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Tips for Planning Water Damage Restoration

6/21/2017 (Permalink)


Tips for Planning Water Damage Restoration

Any home or business can experience water damage. Potential causes include broken plumbing, severe rain or snow, or structural issues. When water damage is found, it is important to address it promptly to avoid more extensive and costly repairs. When preparing to tackle water damage restoration, the following suggestions may help.

Flood damage.

If flooding occurs due to reasons such as a broken sump pump or a nearby river overflow, make sure everyone is safe before assessing basement damage. If water covers the basement floor, call flood damage experts for an evaluation and possible cleanup help. If flooding is due to an ongoing problem, such as a rise in creek or stream water on the property, mitigation for the future may need to be considered. Plan on providing plenty of drying time in wet areas by opening windows or using fans, based on the experts' recommendations. Water in home basements should be dealt with promptly to avoid mildew and mold problems, and to expedite restoration of the home at normal, pre-flood levels.

Water cleanup.

A few puddles or minor dripping can sometimes be addressed by knowledgeable and cautious homeowners with handyman experience. Be careful using electric appliances near the flood damage area. Drying the damp areas may be done relatively quickly unless the damage is widespread throughout the basement or home. However, water in business facilities may require longer cleanup time and even reduced production if the water cleanup requires more than a day or two. Mitigation may likewise be recommended to protect the building from future flood damage. The area must be dried thoroughly before cleanup and restoration can commence.

Restoration.

With the conclusion of water cleanup that ensures thorough drying, a well-organized restoration process can be implemented. Water in home areas may affect living conditions that could extend beyond the immediate water damage areas. Wallboard may need to be inspected or replaced. Floor tiles might be removed to check for subfloor damage. Electrical wiring should be evaluated to ensure it is intact or that drying has cleared the moisture. Water-damaged structural or building materials will have to be replaced. Similarly, water in business offices can create major problems involving plumbing, heating, and wiring. A comprehensive inspection should be conducted by flood damage professionals to evaluate the scope of the problem and effectiveness of water cleanup procedures. Any water in business offices, similar to water in home areas, will be removed, followed by treatment of remaining structures impacted by water with a mold-resistant substance. Restoration and renovation will then proceed according to plan so that business activities can resume within the facility as soon as possible.

Mitigation.

If the water in home damage is rare or a one-time occurrence, mitigation may not be needed. Because water in business facilities is especially costly and inconvenient, mitigation may be required to ensure the problem does not recur in the future. For example, water valves may need to be tightened or replaced. Inspections may be needed more frequently. Mitigation options should be carefully considered, with costs balanced against the risk of future flood damage.

A flooded home or office is unsafe and unhealthy. Prompt drying, cleaning, and restoring are required to make the area usable as quickly as possible. Large-scale flooding issues may require the services of a professional restoring service instead of a DIY approach. Homeowners or business owners that opt to do the work themselves should consider consulting damage experts for advice in planning, implementing, or inspecting the repairs. No one likes to deal with a wet basement or other flooded living or work areas. Taking prompt action can help to minimize damage and restore the premises to usable condition while keeping costs as low as possible.
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