Water Damage Restoration Process

May 8, 2018

Water is an important part of our ecosystem. It is also something that all of us need in order to survive. When it enters the home in a variety of ways, however, it can lead to extreme property damage, mold and illness for anyone living in the home. That is why it is so vitally important to contact a water damage restoration company as soon as possible. In fact, once the water becomes evident in the home, the clock starts ticking. The longer the problem is allowed to continue, the more issues are going to result.

The water damage restoration process actually involves a number of different steps. The first step, however, is to have a professional inspection done. They will look into the damage that has been caused by the water and determines what must take place in order to get your home back into livable condition again. “Keep in mind that not all of the damage to the home is going to be visible and in some cases, the majority of the damage takes place behind the walls, under the floor and above the ceiling”, says Juliana Mikhael, foundation repair specialist at Global Reblocking. Unless all of the issues are corrected, it is going to continue to be a problem.

The second step of the process is the removal of any water that still exists in the home. This may require the use of specialty vacuums and/or pumps. Using a professional service allows the process to take place quickly. The timing is important because bacteria and mold begin growing almost immediately. Once the water has been removed, the drying process and dehumidification starts. This will remove any additional moisture that still remains. In some cases, it could take weeks for the drying process to complete.

All of the belongings inside of the home need to be sanitized and cleaned properly. This will help to clear up any bacterial or mold growth and prevent it from continuing. The cleaning process may involve anything from clothing and carpeting to the furniture. Air scrubbers may also be used.

The final, and largest step in the process is the restoration. It may be necessary to replace items within the home, including the insulation and drywall. It may be simple in some cases but in other cases, additional issues may be uncovered, such as damaged plumbing with asbestos or lead.  My friend Brad, a McKinney plumber in Texas says, “as a plumber working as long as I have, I know there is a serious health risk when exposed to damaged asbestos pipes”.

The water damage restoration process is rather involved. Hiring a professional service allows the issue to be resolved as quickly as possible and gets you back in your home.