet must be installed, it makes sense to first carry out any structural repairs that are needed beforehand. Homeowner’s insurance for flood damage quite often provides coverage for any necessary repairs and the removal of the water itself, so it is wise for people who own a house to ensure that they have such a policy before such a disaster occurs.

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