There are several causes of water damage that can happen in your home. This includes, but is not limited to, burst pipes, appliance malfunctions, flooded basements, rain storms, and sewer backups. When any of these misfortunes occur, water damage isn’t far away, especially if the water has been standing for a long period of time. This is especially true if there was any sewage water in your home, to begin with. Water can affect so many different items in your home including your floors, walls, furniture, personal belongings, etc. This water can also bring along dangerous additions like mold and mildew if not handled quickly.
Sad to say, water damage cleanup is so much more than just drying up the water and goes much deeper than the surface. Just taking care of the surface will not prevent bacteria, viruses, and mold from growing. Porous materials such as furniture, carpet, and drywall may seem dry, but in reality, they have more water far beneath the surface. Cleaning this beneath will not be possible without professional help. Unless properly dried and treated by a water restoration team, foul orders and potential health issues can result. Water damage restoration is all about cleaning up any water and stopping any future damage.
The restoration process typically entails a five-step process. We will cover each step in order to help you fully understand what happens when you call a team to help with your home’s cleanup.
Before experts can begin cleaning your home, they must be able to assess the situation to understand what they are working with. They will bring over equipment specifically designed to detect moisture in any materials or items that could have been affected by the water. With this equipment, they will be able to classify the damage ranging from Class 1 to Class 4. After the inspection, the experts will inform you of the cost to continue with the restoration process and how long it will take.
After inspection, professionals will begin to remove standing water with extracting equipment like vacuums or pumps. Standing water can bring a ton of damage to your home, particularly if it stays for long periods of time. Water extraction is especially important when attempting to prevent mold or mildew growth. After the water has been extracted, additional inspections will be conducted to determine if the flooring needs to be replaced.
At this stage, your home may seem dry, but further drying and dehumidifying will need to begin. It’s important to remove water from anything that still contains water after the extraction process. If these materials are left with water inside, they will begin to break, grow mold, or warp. The moisture levels in the walls and floors will determine if the home is truly dry so that professional cleaning can begin.
Now that the home is completely dry, professionals can begin to clean and sanitize all surfaces. This is done to ensure that no mold can grow and that your home is preserved as possible. Cleaning should always be performed by experts trained in the safety and sanitization requirements of water-damaged homes. During the cleaning process, they will also dispose of any damaged materials that cannot be restored.
The last step in the water damage cleanup process is restoring anything that can be saved from water damage. During this step, specialists will return your home back to its original state to the best of their ability. Any items that cannot be restored due to permanent damage will be replaced. This work can include drywall repair, floor repair, and carpet cleaning.
Experiencing a flood as a result of a broken pipe, faulty appliance, or a big storm can be devastating. It can make you feel helpless especially when it destroys your home and personal belongings with its presence in your home. Fortunately, the professionals at Perfection Restoration & Cleaning Services can help you through the entire water damage cleanup process. They will ensure that you get the job done right and your home back to its former state.