The last thing anyone wanted to think about when their home is devastated by flooding is what it will take afterwards to get their lives and their home, back to what it was before. Countless hours of water extraction, cleaning up, and replacement necessary materials in the home can be a daunting task to anyone but even more so to those whose lives have been changed so quickly, without rhyme or reason. Hiring a group of professional water damage restoration experts can save you time, money and your sanity in the face of a disaster.
What they Can Handle on Their Own, Easier than You Can
A professional water damage restoration team has the experience and know-how to get the job done, quickly, thoroughly and at far less expensive than any homeowner could do on their own. Trying to do it yourself can get costly, especially considering that you will have to find and rent all the blowers, extractors and other necessary machines that a group of professionals will already have at their disposal.
Secondly, this kind of water damage repair experts are also knowledgeable about seeking out, and eradicating mold and mildew that goes along with flooding before it can permeate your home, and endanger the health of anyone who tries to live in it. Water always goes to the lowest point on a plane, and not everyone realizes the hidden dangers that can be growing in a basement or crawlspace. And, they can be your best ally when it comes to dealing with insurance companies, and getting your claims taken care of quickly.
Necessary Steps to Completely Restore Your Home
Beyond water removal, the process required to completely restore a home from flooding, and quickly repair damage from water that has occurred inside and outside of a home, takes a defined series of operations that can not be skipped for the continued safety of the homeowner and the Structural integrity of the home itself. Many states have specific rules that govern water damage, especially dealing with mold, mildew and other hazards associated with it that must be followed to the letter by everyone.
Water Extraction: This is often done using a wet vac, a specialized vacuum designed to remove surface water, or with pumps to pull large quantities of water out of the home and into tanks or drains.
Drying of the Structure: This is often done with the help of industrial sized air blowers. Floor models will be focused on carpeting or floor areas, and still others will be mounted on stands or sawhorses to dry out walls and ceiling areas.
Dehumidifying: The industrial dehumidifiers used in this type of repair and restoration project are the most important weapon in the arsenal. Mold and mildew will not be able to grow if the humidity level in an area is kept around 50%.
Disinfecting and Salvaging: Any items that are made out of a porous material, like curtains, carpeting, and bedding that have not already been taken out of the home are now washed out, checked for damage, and if salvageable, washed, disinfected and deodorized . This goes for furniture, as well. Any item left with even the slightest trace of moisture or dirt within it has the chance of growing mold and mildew later on.
Remove Mold: Crawlspaces and basements are notorious for spontaneous mold growth following a flood. Before a structure can be declared livable, every inch of it has to be checked for mold and mildew, and if found, must be eradicated following state statutes of pollution control.
Deodorizing all Ambient Air: The final step in water damage restoration is to seal off the structure, and use air scrubbers to completely deodorize the air trapped inside it. No one can see all the contaminants that a flood can bring into a home, especially in the air. The scrubbers will remove all traces of mold, mildew, dirt and bacteria from the air, eject it through controlled vents, purifying the entire home for use once more.