The Drying Process For Water Damage
Water damage is the leading cause of mold growth. Mold, like other bacteria, animal or plant life, needs water to grow. Remove the moisture and water, and then you have stopped the mold from growing (not stopping the mold, just the continual growth).
It takes 3 main ways for mold to develop:
- Food source ( drywall , carpet, organic dust )
- Warm temperatures
Some of the reasons why homes, dwellings, and businesses experience water damage include (but are not limited to):
- Toilet overflows
- Water heater leaking or breaking
- Pipe bursts
- Floods, heavy rains, and storm damage
- Sprinkler breaks/busts
1. Source of water loss controlled
If you have not already contacted a plumber, one will be assigned to stop the source of the water intrusion.
2. Water Removal
How does the water removal process work?
- Extract as much water as possible.
- Remove furniture from the affected area or put furniture on blocks.
- Correctly take carpet from floors. If done incorrectly (not using professional techniques), the carpet will rip as well as ruin carpet seams.
- Remove wet padding and dispose.
- Extract as much water from the sub floor as possible.
3. Moisture Detection and Mapping
How can we safely inspect your house or business for water damage?
High tech moisture detection meters and the training to look for hidden moisture is key to be certain that all contaminated areas are treated during the drying process. If you should decide to put in a claim to your homeowners insurance. Lots of pictures will be taken to assist your insurance with proper inventory and proof of damage. In order to dry your home properly strict records are kept of temperature and humidity. This is known as “moisture mapping” and most insurance companies will require these records to be kept.
4. Affected Material Removed
Anything that has made contact with category three water must be removed or replaced. The drywall should be cut out all around the contaminated areas. The carpet and padding are removed and contents are taken off-site to be inventoried by the owner and insurance adjuster.
5. Equipment and Containment
What is air drying?
One of the many tools available to 24/7 Restoration is the use of air drying. Using speed dryers, air mover, etc. pushes or moves the moisture off the water damaged affected material (carpet, furniture, walls, etc.) and is dispossessed into the air where the commercial dehumidifier catches it and removes it from the room. In some cases an air filtration device and/or plastic containment will be needed depending on the severity of the loss and if there are any tenants with respiratory sensitivities such as asthma, allergies, auto immune disorders, etc..
What is dehumidification?
Dehumidification is the process of removing moisture from the air and away from the affected areas.
A home that has experienced water damage will normally take 2 to 3 days for the drying process. In extreme situations this could of course take a bit longer. The proper amount of air movers and dehumidifiers, along with heat, will dry your home quickly enough to prevent further damage, like mold growth.
6. Homeowners Insurance
Which insurance companies pay for your water damage extraction and drying services?
All insurance companies pay for our services. As a home owner or business owner you have the right to use who ever you want to mitigate (extract water, lift carpet, remove padding, remove wall base, place air movers and dehumidifiers, etc.) the water damage.
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