Water damage refers to different possible losses occasioned by water intrusion from a source into a building in which it may allow passage of an infectious material or biological process by damaging attacking metabolic processes like bacteria growth, rotting of wood, the growth of molds, rusting of metal, et al. Water Damage Restoration deals with the process of restoring a damaged structure to its original condition. The word “water damage” itself implies both physical and biological damage and the process of restoration depends on both the nature of damage and on the ability and expertise of the professionals involved. Restoration may be done both indoor and outdoor.
In most cases, the very first step to take in water damage restoration involves the removal of mildew, mold, corrosion, dirt and other contaminants from the area. Mildew is a growth of organic material in a living or non-living material, while mold is the accumulation of that organic material. It is important to remove both mildew and mold completely so that they do not reinfect the area in which they have developed. Mildew can be removed either by using special mildew removers that are available in most pet stores, or by employing a chemical solution that will destroy the mold.
If mildew or mold growth does occur within walls and other areas of the building, then the next step to take would be to remove the water that had penetrated through the drywall or other porous surfaces. Water that had entered through the drywall in order to escape to the basement or crawl spaces should be allowed to escape through the opening that was cut in the drywall. If the water has remained in these areas after it has been removed from the surface, then the water mitigation team should be called in.
Once the water has been removed from the surface of the walls and crawl spaces, the next step to take is to remove the wet or damp building materials from the affected areas. Wet or damp building materials should be removed as soon as possible and then all surfaces should be thoroughly dry-cleaned. Carpeting should be removed, as well as any other porous surface materials such as drywall paper or wood framing. These materials contain moisture, which could be a significant hazard to anyone who enters the affected space. Water mitigation professionals can assist with this process.
Once all surfaces have been cleaned and any porous materials dry-cleaned, the next step to take in the water damage restoration process is to assess the overall extent of the damage. This can be determined by a visit to an assessor who will be able to determine the cost of the entire water damage restoration process. The insurance company should be contacted for any additional information, and an estimate of cost and completion time should be provided. The insurance company might suggest the use of contractors to complete the work. The insurance company should also provide the contact information for these contractors. If the water damage restoration process is being handled by more than one contractor, the insurance company should provide an opportunity for the contractors to contact each other and negotiate pricing.
When there is a severe flood, the insurance company often requests that the water mitigators perform a physical examination of the damaged building. Based on this information, the mitigation team will be able to estimate the cost of the water damage restoration job. Water mitigation companies might be able to save a building owner money by offering to pay for portions or all of the cost of the damaged structure, depending on the severity of the flooding. They can even offer to help completely restore a building to its original condition, including gutting out any parts that may need to be replaced. Water mitigation companies are trained to restore homes to their preloss condition in a timely manner, and they often charge a nominal fee for this service.