Water damage is something that needs to be taken seriously and the repair work should not be handled by amateurs. The side effects of water damage like mildew, mold, and contaminated air can be devastating to your house and your health. Just because the water recedes doesn’t mean that the danger is gone.
Topics on this article:
– Inspection of Your Property for Water Damage
– Water Extraction: Getting Rid of Standing Water
– Stabilize the Situation & Prevent Further Damage
– Water Dry Out
– In-Depth Monitoring & Inspection
– Repair Additional Related Damage
Understanding what is needed to properly clean a heavily damaged area and how the process works shows just why you need premier water damage restoration experts like the ones at Disaster Services Water Damage Removal to make sure the job is done right.
1. Inspection of Your Property for Water Damage
The first step is a thorough inspection of the damaged area. This will help us determine the extent of services needed such as additional labor, meters, extraction units, air movers (fans), dehumidifiers, air scrubbers, antimicrobial agent, and containment supplies. The technician will locate the source that caused the damage and stop the flow of water. Professional moisture meters with attachments and thermal imaging cameras will help determine the extent of the damage and what material will need to be removed in order to bring the structure to a pre loss state.
2. Water Extraction: Getting Rid of Standing Water
Placement of dryout equipment can not be installed until all the standing water is removed. Our company uses a very powerful truck mount extraction unit that will help us get the water extracted quickly. Contents, furniture, and appliance will need to be manipulated in order to successfully remove all the standing water. The more water we can remove with our extraction wand, the quicker the soaked up structural material will be dried.
3. Stabilize the Situation & Prevent Further Damage
There are degrees of water damage, and stabilizing the situation to prevent further damage can keep normal water damage from turning into microbial (mold) damage. This isn’t only stopping leaks but also possibly removing damaged walls, floors, or ceilings in order to get all damaged materials that can fester out of the way. Getting rid of trapped water is a crucial part of this step. Most material can be dried in place if the water damage just occurred within the last few days. If there is cavities that need to be reached such as under cabinets or under neither stairs. Material may need to be removed to gain access to these cavities. If the water has sitting for more than 3-4 days then time has allowed for microbial growth to start growing on structural material. In this case most porous and semi-prorous material that was affected will need to be removed. This would include drywall, most cabinets, and most flooring.
5. Dry Affected Structure Materials
A full and thorough drying is the next step. This involves high-powered air movers (fans), dehumidifiers, and in some situations portable heaters will be installed. In some cases plastic sheeting can be installed to contain an affected area to help reduce drying times. There are also can be occasions were it is needed to pull carpet and or remove baseboards in order to have a successful drying of the drywall and the walls framing. Every structure dry out time various. There are many factors that can determian the timeframe that a home or business will be fully dry and ready for rebuild. Some of these factors may include the type of home (stick build, block, concrete, etc.), the extent of the water damage, how long the structure was flooding, is structure being occupied while being dryed, how much material is being removed, is the structure being dried in place with little to no material being removed, is the equipment set up properly, is the weather outside cold, hot, humid or raining, is the building a open design such as vaulted ceilings, ect. The standard dryout that would be the quickest best case scenario is 3 days. However in most cases structures will take between 3-7 days. This doesn't mean that the full amount of equipment is installed for the the entire length of time. Each day an inspection is made and the technician finds an area dry, he will remove the equipment that was placed in that area.
6. In-Depth Monitoring & Inspection
Our technicians are going to monitor the moisture levels and inspect any irregularities in the water damaged areas. We provide daily inspections to ensure that no damage has been missed. Our technicians use the latest moisture, atmospheric and thermal imaging devices to inspect and document daily readings until areas are dry. By doing daily inspections it allows us to re adjust equipment to excellerate the drying process. These inspections also help us reinspect areas to make sure the we are being as efficient as possible.
7. Areas Are Ready For Repairs
If you’ve experienced a water related problem or a disaster at your home or business give Disaster Services a call. They are experts in water damage removal and dry out. We are a premier water damage restoration company in the greater Phoenix metro area. We service areas from Scottsdale, Mesa, Tempe, Gilbert, Apache Junction, Chandler, Peoria, and all the surrounding areas. We always offer free inspections and we’ll work directly with your insurance company so you’ll have no out-of-pocket expenses up front.