What Happens During Water Restoration Work?
May 22nd, 2020
Now, more than ever, the structural safety of our homes and businesses is vital to safety during this COVID-19 crisis. As this global pandemic rages, both residential and commercial properties need to be in good working order to provide adequate shelter in place protection for people in the building.
Water damage to a building is not often thought of as a severe problem, because it doesn’t have the drama of a fire. In many ways, however, water damage can be just as devastating as fire damage, but in different ways. So what happens if you need water damage restoration done for your residential or commercial property?
Mitigation Before All Else
The first step before water restoration repair even begins is mitigation. You may have a home damaged by flooding, or it may be because of a burst water pipe. The immediate steps are determining whether the water flow itself can be stemmed, and, if that is impossible, making an assessment of what can be saved, and then taking steps to preserve those tagged items.
To some degree, you may have been doing this yourself already, moving valuables, if any, out of a basement. Water restoration experts will look at other items, such as laundry machines, for example, and see if they can be salvaged, and take an accounting of that which can be saved and that which is a lost cause.
Once water damage mitigation has been completed, the next phase is determining the full extent of the damage. An essential aspect of this is noting what needs repairing and what needs replacement. In some cases, drywall, for example, may be salvageable with just a new coat of paint if water penetration hasn’t occurred.
On the other, if a portion of drywall has been deeply soaked by water, this beyond salvage, and that section of the wall must be torn down and rebuilt. Every building will have to take this assessment on a case-by-case basis to find out what can be repaired and what must be replaced.
Liquid & Moisture Removal
The actual removal of the water will be accompanied by an even more critical technique, moisture monitoring, and removal. One of the biggest threats that can come to a home often comes after the water damage has occurred, and that is mold.
Mold can be toxic, and, if inhaled, some varieties, such as black mold, can cause serious issues. Respiratory conditions, nerve impairment, such as lack of fine motor control, and even brain damage, with an inability to focus or remember things are possible symptoms, possibly also leading to death.
Mold can grow in moist, dark environments, which can be drywall, insulation, wood, or other out of the way portions of a home or commercial building. If a mold infestation occurs after water damage, this is a severe biohazard to everyone in that structure, which is why moisture removal is critical.
If you’ve experienced water damage in your building, this is an emergency, and we can help. Contact Bio Star Services, and we can assess the extent of the damage, and come up with an action plan to remove the water, save what’s salvageable, and restore everything else to safe, dry, living and working conditions.