Water restoration process can be as simple as vacuuming up water and drying out a place, or it can be as difficult as rebuilding entire sections or your home.
Restoration means restoring your home to liveable, pre-damage conditions involves water removal, decontamination, and drying. In cases of water damage it’s very important to act fast. Water and moisture creates the perfect environment for bacteria and mold. Prolonged exposure to an environment like this can lead to allergic reactions and even disease. Some parts of a water-damaged home may need to be rebuilt. Materials like drywall and carpet that have absorbed water often develop bacteria and mold that is not possible to remove. Replacing these materials is safer than allowing infectious organisms to saturate the air.
Repairing a water damaged home involves a process starting with a thorough inspection of the damage to the replacement of flooring, walls, and ceilings. Steps of restoration process are given below:-
Step 1: Inspection – A professional can best assess the level of water damage in your home. Each inspection determines a class and category of water damage. Defining the class and category of water damage helps outline the best means to restore your property( category of water is given above).
Step 2: Water removal – Pumps and vacuums are used to remove water from your water damaged home. The type of equipment needed depends on the extent of the water damage. Water removal begins as soon as possible to prevent mold and bacteria growth.
Step 3: Drying – After all present water and absorbent surfaces are vacuumed up, process of drying and dehumidification begins. This step is important to clear up any remaining moisture after water removal. The drying out process can take several weeks to fully complete.
Step 4: Cleaning – All personal belongings need to be cleaned and sanitized properly to prevent them from unwanted mold and bacterial growth. Carpeting, clothing, and drapery are given antimicrobial treatments. Air scrubbers may also be used to remove particles and moisture from the air.
Step 5: Restoration – The biggest step in the process is restoration. Restoration involves replacing many materials for example – drywall and insulation. Sometimes this process is as simple as installing a few panels of drywall, while serious cases are as difficult as replacing entire walls. Exposure to toxic substances like lead and asbestos is possible during restoration. Older homes are likely to contain these substances.
Sometimes in the event of unknown water damage, many homeowners aren’t able to prevent mold growth. A tiny leak in the roof or pipes can persist for months before you notice it. In a situation like this, the restoration process takes longer time.
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