Water does a lot of damage to home-building materials. Whether you had a sudden burst pipe that released a lot of water or a slow drip that went on for a long time, there could be damage to your floor and walls. In addition to water damage, your problems might be compounded by mold. Water damage restoration involves many steps that could take quite a while to complete.
The important thing is that you don't wait any longer than necessary to have the water removed and your home dried out. Here are actions a water damage restoration company might take to get your house back to normal.
Remove Things That Can't Be Saved
Once the standing water is removed, the restoration company can begin work on your home. They may need to run dryers, fans, and dehumidifiers to dry out the air, as this might take several days. During that time, the company can remove soaked materials that are beyond saving, such as drywall and carpet. Getting rid of these soaked items helps your home dry out faster too.
Sanitize The Work Area
If your home flooded due to rising water outdoors, then the water in your home is considered contaminated. Water damage from a toilet backup is contaminated too. Even clean water can become a health threat if it is stagnant for very long. The water damage restoration company may need to sanitize part or all of your home to eliminate health threats and make it safe for the crew to work on restoring your house.
Until sanitizing is complete, the work crew needs to wear protective gear while working in your home. Sanitizing includes cleaning and using disinfectants on hard surfaces. The work crew may need to use products that kill and prevent mold. They may even need to use odor-neutralizing machines that kill bacteria and remove musty and stale odors in your house.
Replace Damaged Materials
The amount of restoration work needed depends on the nature of your water leak and what level of your home was flooded. An upstairs leak could affect the ceiling on the level below. Floors often have to be replaced, and this could include replacing the subfloor as well. If the water ran along the ceiling or wall, drywall might need to be replaced too. The goal is to restore your home to its original condition from before the water damage occurred. When finished, your home should not only look good, it should be dry and free from bad odors.