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Restoring Your Property After a Flood

7/21/2017 (Permalink)

Restoring Your Property After a Flood

Flood damage is one of the most pernicious misfortunes that can befall a property. Water damage, when not properly resolved, has the potential to run virtually any material or structure. Because of the tendency of water damage to weaken both superficial and structural components of a home, as well as causing mold and mildew formation, it is absolutely crucial that a professional restoration company be brought onto the scene of the flood damage as soon as possible and that restoration efforts begin quickly.

The good news is that, with prompt steps taken towards the restoration of the property and the mitigation of flood damage, almost all water damage can be completely eliminated, leaving the property in the same state it was in prior to the water damage occurring. But if the flooded home or business is left for more than 24 hours, without corrective action, the water damage is likely to spread, causing structural compromise and even the potential loss of the property.

When a pipe breaks, a supply line breaks or another flooding event occurs, there is a set protocol that has proven effective in the mitigation and restoration of flood damage. Below, we take an in depth look at the process and what should be done whenever water in a home or water in a business threatens the property with flood damage.

Any time there is flood water in a home or flood water in a business, it is absolutely crucial that a team of mitigation experts from the local professional restoration company be called in. The faster a professional water cleanup team can arrive on site, the greater the chances of the flooded home or business being fully restored to its original condition. If commencement of the water cleanup is delayed, even by a day, the likelihood of permanent and severe damage befalling the flooded home or business begins to rise exponentially.

Once the restoration company has been called, the water cleanup team will arrive on site, usually within the first hour. They will immediately enter the property, assessing the extent of the water in the home or water in the business. At this point, if there is still an active leak coming from a pipe break or supply line break, it will be fixed. This may involve the use of heavy welding equipment to cut close the supply line break or pipe break.

If the water in the home or water in the business has spread to areas that are not visible to the eye, the team will be able to detect and note them, through the use of sophisticated instruments that only the cleanup team will have.

At this stage, if there is any standing water remaining, it will be extracted. This will be accomplished through the use of extremely powerful pumping equipment, which is capable of removing up to 2,000 gallons of water per hour. The extraction of all standing water should usually take no more than one hour.

Next, the team will begin the final drying out of the property. They will probably set up powerful drying equipment in the vicinity of the initial supply line break or pipe break, completely drying hidden wall and floor spaces that were likely to have been soaked with flood water.

They will also deploy huge dehumidifiers, which are capable of extracting thousands of pounds of moisture from the air each hour.

The final step will involve a thorough cleaning of all the property's materials and its contents. This will prevent mold growth and will suppress any dank smells from forming.
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