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Water Damage Restoration

How To Conquer Water Damage Restoration

Water Damage Restoration

You don’t always know when you have a water leak. They can happen anywhere in the house, at any time, for a number of reasons. Your first order of business is to move quickly. The longer you leave the mess, the more likely it is for deeper damage to occur. If you’re attempting to conquer water damage restoration on your own, it’s important to not only get your property back to normal as quickly as possible but if you don’t fully assess the situation, you could be putting yourself at risk for bodily harm or illness. Things like hidden structural damage, mold, and contaminants like chemicals or sewage could be a part of the problem and if not handled properly, can be very dangerous and harmful to yourself and others. Read on to learn what you can do in the event of a leak, and truly conquer water damage restoration to make your home feel like home again.

Finding The Leak

One helpful indication of a leak is a rise in your water bill. If you see a significant spike on your bill, it may be due to a leak in your home. To be certain the spike isn’t due to seasonal changes, compare you water bills on the same month from the previous year.

Additionally, the more obvious signs of a leak are dripping water from your ceilings or walls, signs of failing structural integrity, or often times, the signs are small coffee-colored stains that may expand over time. You may have to do some investigating as water travels fast and far from the leak itself and can cause damage somewhere you wouldn’t expect it.

If you’re able to, remove any damaged drywall to better see where the leak is coming from as well as dry out the area. It’s important to note that the area should be dried out completely! Water often hides inside the structure and can only be found with moisture detection equipment. If you come across mold in your home it’s gravely important to wear gloves and a facemask so you do not inhale the mold in the slightest. If you have any doubts about your ability to conquer water damage restoration, call a professional to get the job done efficiently, accurately, and overall, safely.

The 5-Step Water Damage Restoration Process

  1. Assess the Situation – A professional can best inspect the water damage in your home. Water damage is divided into classes and categories to best outline the actions to restore your property.
  2. Water Removal – The equipment needed to remove the water from your home depends on the extent of the damage. Towels, pumps, and vacuums are the most common options.
  3. Drying and Dehumidifying – This process can take several weeks to fully complete on your own unless you have the right tools. Water damage restoration professionals utilize their specialized, high-speed, industrial air movers and dehumidifiers for highest efficiency.
  4. Cleaning – To prevent the growth of mold and bacteria, carpet repair, upholstery, and rug cleaning are given antimicrobial treatments.
  5. Restoration – Finally and potentially the biggest obstacle in the water damage restoration process, the actual restoration of your home. This can include replacing drywall, or sometimes entire walls if the damage is extensive enough.

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Can Water Damage Be Prevented?

All 50 states experience flooding of some sort. Most water damage is due to indoor plumbing fails. While some types of indoor plumbing fails can’t be prevented, many can. The secret to preventing plumbing fails is regular maintenance.

5 things you can do to prevent water damage

  1. Check all appliances’ water connections and hoses (washer, water heater, dishwasher).
  2. Check the connections are tight under your kitchen and bathroom sink.
  3. Check toilets for signs of leaking.
  4. Monitor water bills.
  5. Always shut off the water after use.

Why You Should Go With A Professional for Your Water Damage Restoration

This is a common question we get. Is hiring a professional really necessary? This answer is ultimately up to you, but keep in mind you need to extract the water properly and immediately to avoid a progression of damage to your home. A few important benefits to hiring a professional for your water damage restoration project below:

  • Equipment – Not only do professionals have tried and tested equipment to extract, dry, and dehumidify the water damage, but they have the equipment to find the leak. This is very important to prevent further damage to your home.
  • Training and Certification – Many companies believe in continual education and specialized training. Make sure your professional water damage restoration company has either The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) or the Restoration Industry Association (RIA).
  • Extensive Restoration – The job isn’t complete once the water is gone. The area needs to be dried out and cleaned out of any potential mold or other harmful contaminants. Water extraction to restoration, professional water extraction services is the way to go.

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If you are in need of an emergency water damage restoration service, call us now! We offer 24/7 services and our emergency response time is under 1 hour from the time you call.