Water Damage Repair Requires More Than Knee Jerk Reaction

  • Written by Craig Hawkins, EnviroShield

Let’s face it.  Water damage in our homes is a traumatic event that forces a lot of us to not think clearly regarding next steps.  The scenario usually starts with a leak from a toilet, dishwasher, water-line to a refrigerator, roof leak and/or broken pipe in a wall.  Even if we’re lucky enough to quickly discover trouble, lots of damage can occur in a very short period of time. Not to mention the psychological pain of water everywhere.

If you experience water damage, it’s important NOT to take a knee jerk reaction.  It’s best to call your insurance company immediately. Choosing the restoration company is completely decided by the home owner.

I would use this checklist:

1. Guarantee — Look for a company that provides a guarantee for mold remediation after the water dry-out is complete.

2. Experience — Make sure that the water damage/mold remediation company that you choose has the training and the certifications that are necessary for the type of job they are doing for you.

3. Containment — A 1-inch by 1-inch area of mold creates millions of spores that are released into the air during the cleaning process, which can be very dangerous to the health of everyone in the home. Only water damage companies that utilize what’s called a HEPA Negative Air System to direct the contaminated air should be the ones you use.

4 Steps to Repair: EnviroShield

1)    On-Site Meeting – You will meet the supervisor who will be in charge of your job, and he will go over the water damaged areas. The initial investigation will determine the classification of water contamination. This establishes how much dehumidification will be needed to dry out your home.

2)    Protect Non-Damaged Areas – Once containment barriers are set up we will start removing the wet drywall and begin to dry inside the walls.  If there is damaged carpet, we will pull the pad that is under the carpet, which allows the carpet to dry.  We will also move furniture out of the wet areas to ensure that all excess moisture inside a wall or under a floor is dried, so no mold problems arise later.

3)    Dry-Out – After all demolition is complete we will check moisture readings again and set up drying equipment. The drying equipment will consist of dehumidification which will pull moisture out of the air, and start drying your home. Once the drying equipment is in place it will be necessary to keep the equipment on 24 hours a day until the drying process is finished.

4)    Clean-up – The final step is to restore your home back to its pre-loss condition.

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