Understanding The Process Of Professional Water Damage Mitigation

January 9, 2013

The more common term that is used is water damage restoration, although both terms are frequently used. It basically means that a house that was flooded is not necessarily lost. It can be repaired, although often at a fair cost.

Most electronics and furniture that was submerged will likely be ruined beyond repair, particularly if electricity was running to the main board. As for the house itself, drywall might be ruined, but the hardwood foundation should survive with prompt service. It is largely about getting it dry as fast as possible.

Wood will survive being saturated with water. What will destroy the foundation of your house is a fungus that knows how to break down the fibers that make wood hard and durable. Fungus of any variety spreads quickly, and warm weather can only exacerbate the problem.

Other forms of restoration include cleaning and draining water in a basement. Houses have basements as a storage area and as a safeguard against flooding. If a home is lucky, most of the flood water will flow into the basement and be pumped out through a drain. For a less lucky home owner, they will return to a flooded basement.

The type of damage will depend on a source. Pipe water will usually be clean and not inundate the house. The floorboard will be affected and water will flow to low places. Genuine flood water will contain clay and bacteria and will deposit these into your house. Since electricity and air condition will probably fail, the forces of decay will already be at work.

There are actually professionals who specializing in mitigating damage, hence the alternative name for water damage restoration. The secret is get the water out and dry everything as quickly as possible. This usually means stripping away the carpet and then prying up the floor and breaking through the drywall to expose the wooden skeleton.

The skin of a house is replaceable while the foundation is not. Exposing everything to fresh air will slow down bacteria and fungus. The next step might be chemical treatment and forced hot air. Wood will be sprayed with a fungicide and anything that helps to draw out moisture. Hot air is generated by a portable gas burner and then funneled with a fan.

It might be odd and even foreboding to see your house wrapped in plastic like a corpse at the morgue. The good news is that forced air is about rejuvenating your home and granting it second life. These techniques are applied by a trained professional who has helped man homeowners out of their wreckage


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