Water damage refers to different possible losses resulting from water intrusion into a structure in which it may enable penetration of an active biological material or mechanism by destructive microbial processes like rot, corrosion of metal, growth of mold, growth of bacteria, rusting of iron, etc. Water damage is a common phenomenon and can cause extensive property damage. The damage is due to a number of reasons like overflowing gutters, septic tanks, storm water run-off, leakage pipes, clogged drains, pipe breakage, gas leaks, improper use of appliances, lack of maintenance equipment, fire, and explosion. It may also be due to wear and tear of building materials or furniture, exposure to toxic chemicals or pesticides, and natural calamities like hurricane, tornado, earthquake, and flood. In most cases, the damage is not so severe and repairable at economical prices, but if it is extensive and severe, then immediate steps for restoration are necessary to make the structure usable once again.
Water Damage Restoration may be done by the owner himself, or a water damage restoration company. But, before hiring anyone for the job, there are few things that have to be considered. Hiring the right person is the first thing to do. This includes the reputation of the company, the certification of the professionals, the experience of the team, the cost of restoration, and what the insurance company will cover. If all these points are properly analyzed, then it would be easy to hire the right people for the job. However, hiring a professional Water Damage Restoration company is not a tough job and can be done with ease.
The professionals hired for the job will begin with assessing the extent of the damage and the areas in which water had entered through cracks in the walls or doors. They assess whether the walls or doors are mold-friendly and whether the mold has already started growing on the walls and the doors. Based on this assessment, the next step is to clean the mold affected areas, especially those with mold spores.
Once the mold growth has been removed, the Water Damage Restoration crew will remove the dampness that had entered through the cracks. This is usually done by using high pressure hoses and dehumidifiers to suck out all the excess moisture. The dehumidifiers are designed to remove excess moisture from the surrounding air and to condition the indoor temperature. For the walls, the restoration crew will remove the drywall and replace it with new drywall. Sometimes the entire wall has to be replaced to remove the mold spores.
After the walls are restored to their original condition, the Water Damage Restoration technician will install the mold inhibitors. These are made from special materials and are applied on the walls within a very short time. In many cases, they take just a few days to set and need to be left for just 365 days. Once the time period has elapsed, the technicians will wipe the inhibitor off the walls. During this process, the restoration team will also fix the electrical and the HVAC systems if they are damaged.
In the end, a Water Damage Restoration contractor can say that his team has encountered some of the worst conditions in terms of mold growth in the past. But because they have experience working with flood damage, they are well equipped with the necessary knowledge and experience working with the damp areas inside the houses and in the bathrooms. It is really important for them to understand how to prevent future mold attacks because without it, their businesses will be at risk. So, the next time you are faced with such situations, it is wise to contact an experienced water damage restoration contractor immediately.