Water Damage Restoration: A Step-by-Step Guide
Dealing with water damage can be a very nerve-wracking experience. Understanding the restoration process can help you ease this stress. Some restoration companies follow this process, but Mr. Restore follows each step carefully as if it were our own home.
- Inspection and Assessment
You should call a professional to come to look at your house as soon as you notice water damage. Unlike other restoration companies, Mr Restore will arrive at your property within 60 minutes to inspect the building and any damage that was done. An experienced technician will assess and classify the damage.
Part of this process is assessing what can be salvaged. The most common materials that end up damaged are:
- Printed materials
- Electrical equipment
- Sentimental items
A big factor in whether or not something can be salvaged is whether the water that damaged the items is clean or contaminated. Another factor is the material of the item. Porous materials, such as fabrics, wood, and paper are very good at retaining water. This increases the risk of mold growth and may be damaged beyond repair. The amount of time the items have been wet will be taking into consideration. The longer an item is in water, the deeper the water can soak in. This will make it more difficult to restore it to its original state. They will also consider the cost of repairs compared to the cost of replacements.
- Water Removal
After the assessment, the restoration company will start to extract a majority of the water from your property. Mr Restore uses the most up-to-date technology when removing and drying the water. Having a thorough water extraction will help lower drying time. It can also prevent mold and any secondary water damage. They will use powerful pumps and vacuums to remove water quickly from your house.
Your floors and walls may look dry at first glance after the water has been removed. However, they will still be wet so the best way to assess this is with a thermal imaging camera. A majority of building materials, drywall, and wood, for example, are porous. They can retain a large amount of water. The water will cause these materials to:
- Break down
- Develop Mold
The restoration company will try to prevent this in the drying and dehumidification process. This removes all of the moisture that couldn’t be removed with the pump or vacuum.
Your home’s walls and floors, as well as any other surfaces, will need professional cleaning treatments. The restoration company will clean your salvageable belongings, along with your property’s structure. They might use one of the following processes:
- Dry Cleaning
- Wet Cleaning
- Foam Cleaning
- Spray and Wipe
- Abrasive Cleaning
- Immersion Cleaning
They will also try to eliminate odors and sanitize your house. If you choose Mr Restore for your restoration needs, we will walk you through each option. The cleaning process is essential to stop mold growth in your carpets, drapes, and other materials.
- Restoration and Rebuilding
This part of the process is considered a very important step. This is where the drywall, insulation, and carpet is replaced if needed. Sometimes they need to replace entire walls. Mr Restore will be sure to work with your insurance agency to ensure that you are well informed and understand what is going on. We take pictures of the entire process and update you with every step of the way using our customer portal.
The most important tip that we can offer is for you to act fast! The quicker you call a professional, the faster you can stop water damage from setting in and ruining your home. Don’t hesitate to call the professionals at Mr. Restore for any of your water damage and restoration needs. You can give us a call or visit our website to learn more about how we can assist you on this process.