Preparing for Potential Flooding
Preparing for Potential Flooding
Flood damage is one of the most serious problems that homeowners rarely consider. Even an apparently small amount of water damage from a pipe break or supply line break can render a home or business uninhabitable, potentially wiping out the entire value of the property. This is the nightmare scenario that comes true all too often in the United States.
Luckily, almost all flood damage is completely reversible. But it requires that the property owner act quickly and decisively. A water damage event is not the time to see if you can pick up the skills necessary to restore a flooded home or business. When flood damage occurs, it is a race against the clock to dry out the premises before serious damage has a chance to start setting in. The only move is to call in a professional water damage restoration company with the tools, training and experience to handle difficult flooding events.
The water damage restoration process
Your local flood damage restoration company will have tens of thousands of hours experience in handling the most challenging cases of flooded homes and businesses. They will also have powerful and sophisticated equipment, which enables them to effectively carry out restorations and mitigations of flooded homes and businesses.
However, the most important thing that a home or business owner can do, after they have realized that there are potentially dangerous levels of water in their business or water in their home, is to call in their local restoration company to begin working on the problem immediately.
The call is made and the restoration and mitigation team arrives
Upon receiving the call from the property owner, the restoration company will send a water cleanup team to begin the restoration and mitigation process immediately. The water cleanup team should arrive within less than a half hour.
Once arriving on scene, the water cleanup team will immediately begin mitigation efforts. They will enter the property, assessing the extent of the water in the business or water in the home. They will also be able to tell whether the area around the original supply line break or pipe break has suffered from any water seeping into structural areas or areas that are otherwise out of sight.
Once the scene has been assessed, the water cleanup team will begin the process of removing the standing water in the home or water in the business.
The water removal process begins
The team will begin removing all standing water in the business or water in the home through the use of powerful vacuum equipment especially designed to remove large quantities of water from flooded homes. This process usually only lasts a few minutes to a half hour, as the special equipment is able to remove up to 2,000 gallons of water per hour. The team will also double check to make sure that any source of leaking around the original supply line break or pipe break has been fixed.
The team begins drying out the property
Next, the team will begin the drying process. Special care will be taken to ensure that all water in the area of the original supply line break or pipe break is completely dried out. Using special industrial drying equipment, similar to that seen in car washes, the team will be able to complete the drying of the entire premises within 24 hours, but sometimes much quicker.
Upon completion of the drying process, the property will appear as restored to the untrained eye. At this point, the structure will no longer be at any risk of sustaining more damage from the flood or its aftermath.
The final cleansing and restoration
The last step in the cleanup process is the scrubbing and cleansing of all furniture, fixtures and surfaces that came into contact with the flood water. Upon completion of this step, the property will be restored to its original state.
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