Flood and Water Damage Restoration and Recovery Guide
Water damage can cause significant damage to building materials, structure, personal belongings and possible psychological damage to the ones who goes through the emergency situation.
Proper water damage restoration and recovery process consists of the following steps and procedures, following EPA and IICRC standards and guidelines as well as OSHA regulations for safety.
The actual water damage occurrence, flood water or internal burst water supply line emergency, flood can originate from rain, street main line emergency flood, sprinkler activation, underground water or burst pipe.
Building materials begin to absorb water as well as personal belongings, some materials do not tolerate higher moisture content, therefore damage begin to occur, no building interior is created to withstand excessive water amount.
Humidity is considered the largest property damage creator, causing irreversible damage to personal belongings, Artwork and documentation, as well as finishing carpentry elements and electronics.
Restoration work involves the following steps: immediate relocation of artwork, wall certifications, personal property and paperwork, extraction of standing water, removal of affected non-salvageable building materials like: laminate flooring, vinyl flooring, carpeting, kitchen cabinets, baseboards, wallpaper and other finishing materials reducing drying time.
Drying Equipment Set up.
Drying equipment is critical part of the restoration process, the restoration industry has variety of tools, LGR dehumidifiers, air movers, structural drying equipment, pressurized vapor, desiccant dehumidifiers, heaters and hardwood floor drying systems, daily monitoring using digital moisture meters, infrared thermal imaging cameras are very important part of the drying process this equipment confirms progress in drying which needs to be documented daily for personal and insurance purposes until confirming completion. Reducing drying time eliminates the chances of microbial/mold/ growth. Most property structural drying should be completed within 3 to 5 days , except stone, hardwood flooring and concrete.
Moving, storage and cleaning of personal belongings.
All personal items removed from the job-site are transported for drying at the restoration contractor cleaning and storage facility. Ones all items are itemized all salvageable items are separated for cleaning, the rest of them are brought to clients attention for review before being discarded. Clean and restored items are delivered on completion of property restoration.
Repair of the property.
During the drying process building, affected building materials are discarded, therefore repairs are often required. Standard repairs include: drywall repair, electrical work, installation of floor covering, painting, insulation and baseboards.
When the water damage is significant, people consider remodeling and renovation since the property is under construction.
Insurance coverage plays important role, not all insurance policies covers flood and water damage, many depends on type of water loss. Taking the time to consult with insurance agent is recommended in order to get proper coverage specific to your area.