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Restoring a Flooded Home to its Original Condition

9/27/2017 (Permalink)

Restoring a Flooded Home to its Original Condition

There is, perhaps, no single greater threat that a typical property owner faces than having their premises flooded. Water damage is among the most serious conditions that can afflict a property, potentially causing lasting damage and even the total loss of the property's value. Fortunately, there are established protocols for dealing with flood damage, which have been proven effective over decades of experience.

The most important thing that anyone who notices flood water in their business or water in their home can do is to immediately call in their local flood damage restoration company. With prompt action, almost all flood damage can be completely reversed. However, water damage that is allowed to sit for periods of more than about 24 hours will begin to carry a higher risk of permanently damaging the property. Flood damage that is allowed to go untreated for a week will almost always result in serious and lasting damage to the property. This may even result in the total write-off of the structure.

A professional restoration company can prevent this from happening. In this article, we'll take a look at what happens when a professional restoration company is called in to the scene of a flood and what the overall mitigation and restoration process looks like.

The call is made and the restoration and mitigation team arrives

The water damage mitigation and restoration process always begins with its single most crucial element. The property owner must call in their local restoration company. This is extremely important because the tasks involved in the proper restoration and mitigation of water damage are far beyond the capabilities of almost all home or business owners. Any time a property owner notices flood water in their business or water in their home, it is, therefore, necessary to call in the professionals.

Once the call is made,the water cleanup team will usually arrive within minutes. Arriving on the scene, they will enter the premises and immediately begin surveying the damage, taking note of the extent and classification of the flood water in the home or water in the business and moving quickly to stanch any active leaks in the area of the original supply line break or pipe break. Special care will be taken to determine if any water has seeped into structural components or other hard-to-see locations around the point of the pipe break or supply line break.

The water cleanup team will begin removing water

The next step in the water cleanup process is the wholesale removal of standing water in the home or water in the business. Using extremely powerful vacuum equipment, the water cleanup team will be able to remove up to 2,000 gallons of water per hour. This means that the water removal phase is typically the shortest portion of the cleanup of the flooded home or business. By the time this step is complete, the flooded home or business will appear more or less normal. But there will still be a great deal of water logging and excess moisture throughout the premises.

The drying process commences

The next step in the remediation of the flooded home or business is the complete drying of all surfaces, structures and furniture affected by the floodwaters. During this phase, the team will use sophisticated and powerful drying equipment. This includes industrial-level dehumidifiers that are often able to reduce the ambient humidity to nearly zero percent.

The team will also use specialized drying equipment to ensure that the area around the original supply line break or pipe break is completely dried out. This is the area in the flooded home or business that will often experience hidden moisture accumulation. Even hidden areas around the pipe break or supply line break will be thoroughly dried by this powerful industrial drying equipment.

The property will then be cleansed, preventing mold formation and the proliferation of foul odors.
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