February 7

How the Water Restoration Process Works

By Kevin Finn

February 7, 2018

Water Damage - Water Restoration

Water damage can result from several causes. Broken pipes, flooding, excess water from extinguishing a fire—these and other events can cause devastating water damage to your property. If not addressed immediately, the water can cause mold and other unhealthy and more permanent effects.

If you have experienced water damage to your home or business, you need to call a professional immediately to begin cleanup. Call them first, even before you call your insurance company! The sooner you get the process started, the less permanent damage you will have.

You may wonder what’s involved in the water restoration process, so we will try to summarize it here for you.

1.    Inspection

The professional water restoration company will respond immediately to your property to assess the situation. They will inspect the property in order to properly evaluate the damage, using special tools and equipment. They can measure the extent of moisture by using the equipment on surfaces like floors, baseboards and ceilings. This will allow the contractor to determine if drying equipment is needed.

2.    Removal of Standing Water

If there is standing water in the building, it’s critical to remove it quickly to prevent further damage. Using commercial-grade vacuums, the contractor will clean up all water that is present throughout the building.

3.    Drying and Containment

After removing all standing water, the area must be thoroughly dried. The water restoration company will use large commercial fans to move the air throughout the rooms to accelerate the drying process. This may require removing baseboards, sections of carpeting and drilling holes into drywall, depending on the extent of water that has permeated the structure. Dehumidifiers can also help suck up excess moisture in the area. Special mats for hardwood floors can be used to help draw the water to the surface for drying.

During the drying process, the water restoration professionals will tape off the wet areas to help direct the drying process efforts to the areas affected most.

4.    Cleaning and Sanitizing

Furniture, clothing and other items can also be damaged by water. These can be cleaned through specialized cleaning techniques and industrial equipment that thoroughly sanitize and deodorize. Any area rugs affected can be removed and taken offsite for the cleaning process.

5.    Restoration

Once all water is removed and contained, and the area is dried completely, there may be remaining damage that needs repair or replacement. This can be as minor as replacing a few drywall panels or more involved, like demolition and rebuilding entire rooms.

Don’t Wait! Call St. Louis Cleaning and Restoration Immediately

It can’t be stressed enough! The sooner you get the water restoration process started, the better your chances are to prevent further damage.

Call the professionals at St. Louis Cleaning and Restoration as soon as possible after you experience water damage to your home or business. We are available 24/7 for emergency situations to help prevent further devastation.

St. Louis Cleaning and Restoration is a preferred vendor for many of the major Insurance Companies and we work within the boundaries of insurance-covered claims.

St. Louis Cleaning and Restoration is certified under the IICRC for Odor Control, Fire and Smoke Restoration, Journeyman Textile Cleaning, Carpet Cleaning, Upholstery and Fabric Cleaning, Commercial Carpet Maintenance, Water Damage Restoration, Mold Remediation, Leather Cleaning, Odor Control, Carpet Repair and Re-installation, and Applied Structural Drying.

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