Inspect the Situation
The first step is inspection. Assessing the situation reveals the water’s source and the level of danger present. Entering the building or home may not be safe due to structural damage. Exposure to the water might also be unsafe, depending on its source and categorization. Category 3 black water poses a serious health and safety hazard, and extensive protective gear is necessary to clean it.
Remember, water from any source can become category three if left untouched long enough. If you’ve noticed long-standing water in a seldom-visited corner of your dwelling, it could be as dangerous as water from a sewage backup. The longer water sits unnoticed, the more damage it’s likely to cause, as well. The inspection will reveal the water damage’s category and classification.
Once the inspection is complete, the professionals will create a plan to restore your property.
(If Need Be) Remove Standing Water
After the initial inspection, the water removal can begin. First, any standing water has to go. Special equipment, like wet vacs and submersible pumps, will remove the bulk of the water. These pieces of equipment can eliminate thousands of gallons of standing water, which makes them necessary for any major flooding. For minimal water damage, wet vacs and pumps might not be necessary, and drying measures can begin right away.
Prevent Further Damage
Removing water as fast as possible will help prevent any further damage. Standing water can become more destructive as it sits, and the professionals will perform more detailed inspections once the bulk of the water is gone. They’ll determine if they need to remove any elements before the drying process can begin. They’ll also see if any structural elements have sustained serious damage and need replacing.
Begin the Drying Process
After standing water removal, the complete drying process begins. Many building materials are quite porous, including wood and drywall. Absorbed water can lead to warping, swelling, breaking and mold buildup, compromising your building’s structural integrity or causing health hazards. Professional drying is critical for addressing hard-to-see and hard-to-reach moisture. Dehumidification equipment is necessary for the drying stage.
The equipment for the drying process needs to be powerful. Industrial dehumidifying equipment can help restore swelling or warping
building materials. Large-scale air movers work like fans, speeding up the evaporation process on walls, floor pads, carpets and other building materials.
Monitor Water Levels
During the drying process, constant monitoring of water levels is necessary. A few tools make for accurate monitoring, including hygrometers and specialized cameras. Hygrometers indicate humidity or moisture levels. The experts will use hygrometers to detect moisture saturation levels and make sure dehumidifiers are working. Infrared cameras might also be necessary — they can help discover invisible water buildup behind walls or under floorboards. Throughout the drying process, the professionals will continually monitor changing moisture levels.
Complete the Water Removal Process
Following the complete removal of water and moisture, cleaning and sanitization are often necessary. For safety reasons, sanitization is always a good idea after flooding. Water damage can also leave behind unpleasant smells, so deodorization might be necessary. Flood-related odors are often too significant to eliminate with air fresheners — professional air scrubbers might be needed. In the finishing stages of water damage repair, odor control and sanitization help make your property habitable again.
Repair Additional Damage
After water removal, you may have additional repairs to attend to. What your property requires depends on the damage, but fixes may include roof repair, drywall replacement, floor repair, carpet installation and repainting. These repairs will ensure your building’s integrity and usability, and professionals may recommend certain steps to take after the restoration process.