Water Damage Restoration Basic Step by Step
Water damage restoration is a multi-step process that should be handled by an experienced, certified, licensed water restoration contractor.
1. Initial Visual Inspection: A certified water damage technician will do an initial assessment to determine the appropriate action needed to reverse the negative effects of the water damage. Once completed, if there are no safety hazards, contents are secured if needed and restoration begins.
2. Water Extraction: Containing the damage and extracting all standing water ASAP is the first priority. All wet materials on the floor i.e. throw rugs, pillows, clothing, toys, are removed from the affected area. Once water is extracted, if needed, technicians will begin to remove any wet surfaces on walls, ceilings, or floors to help expedite the drying. Baseboards are sometimes removed and any non salvageable drywall and non salvageable wet insulation is removed. Cabinet drawers and doors are opened and toe kicks (bottom front piece of your cabinet that will allow expose under your cabinet) may be removed to accelerate drying. (Depending on the extent of the damage, cabinets may need to be replaced). EVERY wet surface will need to be treated.
3. Stabilizing and Drying: After extraction and the removal of all wet materials, the drying process begins. Commercial grade equipment is used in this process which can include air movers, dehumidifiers, wood floor drying systems, and heaters to generate dry air and increase air circulation and evaporation. During the drying, the environment is carefully monitored each day and the progress results are documented. Moisture control is absolutely crucial in preventing mold growth. Normal drying time is usually 2 to 4 days depending on the scenario and materials impacted.
4. Re-assessment of the Damage: After structural drying is completed, certified technicians will conduct another inspection to assure there are no hidden pockets of moisture, that could result in further water related damage or mold growth.
5. Reconstruction: Once the water damage has been mitigated, and the structure has been returned to a dry standard, if structural damage and other building materials need replacement reconstruction is the final step in the restoration process. By the end of reconstruction, your dwelling should be safe, healthy and returned to its pre-damaged state.