Water damage problems can come from several sources: plumbing failures, storms, and rising flood waters are common. Water damage restoration is the process of repairing the damage to structures and personal property from water immersion, sediments and foul materials possibly carried with the water. Water damage restoration usually begins with inspecting the structure and determining the extent of any foundation, wood frame or wallboard damage.
Wood and wallboard (sheetrock) are most susceptible to water damage. Although wood may take time to weaken and rot from water exposure, warping and swelling can occur quickly (within hours of exposure. Gypsum sheet rock will also deteriorate quickly as water dissolves the board and paper wrapping resulting in stains, weakness and falling away from fastenings to joists and framing.
Another serious water damage problem is mold and mildew growth. Not only do these smell and look nasty, they can lead to serious health issues. Eliminating all possible water damage problems and dampness is paramount for curbing any mold or mildew growth.
Restoration may involve wholesale replacement of various elements (framing, ceiling, floors, joists, cabinetry, door frames, etc.) or repair localized portions of the structures depending on the extent of the damage. Storm damage may be restricted to just one room whereas flood damage can afflict the entire building.
Another aspect of water damage restoration is the personal property within the building: carpets, furniture, clothes and appliances. Wood furniture immersed or event exposed to dripping water can swell, rot and lead to mildew growth. Depending on the quality of the furniture and the desire to restore the piece, the decision will be whether to have the furnishing restored or replaced. The same decision will also have to be made concerning carpets and rugs. Depending on the extent of the damage and the length of time the flooring fabric is wet, there is a choice between carpet cleaning and replacement. One factor to keep in mind, however, is carpets and rugs thoroughly immersed in water then cleaned and dried can still have serious damage to any cotton or wool fibers. Cleaning may save money but in time the carpet’s condition can quickly deteriorate with foot traffic.
Water damage problems are a serious disaster leaving homeowners or businesses devastated. When dealing with such conditions it is imperative to immediately call professionals to assess the damage. Either through insurance agencies or directly with water restoration companies, don’t hesitate to start the restoration process as quickly as possible.