What Does A Water Damage Restoration Company Do?
July 22, 2020
If your home or your commercial building has been severely damaged by a flood, by excessive rain, by a burst pipe or by some other process that has led to the penetration of water into building parts where there is no place for excess moisture or ponding water, the best way to act is by hiring a water damage restoration company to extract the moisture from your building and to help you mitigate the damage. Here is how your Denver water damage restoration companies will handle your building damaged by water.
Ensuring Safety and Damage Assessment
The first thing that your water damage restoration team will check after they arrive is whether the area that has been affected by the water damage is safe to enter. They will disconnect the electricity and the gas supply to eliminate the risk of electrical shock and gas explosions, then they will enter into the damaged area to assess the damage. In that phase, you can ask all your questions about how the damage restoration will be handled.
Water Removal and Drying
The next step in the damage restoration process is the emptying of the room and the extraction of the water. You team will install high-capacity pumps that remove as much of the excess water as possible. When the work of the pumps is complete, the damage restoration team will take care of the drying process. They can use strong ventilators and other devices to extract any lingering water from the air, from the walls and the floor as well as from any items that could not be removed from the room.
The phase that follows the extraction of ponding water and moisture is the cleaning of the room. This is an important phase, no matter what caused the leak, and it has special importance in the case of water damage caused by flooding. Flood water usually contains lots of harmful chemicals and contaminants that can cause very serious illnesses, therefore everything that has come into contact with flood water needs to be cleaned with professional methods.
The cleaning after the water has been removed should involve the cleaning of the walls, too. Plaster, drywall and insulation absorb water very quickly. The materials are also thick, so leaving them to dry out on their own might take very long – the process might not be complete for years and poses the risk of the appearance of mold and mildew in the building. The best way to prevent the issue is by removing the plaster, the drywalls and the insulation that has been affected by the water damage, then to restore the walls when their water content has been reduced to the minimum. Some, not all, Denver water damage restoration companies are also licensed building restoration companies that you can hire for restoring your walls and floors – if you can, hire a water damage restoration company that provides such services as well. If there is no such company available in your area, contact a building restoration company for the process.