Flood Damage Restoration
Floods can occur anywhere, at any time, and for any number of reasons. You may have a burst pipe that floods a room or two in your house, or you may have severe weather that causes flooding capable of immobilizing entire communities. Whatever the case, flooding is serious business, capable of inflicting severe damage on homes, businesses, life, and property. It is important to know what steps to take, and in what order, when it comes to carrying out the flood damage and water restoration process.
The power of water has to be seen in order to be fully appreciated. Receding flood waters leave communities looking more like war zones than anything else, and homeowners may be overwhelmed and traumatized by the level of damage left behind. It is almost impossible to look at flood damage on that scale and know where to begin the water cleanup process.
The first step is to make sure that the structure is sound before anybody makes any attempt to enter it. Flood waters can seriously compromise a building’s structural integrity, making it prone to collapse. More than one person has survived the flood only to be injured or killed in a collapse of the walls or ceilings.
The excess water will need to be removed, and this is typically done through the use of heavy duty pumps or wet / dry vacuum units. The equipment used depends of course on the depth and severity of the spill. Once the excess water is out, most surfaces will still be wet to the touch, having retained a significant amount of moisture. These will need to be dried out through proper air circulation, opening windows and doors and covering the area with high velocity fans, blowers, and dehumidifiers. These units should be moved around every few hours to allow for maximum coverage, and a day or two allowed for everything to be completely dried out. Failure to dry everything will result in subsequent problems such as mold.
Loose items such as furniture, appliances, and other valuables should be removed elsewhere to be dried, cleaned, and repaired. In many cases they may have to be discarded, and the process of deciding what to keep and what to get rid of may be an involved one. Either way, it should not hamper on site repair efforts.
Electrical and HVAC systems will need to be inspected and repaired before they are activated again, and in many cases, significant repairs may be required before these systems can be approved for use. Likewise, the structure itself may have been severely damaged and require repair and restoration.
If all this sounds like more than the average homeowner can handle, it is. This is why homeowners are advised to contact their local flood damage restoration professionals. These water damage restoration companies offer a full range of services designed to repair and restore any kind of water damage or flood damage, from water extraction and drying, to carpet cleaning and mold removal, as well as the structural repair and restoration designed to return your home to its pre loss condition.