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Mitigation & Water Restoration

When dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. Every water damage event is a little different and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. Here is a quick overview of each process.

Excess Water Removal

Excess water removal is the most important step at the beginning of restoration procedures. Removal of excess water maybe achieved by physical means such as mopping or soaking up excess moisture from hard surfaces or furnishings with the use of more sophisticated techniques and equipment such as pumps, or specially designed commercial wet vacuuming equipment.

Evaporation & Dehumidification

Once excess water is removed, remaining water must be changed from a liquid to a vapor by promoting evaporation. Normally, this is accomplished efficiently with specialized air-moving equipment. Once moisture is evaporated from structural materials and contents into the air, the moisture must be removed from the air through dehumidification.

Temperature Control & Monitoring

Both evaporation and dehumidification are greatly enhanced by controlling the temperature in a confined environment. Additionally, microorganisms’ growth is temperature related. Thus, scheduled monitoring of environmental conditions is an important basic principle for safe, effective drying.

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Q: What effects will water damage and saturation have on my home if left untreated?
Excess moisture over time can cause drywall to sag and disintegrate. Wood will begin to swell, buckle, warp and rot. Paint begins to bubble or peel. Carpets become saturated causing delamination and may need to be removed. Electrical items and outlets can begin to short out or malfunction becoming a possible fire or shock hazard. If water is from a contaminated source, it may present a serious health threat. AVOID ANY CONTACT and call a professional immediately. Any excess water or moisture may promote mold growth, mildew and other contaminants which can compromise the structural integrity of the materials and the health of your home.

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Q: Is my house safe after the standing (visual) water is gone?
Water damage is not just about removing the water. Even if the water seems to have disappeared or has been extracted, there is still the potential for issues until the structure and affected materials have been completely and thoroughly dried. Mold becomes a problem in as little as 48 to 72 hours if structural drying is not in process.

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Q: Why does the restoration company need to have access to my house?
Once the water is extracted and the drying has begun, the restoration contractor will need to monitor and control the moisture and humidity levels in the home. Until the environment is returned to normal, mold remains a threat.

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Q: Can I cleanup and dry out the damage myself?
Quickly mopping up a small spill in the middle of the floor should be fine. If water has saturated the flooring, baseboards, or drywall it could appear to be dry and damage free. Common shop and household fans are not equipped to remove enough moisture or deliver enough air movement to help prevent further damage.