When a pipe bursts, the roof leaks, or there’s a flood, water damage is surely not far behind. While the initial devastation of the busted pipe, leaky roof, or flooded home is already bad enough, water damage can bring about a number of other issues that can range from minor to very serious. For this reason, jumping on the water damage restoration process is highly important and something that should be done as soon as possible. Fortunately, if the restoration process is started straight away, there should be no lasting damage in the home or commercial building.
What is the Restoration Process?
You know that the restoration process is important, but what exactly does it entail? In short, there are a few key steps throughout the process that will just about guarantee a full restoration recovery. Finding a company such as Jarvis Restoration that not only understands the restoration process but has an experienced and knowledgeable team on board that can carry out each step flawlessly plays a large part in a successful completion of the process.
The steps include:
- Visual Inspection: To start, a certified water damage technician will be dispatched to your residence or commercial office building to do an initial assessment of the damage. This assessment will often take into account the type of water (pipe water, rain water, etc), how long it has been left standing, and other factors in order to determine what is needed to reverse the most serious effects of the damage. Once this inspection is completed, the technician can make a plan of action and, if there are no safety hazards present, they can secure valuables and other content in order to begin restoration.
- Water Extraction: Once the inspection is complete, the immediate next step is water extraction. This means ridding the area of all standing water as soon as possible as well as removing all wet materials such as rugs, pillows, toys, clothes, and even furniture. Water may be extracted using pumps or other means – whatever is most effective in removing it completely. Your technician will likely also remove wet surfaces found on the ceilings, walls, and floors in order accelerate the drying process. Other items that may be removed include baseboards, non-salvageable drywall and insulation, and even some fixtures such as cabinets and drawers if they are too thoroughly damaged. In short, every wet surface that can be removed, must be removed to prevent mold growth.
- Proper Drying Techniques and Stabilization: Once all affected materials are removed and wet surfaces have been taken care of, the drying process will begin. Commercial grade equipment will be used throughout the process such as dehumidifiers that can pull moisture out of the floors, walls, and ceiling, air movers, wood floor drying systems, and heaters to generate dry air. Overall, increased air circulation and evaporation are key for effective drying. Throughout this step, the area and environment must be carefully observed in order to document progress and make changes if progress is slow or not halted. The drying process usually takes between 2 and 4 days to complete, but may be longer or shorter depending upon the extent of the damage.
- Go Over Damage: After the drying process is finished, the water damage restoration technician will do another inspection to make sure that all the water has been removed from the area. This is, again, imperative to prevent mold growth or rot, which can occur if moisture is left unchecked for too long. If there is mold growth or the beginnings of it, mold growth removal and restoration must be done before the final step of the water damage restoration process.
- Reconstruct and Restore: Once water damage has been assessed, cleaned, and mitigated, the structure itself has been thoroughly dried, the reconstruction and restoration process can begin. Reconstruction will take place if the walls, floors, or ceilings had to be compromised in order to remove ruined drywall, insulation, and other materials. This may also include replacing furniture and returning the home or commercial building to its normal state. At the end of the process, there should be no mold, moisture, or other issues left. Your dwelling should be returned to a safe and healthy state.
Jarvis Restoration understands each step of the water damage restoration process and works to carry it out efficiently and effectively. As the team moves through each step, customers can rest assured that there will be no cut corners or shortcuts taken. Jarvis Restoration understands and appreciates the seriousness of water damage, meaning it is never taken lightly.