Water Damage Restoration 101: Save Your Home

When dealing with water damage to your house or business, it doesn’t matter whether the spill is large or small. The basic goal is always the same, to clean the water and dry out everything. This needs to be performed as soon as possible after the damage has happened. You must act quickly. 

Of course, acting quickly does not mean acting ignorantly. Much of what is required to properly deal with water damage can be cared for right now, before disaster strikes and leaves you hip deep in raw sewage. Taking the opportunity to be certain that your insurance covers water-associated problems is wise. Bear in mind that in the event the problem can at all be traced back to homeowner neglect, then it won’t be covered.

You may also rearrange your home to be more prepared in the event of a flood or other water damage event. Move appliances and valuable things to high floors, and elevate power outlets and electrical boxes into higher wall places. Of course, none of this will guarantee less damage to your house, but it can’t hurt either.

Water damage restoration is an involved, multi-layered procedure, comprising specific measures that have to be taken in a particular sequence to ensure success. Attempting to do this will result in some of the subsequent problems listed above.

Water Extraction – this is the procedure for removing the extra water out of the property and is typically done via the use of a wet-dry vacuum unit or gasoline-powered gas pump. No electrical pumps should be used, and do not try to use your regular vacuum cleaner to eliminate water. You’ll only wind up getting a new vacuum cleaner. Trust me.

If the flooding is in your cellar, be careful not to pump the water out too fast. This could result in sudden pressure fluctuations which may weaken your cellar walls, making them prone to collapse. Pump out the water at the rate of approximately 1/3 per day. The majority of the water may be taken out via the water extraction procedure.

Secondary Drying – once the extra water is out, surfaces may seem dry, but a cursory bit will show that they are not. They will retain a significant amount of water, and the only way to wash out it is via the flow of air. Open all windows and doors to get air moving through the house. Bring in many high-velocity fans and blowers (the more the merrier) and dehumidifiers to help the process along. Transfer the components around every couple of hours to guarantee total drying policy, and let a few times for the process to finish.

Fix – this requires the cleaning and cleaning of all items damaged by water and might be the single most time-consuming step in the process. Damaged items should be taken out of the area and repaired elsewhere. They might require cleanup, and in some cases, disinfecting. In cases of sewage-based water damage, it might become an issue of determining what can be salvaged and what should be thrown out.

Restoration – this is the procedure of taking care of the fine detail elements designed to return your house to its pre-loss condition. At this point, the home is prepared to welcome its inhabitants back.

Of course, the process might be more difficult than described, especially in bigger cases of water damage, but the general concept and direction remain unchanged. The process may also take place over a period of days or perhaps weeks, again, based on the dimensions. The scope of the project alone makes it beyond the skills of most homeowners.

That is the reason you need to contact your regional IICRC certified St Charles water damage restoration professionals. They are available 24/7 to support all of your flood restoration and water damage needs. A phone call gets a technician to your house within the hour, prepared to evaluate your situation, and start water restoration procedures instantly.

To learn more about home flooding security, check out how to protect your home from floods and everything to do following a basement flood. For flood water damage repair and mold remediation service, contact your regional PuroClean office or visit their website to learn more.