There are two main components of water damage restoration after your home has had a flood of some sort. The first phase involves drying out your house by removing water and moisture so mold growth can be stopped. Once your home is dry and free from mold, the actual restoration of your home can begin so your home is returned to its original condition. Here are a few important steps needed to complete these phases of water damage restoration.
Pull Water And Moisture From Your Home
The contractor may need to use truck-mounted extraction equipment to pull water from carpet, flooring, under cabinets, and behind walls. In addition, they may need to set up dryers and dehumidification equipment to pull moisture from building materials that will be saved and from the air.
Another important step in reducing moisture and humidity is to remove as many water-soaked materials from your home as possible whether you intend to save them or not. Some things may need to be thrown out, while others may be taken to the water damage restoration facility to be dried and restored.
Kill Mold Spores
Drying your home helps eliminate mold spores since mold needs a damp environment to thrive. However, if your home has been damp for very long, mold might be present already, even if you can't see it.
The contractor may need to use mold-killing cleaners on surfaces to kill mold so it won't spread through your house. Moldy materials that are too difficult to restore need to be removed from your home and disposed of properly.
Restore The Damage
A full-service water damage restoration company dries out your home, removes mold, and also replaces ruined building materials. This might involve repairing plumbing pipes, replacing electrical lines, installing new flooring, putting up new walls, and painting so your home looks like it did before it was flooded.
The drying phase of the restoration process should be done as quickly as possible to stop mold growth and further water damage. However, the rebuilding phase may take much longer since you and your contractor have to choose flooring, paint, and other materials, order them, and then begin work on the restoration of your home.
The entire process is often a long one, but that depends on how much water damage your home has and what type of restoration work needs to be done. You might continue to live in your home when the work is going on as long as it's safe to do so, but in some cases, it may be better if you stay away. This is especially true if there is a lot of mold in your home, damaged electricity, or unsafe flooring.
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