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water leak damaged homes - the restoration

Leaky roofing and leaky pipes can cause a lot of damage to a house. If you don't act quickly, these two problems can result in major repairs that can get quite costly and complicated. My blog will show you how to identify these problem areas and how to judge the severity of the damage sustained. Having restored a few homes over the years before selling them, I have a lot of experience working with water damaged homes. I hope that all of the information that I have included here in this blog will help you get through the process with fewer issues.


water leak damaged homes - the restoration

The Process of Water Damage Restoration

by Paul Burton

There are times when buildings experience water damage. This could be the result of a storm, broken indoor plumbing and more. Once a building experiences water damage, the next step is to clean it up. Successful water restoration involves a process. There are no governmental regulations that involve water restoration procedures. Many companies follow the standards prescribed by the Institution of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). Initial Contact After a building has water damage, it is important the owner contact a restoration company as soon as possible. It is important to be able to provide some information upon initial contact. They will need to know the cause of the water damage. It is important to know the extent of the flooding within the building. The company will also want to know the type of water that flooded the building. They will also want to know if flooding in the building has stopped. Assessment Upon arriving at the flooded building, company representatives will do a visual inspection of the flood damaged area. They will ensure all power in the area is turned off. The cause of the flooding will be identified. The extent of the flooding will be determined. A plan for water extraction will be developed. Water Extraction The company will know what equipment to use for the water extraction process. Every effort will be made to minimize damage. When the proper equipment is used, large amounts of water can be quickly removed from an area. The process may involve both portable and truck mounted pumps. Removing Debris Once all standing water has been removed from a building, cleaning the debris will begin. This is a time to identify property that is destroyed and items that are salvageable. Drying Once the affected area is free of debris, the drying process begins. A variety of tools will be used to remove moisture as quickly as possible. Channels will be created in walls, floors, cabinets and more. Blowers and a variety of drying equipment will be used. The goal is to decrease the chance of mold forming in the affected area. Reconstruction During this phase, the company will begin the process of restoring the affected area back to its former state. Paint and other types of finishing will be applied. New carpet can be installed and more. All of this will be done in accordance with the owner's instructions. Sanitation Once the reconstruction is complete, all equipment will be removed from the area. Air filtration techniques can be used to prevent mold and any types of odor problems. Systems can be used to remove particle as small as .3 microns. Prevention Once the water damage restoration is complete, it will be important to prevent mold contamination from developing in the future. Water damage restoration companies, like Property Doctors, will provide the building owner with suggestions to make this possible.