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How to Address Residential and Commercial Flood Damage Effectively

7/27/2017 (Permalink)

How to Address Residential and Commercial Flood Damage Effectively

Water damage is one of the most potentially serious problems that a property owner can face. Even small amounts of water damage can lead to serious repercussions, such as out-of-control mold growth or structural compromise. When dealing with a potential flood damage situation, it is absolutely crucial that a professional restoration company be called in to begin the restoration of the flooded home and make sure that appropriate steps are taken in the mitigation of any water damage.

The flood damage restoration and mitigation process

Over the years, a well-established protocol for the restoration and mitigation of water damage has taken hold. This is a proven and effective means of mitigation of flood damage, such as that resulting from a pipe break, supply line break or other cause of a flooded home.

Generally speaking, the restoration process follows five steps, each of crucial importance. In the rest of this article, we'll take a look at the water cleanup process and what steps are involved in dealing with potential flood damage.

Any time a property owner notices water in home or water in a business, they should immediately call their local professional restoration company. Time is of the essence. If the restoration company can begin the water cleanup process within the first five hours of the appearance of water in the home or water in the business, the chances of a total restoral of the property to its prior condition are nearly 100 percent. On the other hand, waiting more than 24 hours will cause the chances of permanent damage to rise, with every passing hour.

The water cleanup team will arrive, probably within less than an hour. They will begin assessing the extent of water in the home or water in the business. Through the use of advanced detection devices, they will be able to see if there is water in the home or water in the business that has seeped into spots not visible to the naked eye. If there is an active pipe break or supply line break, the flow of water will be stanched, and the pipe break or supply line break will be closed, with a welder, if necessary.

The next step is the wholesale removal of water. Using high-powered pumps and specialized vacuum equipment, all standing water will be removed from the property. By the time the cleanup team is done, there will be no visible water left.

Next, the flooded home will begin undergoing the drying process. This involves the use of industrial-strength drying equipment, similar to that used in large car washes. The team will also deploy powerful dehumidifiers, which are capable of removing thousands of pounds of moisture from the atmosphere, each hour.

At this point, with the drying process complete, there will be no further risk to the property, assuming the root causes of the supply line break, pipe break or other source of flooding have been properly addressed.

After the property has been dried, any items that were removed from the premises will be thoroughly cleaned. Using a process similar to dry cleaning, special chemicals will be deployed that are capable of cleaning and restoring such items as photos, books and furniture. The cleanup team will also use special sanitization products, which are capable of eliminating any nascent mildew or mold growths as well as eliminating unpleasant smells that often result from the water logging of materials, even after they have been completely dried out.

Now the cleanup process will be complete. The property will be completely restored to its prior condition, and the entire process will usually have taken no more than 24 hours, from phone call to the team leaving for the last time.
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