restore-water-damageWater damage is one of the most severe types of damage that a property can withstand. The damaging effects of water on one’s residence can range from milder forms like mold forming on the surfaces that weren’t properly dried all the way to the destruction of appliances, furniture and floors. This is why any water damage restore and restoration effort needs to start with a thorough evaluation of the affected area. Have a professional restoration service assess the area and find out how the damage occurred, its extent as well as any potential loss of materials.

It’s important to differentiate between the levels of contamination in the water causing the damage. There are three categories of water cleanliness when examining the water that caused the damage. The first category refers to any clear water from a sanitary source, be it from broken clean water pipes, faucets, toilet tanks or even bottles. However, certain conditions such as time and contamination can cause the level of the water cleanliness to fall into one of the subsequent categories.

The second category is a more unsanitary type of water, one whose ingestion can potentially cause illness. This so-called grey water usually occurs when dishwashers or washing machines overflow, and it can also be caused by an overflow of toilet water mixed with some amount of urine. As is the case with the previous category, certain factors can cause this category of water to further degrade. The third category of water is the most dangerous one as it is the most unclean, potentially being fatal if ingested. Called black water, there are many sources of this microbe-rich water, including toilet water containing fecal matter, sewage overflows and even rain driven by wind.

Once the water damage restore and restoration professionals have assessed the cleanliness of the water causing the damage, as well as the level of saturation and the exact materials that absorbed moisture, steps are taken to deal with the immediate as well as long-lasting effects of water damage. The initial assessment often includes the use of probes and various infrared tools to remove any doubts in regards to the source and extent.

Afterwards, the structure must be dried completely on every level that has been affected by humidity. If the water was unclean, sanitization is another key component, as is the subsequent deodorizing of any surface that might have been touched by water. The drying process can take several days and continues after the initial work has taken place in the absence of the restoration professionals. Many devices that somehow aid in the drying of a structure are left behind, such as dehumidifiers and air scrubbers and movers, and after some days have passed, the water restoration specialists will return to monitor the drying process. The work is only considered complete once the specialists are certain the property has been completely and thoroughly dried. The losses you have sustained will often be in direct relation to how diligent you were in ensuring any valuable or delicate items weren’t within the water’s reach once the flooding started taking place.