Water damage restoration is one part of the process of remediating the effects of water on your home. While water damage typically appears to occur as a single incident, two distinct phases are involved in returning your house to a restored and healthy living environment.
Water damage mitigation is always performed first.
Professional mitigation involves an array of specialized technology, purpose-built for water damage recovery. This includes powerful water extraction, high-volume drying and dehumidification equipment, and moisture detectors to track down all water present in the structure, wherever it exists.
Water damage restoration is what comes after all the water is gone. Steps in the process differ according to variables such as the origin of the water as well as the materials and systems in the house that were affected.
Here are some typical aspects of restoration:
Replacing Damaged Structures
Drywall is a major construction material composing walls and ceilings in homes. Drywall is very absorbent and, once saturated with water to any substantial extent, the material is no longer structurally sound. Large portions of soaked drywall may not be effectively dried and could require replacement.
Standing water inside a room may have penetrated flooring materials such as hardwood and tiles, saturating the wooden subfloor beneath. The flooring may require removal in order to dry or replace the subfloor. Professional mitigation experts will attempt to dry the materials in place before removing them.
Attic insulation saturated by water from sources like a roof leak will generally not dry in place. While fiberglass batts may be removed and dried, cellulose loose-fill insulation is generally ruined by water exposure and must be replaced.
Cleaning affected surfaces, HEPA vacuuming and applying EPA-approved antimicrobial solutions to prevent mold is another aspect of water damage restoration. Air samples may be taken to identify the presence of active mold growth triggered by water damage as well as confirm that remediation procedures are successful.
Moisture inside the house is continuously tracked by recording humidity levels in indoor air as well as testing structural materials with moisture meters. The house will not be considered fully dried until testing meets industry standards for dryness established by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification