If your property is flooded with water, it is crucial that you do all things possible to restore it immediately. Still water develops moisture and the right environment for bacteria and molds to manifest, and increased exposure to these type of conditions causes allergies and illnesses. Hence, you ought to consult a water restoration company for assistance as soon as possible.
The first thing that a water restoration company does is to assess to establish the extent of damage caused on your property. As they make their assessments, they identify the class and category of your situation to accurately recommend measures that will solve the problem at hand. There are four classes and three categories of water damage. In class 1 water damage, only a section of a room is usually affected by humidity, while in class 2 the entire room, carpeting and walls are typically affected.
In class 3 water damage, the walls and other areas are usually saturated with moisture, including the ceiling, while in class 4 materials such as hardwood, stone, and concrete are usually victims too. Category 1 of water damage is that whereby the source of water is clean like a toilet tank, broken pipe supplying fresh water, a running tap, and so on.
The second category is that of grey water which could be emanating from a washing machine or dishwasher comprising detergents. It may also include water containing urine from toilet overflows. The third category includes emanating from sewers, flooded rivers, and standing water which has started growing bacteria. This water can cause illnesses or death.
When a water restoration company establishes what they are dealing with, they start draining the water immediately with equipment suitable for each circumstance to avoid the development of mold, bacteria, and further deterioration of property. When all the water is cleared, a dehumidification process begins to remove any moisture left, and this can last for weeks.
Your property is then cleaned and disinfected to curb undesirable mold and bacterial growth. Antimicrobial treatments are applied to carpets, clothing and drapery, and air scrubbers are used to remove particles and moisture from the air. Lastly, restoration begins to improve the parts of your property which are affected.
Other than flooding, water restoration companies also restore properties suffering from unknown water damage such as ceiling leaks which is a significant issue. Most ceiling leak cases are usually characterized by mold growth on a property because the roof or pipes around the ceiling area develop tiny leaks which go long periods without being discovered. During this time, bacteria and mold develop, spreading into larger sections of a property; thus, maximum effort and time are needed to contain and rehabilitate a property.
Always remember, every second counts.