Water damage restoration is an industry term used to describe the process of cleaning up water damage. Water damage restoration can also be known as (1) water remediation, (2) water removal, (3) water extraction, (4) water mitigation, and (5) flood cleanup.
If your property has been exposed to water damage you may have to do water damage mitigation. Water damage mitigation should happen immediately after flooding or water buildup. Take action immediately because letting your property sit in water causes further damage and expense.
Normally, it will consist of the following:
- Step 1: Inspection – A professional can best assess the extent of water damage in your property. Each inspection determines a class and category of water damage. Defining the class and category of water damage helps outline the best means to restore your property.
- Step 2: Water Removal – Pumps and vacuums are used to remove water from your property. The type of equipment needed depends on the extent of the water damage. Water removal begins as soon as possible to prevent mold and bacteria growth.
- Step 3: Drying – After all standing water and absorbent surfaces are vacuumed, drying and dehumidification begin. This step is important to clear up any remaining moisture after water removal. The drying out process can take several days to fully complete.
- Step 4: Cleaning – All personal belongings need to be cleaned and sanitized to prevent unwanted mold and bacterial growth. Carpeting, clothing, and drapery are given antimicrobial treatments. Air scrubbers may also be used to remove particles and moisture from the air.
- Step 5: Restoration – The biggest step in the process is restoration. Restoration involves replacing materials like drywall and insulation. Sometimes this process is as simple as installing a few panels of drywall, while serious cases could require replacing entire walls. Exposure to toxic substances like lead and asbestos is possible during restoration. Older homes are likely to contain these substances.
The water damage mitigation process will depend on how long your property has been exposed to water. Air humidifiers and drying equipment must be turned on round the clock in areas with severe water damage. Mold spores are especially dangerous to health and thorough cleaning and disinfecting should be done as part of the water damage mitigation. It is advisable to get the temperature, humidity, and moisture of your property tested to see if it has been restored to normal standards.