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Residential and Commercial Water Damage

9/26/2017 (Permalink)

Residential and Commercial Water Damage

Water damage can cause shocking amounts of harm to a property. It is amazing that something as seemingly as innocuous as water could render properties big and small completely worthless in a matter of days. But this is the reality that water damage can impose on property owners who are not careful.

Flood damage is one of the most insidious forms of property damage because even relatively small amounts of water damage can quickly destroy a home or business. A small supply line break or pipe break can often fool property owners into thinking that they can easily fix the problem themselves simply by soaking up the excess water. But this is a serious mistake. Any time water damage has occurred, in any amount, it is absolutely imperative to call in the professionals so that a proper assessment of the damage can be taken and the restoration and water damage mitigation process can be carried out according to established protocols.

Any time flood damage occurs, call in your local restoration company

The single most important thing that anyone can do when flood damage occurs is to call in their local professional restoration company. These companies have tens of thousands of hours of collective experience in the restoration and mitigation of flood damage and have specialized and powerful equipment at their disposal to help them quickly resolve damage to a flooded home or business.

Once a property owner notices flood water in the business or water in the home, they should immediately place a call to their local restoration company. The company will send out a water cleanup team within minutes. This will begin the water cleanup process.

What does the water cleanup process entail?

The restoration and mitigation of a flooded home or business begins the moment the water cleanup team arrives on the scene. The restoration and mitigation team will immediately enter the property, taking note of the level, severity and classification of any standing flood water in the business or water in the home. The team will also hunt down any pipe break or supply line break, fixing it and establishing the extent of seepage around the area of the supply line break or pipe break.

The team will begin removing standing water in the home or water in the business

Next, the cleanup team will begin removing standing water from the flooded home or business. All standing water in the home or water in the business will be removed through the use of extremely powerful vacuum equipment, which is designed to suck out thousands of gallons every hour. Once this has been completed, which usually only takes a few minutes, the drying process will begin.

The team begins drying the premises

Using highly powerful drying equipment that is specially designed for flooding situations, the team will begin both drying the entire property and dehumidifying the air. In most cases, an ambient humidity of close to zero percent can be reached, much accelerating the drying process. This step of the cleanup usually takes the longest of any of the steps, lasting from a couple hours to a whole day.

The team will also carefully dry the area around the original pipe break or supply line break, making sure all moisture, visible or not, has been completely removed from the area. At this point, the restoration company team will have returned the flooded home or business almost entirely to its original state. But they will still need to do a final cleansing to complete the restoration process.

Cleansing of surfaces, furniture and fixtures

Using specialized chemicals and cleaning implements, the team will thoroughly cleanse all surfaces within the home or business that were exposed to the flood water. This will completely disinfect all surfaces, restoring them to their original condition and eliminating the possibility of foul smells developing later on.
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