Water Damage to Your Home and What Comes Next

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Bad weather can cause excess water flooding or cause pipes to burst inside your home. Your home may suffer water damage that is difficult to repair. There are many things a homeowner can do to begin the water clean up and water damage repair to stop secondary property damage. The first is to hire a certified professional that is part of a flood recovery company which will likely help to get rid of any serious health or structural threats. Contaminated storm water surges or floods can carry pathogens and become a breeding ground for mold. If allowed to fester, these mold spores can spread throughout the building and become even more difficult to remove. Immediate disaster restoration is recommended. In many cases, governmental agencies could condemn the structure due to microbial threat.

2015-09-05_21-52-05The main reason why a home is sensitive to water damage is because moisture is difficult to detect once the floods recede. Standing liquids can destroy carpet and the carpet removal may be recommended or carpet water extraction depending on the severity of the water damage.  Carpet flooding can also seep through drywall and may collect moisture behind the walls, where mold and bacteria may multiply out of sight.  If this happens, this is called secondary damage and dry wall removal is a must at this point. Emergency restoration is then required. If a family reacts quickly enough, clothes and furniture may be saved. However, people must be careful when entering a building that has recently been flooded. Exposure to wildlife and contaminated liquids can result in serious injury until the flood cleanup services has been finished.

Before entering a home affected by water damage, make sure the electrical power is shut off. Exposed wires or plugged in devices can electrocute people, resulting in major injury or even death and home damage. Also, it’s best to move slowly through the building when re-entering the flooded house. Snakes, reptiles or rodents may be hiding under debris and could lash out and bite suddenly. To protect against wildlife and airborne contaminants in a water damaged home, wear protective clothing from head to toe, including a vapor respirator, rubber gloves and eye protection especially in a flooded basement. Also, wear thick boots that can withstand puncturing and animal bites.

Our professional flood restoration company can quickly identify what items in the home are compromised by water damage. Normally, anything that is porous may need to be discarded if it has come in contact with contaminated flood water. Water extraction of mattresses, box springs pillows and carpets need to done with the water damage removal. So, the second phase of the water damage restoration service may begin which is drying out the home and begin in earnest the water damage repairs. A family can prepare for professional cleaning by getting rid of these items before the technicians arrive, but be sure to properly record and itemize the items for insurance purposes prior to disposing.

2015-09-05_21-52-52When we arrive at your facility, we will be able to track down any pockets of excess moisture and remove them. Certified technicians will locate these pockets of moisture using equipment that measures the moisture in hidden areas such as behind tile that may hide water that is otherwise undetected.  When these moisture pockets are found, the technicians will expose them to air by removing if necessary drywall, tile, etc. Our IICRC certified technicians are also able to speed up the drying process to prevent the growth of any molds or other harmful bacteria and reduce the cost of the water damage.  This includes checking for ceiling water damage and drying out and ceiling repair.

It’s important for a family to hire professionals that are certified for water damage remediation service through a reputable flood recovery company. Flood damage mitigation is a must on a flooded home. Water extraction and flood damage repair get your home back to normal as soon as possible after disaster strikes.

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