Natural disasters such as hurricanes cause a lot of water damage to people’s homes. Surprisingly, however, it’s the small things like leaking hoses and broken pipes that have been rendered many homeless due to unexpected flooding. The loss of property can be overwhelming; however, there is hope. Professional water damage cleanup service providers are experts and transforming a flood-damaged home back to original condition (if not better).
During such disasters, water can get into all parts of your home; from the ceiling to the basement. If you have a hardwood floor, it will absorb water, and the wood will begin to warp and bend. You need a professional service that is equipped with the technology to dry the water from the floor and save you a small fortune. The walls of your home will also absorb water, and this may cause structural weakness, posing a danger to you and your family. The attic or ceiling of your home can also store moisture which may cause it to collapse. Given these dangers, only experts can help you remedy the situation effectively. Most water damage cleanup services are available to you 24/7, so you can call whenever you require them, and they will send their team to your rescue.
Apart from the water seepage in the floor and walls, your furniture, and other items will suffer damage after a storm. Not everything may be salvageable, but there are steps that can be taken to restore furniture and other precious items. Water can be removed from carpets and upholstery, as well as dry wooden cabinets, and other household goods. Even if the water damage seems extensive, you could be pleasantly surprised to find your home retaining much of the semblance that it had before the flooding. If any of the items are completely damaged, the cleanup service will remove the debris and ensure that your home is completely clean. They will then sanitize the home, and ensure that there is no danger of mold growing. Mold can pose a serious risk to your family, and they ensure that the home is completely dehumidified, and sanitized.
Electrical systems are bound to suffer damage during such a storm. The professional clean up service will ensure that the wiring is safe to use before they restore electricity in your home. They will inspect the outlets, and much of the wiring, especially in an area where there was a lot of water absorption. Before they let you back into the house, they will ensure that everything is in its proper place, and your home is safe for habitation, once again.
Whether the water damage you suffer is clean water from broken water lines, rainwater or storm damage, or sewage damage, the best thing you can do for yourself as a homeowner hires a professional water damage repair and restoration service to handle it for you.
Most damage is divided into three main categories:
Category 1 is clean water damage
Category 2 is water from a source that is possibly contaminated
Category 3 is what’s known as “black water”, the result of problems like sewage backup.
Whatever the cause and type of water damage, nowhere does the term “the right tool for the job” as much, meaning that a thorough and complete job requires the right equipment. Renting this equipment yourself could be prohibitively expensive, not to mention the steep learning curve in using it. Water damage restoration experts, by contrast, have all the right equipment for the job, and they know how to use it.
When it comes to selecting the right professional water restoration repair service for your needs, it’s important to look at exactly what services each company offers. Some companies will only offer water removal, for example, while others may offer any number of other services, like structural drying, sewage cleanup, and backup, digital metering, thermal imaging and more. Some water damage restoration professionals will even offer assistance with insurance claim filing. And without an insurance claim to file, the cost of restoration can be much higher.
An incomplete job not thoroughly performed can leave lingering moisture behind in walls, insulation, and elsewhere. This creates a breeding ground for molds which, in addition to damaging one of your most valuable assets, your home, could also harm one of your other most valuable assets, your health. Drying the space by opening windows and doors, and blowing the air conditioner is simply insufficient. Never the less, a prepared homeowner should keep a stock of rubber gloves, boots, and a good wet/dry vac around for just such an incident.