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Dealing With a Flooded Home or Business the Right Way

9/27/2017 (Permalink)


Dealing With a Flooded Home or Business the Right Way

Water damage is among the most serious perils that any property owner will ever face. Unlike fire and wind damage, water damage can appear to be far less severe than it actually is. All too often, this leads property owners to believe that there is no problem or that they can handle the issue themselves. The truth is that even a small pipe break or supply line break can quickly flood a property, leading to water seeping into structural components and drywall. Flooded homes and businesses that have experienced water damage where the owner did not act in time make up the largest portion of the billions of dollars in flood damage that occur every year in the United States.

Fortunately, with the help of a professional restoration company, it is possible to almost completely avoid the worst consequences of water damage. A property that experiences a supply line break or pipe break will almost always be subject to complete remediation and mitigation of flood damage, restoring the property to its pre-flood condition. However, even waiting 24 hours to begin the remediation and mitigation process will begin to dramatically increase the chance that lasting damage will befall the flooded home or business. Any flooded home or business that is allowed to sit with water damage for more than about one week will almost always incur serious, lasting damage. In severe cases, this could lead to the total loss of the property's value.

The flood restoration and mitigation process


It is extremely important for property owners to realize that once they have detected water in a home or water in a business, the most crucial thing for them to do is call in a professional restoration company. Restoration companies have heavy-duty, specialized equipment that is capable of the large scale water removal and drying necessary to remediate flooded homes or businesses. They also have professional water cleanup staff with the training and experience necessary to tackle even the largest flooding events.

We'll take a quick look at how the water cleanup process typically plays out under most circumstances.

The call is placed and the team arrives


The first step in the restoration process is for the property owner to call in the restoration company's water cleanup team upon the first signs of flood water in the business or water in the home. The restoration team will typically arrive within 30 minutes of the call being placed. Once on scene, they will enter the property, assessing the severity of the flood water in the business or water in the home and going to the source of the original pipe break or supply line break, stanching the flow of any active leaks. This will prevent further flood damage from occurring and will give the water cleanup team an idea of the extent of the damage.

The team will begin removing all water


The next step will involve the removal of all water in the home or water in the business. This will be carried out through the use of powerful vacuum equipment, capable of sucking thousands of gallons per hour from the premises. Once all standing water has been removed, the drying process will start.

Drying out the home and preventing further flood damage


Once the damage mitigation team has removed all water, they will begin drying the home or business. This is carried out through the use of industrial-strength drying equipment and dehumidifiers. The team will take special care to thoroughly dry the area around the original supply line break or pipe break, ensuring that no structural damage to the property is allowed to set in.

The home or business will be cleansed


Using chemicals similar to those seen in dry cleaning, the restoration company team will then begin to deeply cleanse all furniture, fixtures and surfaces that were exposed to flood water.
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