Water damage restoration is a process that requires quite a few steps; it is also a process that should only be handled by a water restoration contractor that is certified, licensed and highly experienced. To get a better idea of the process of water damage restoration here is a brief step by step explanation.
1. Visual Inspection
The first thing that a water damage technician that is certified will do is an initial assessment; this will help them to determine the exact action that is needed to reverse that adverse effects that water damage has caused. Once the evaluation has been completed, if there are no safety hazards to be concerned about, if needed all contents will be secured, and the restoration can begin.
2. Water Extraction
Damage containment as well as extracting all the water is the number one priority. Any materials that are wets and on the floor such as pillows, throw rugs, toys, clothing, etc. are removed from the area in question. Once all the water has been extracted, the technicians, if needed will begin moving any surfaces on the ceilings, walls or floors that are wet, this helps to expedite the process of drying.
There are times in which baseboards are removed as well as any drywall or wet insulation that is non-salvageable. Any cabinet door and drawers will be opened and the toe kicks may also be removed to accelerate the process of drying. If the damage is serious, cabinets may require replacing. It is important that every wet surface is treated.
3. Stabilizing and Drying
After all wet materials have been extracted and removed, the next process is drying. For this process, commercial grade equipment is used, this may include dehumidifiers, air movers, wood floor drying systems as well as heaters that will generate dry air, this increases the circulation of air and evaporation.
Throughout the process of drying, the environment is monitored on a daily basis and very carefully, all progress results are properly documented. It is crucial to control the levels of moisture; this will prevent the growth of mold. It generally will take two to four days for the drying process to be completed; however, this can vary depending on the scenario as well as the materials that were affected.
4. Damage Re-assessment
After the structural drying has been completed, a certified technician will once again conduct an inspection to guarantee that there are not any moisture pockets that are hidden this could cause further damage that is water related as well as mold growth.
Once any and all water damage has been properly mitigated and once the structure has been thoroughly dried out and is up to standard, of there has been any damage to the structure, or if there is any replacement required of any other building materials, the final step in the restoration process will be reconstruction.
Once all of the above-mentioned processes have been properly completed by a certified, licensed and experienced water damage restoration contractor, your home should once again be a place that is safe and healthy to live in.