Professional Repair of Damage Caused by Water and Flooding by Your Local Experts in Phoenix, AZ
Water damage can happen in the least expected moments. As soon as it occurs, you need to minimize the extent of it with a fast response. Within minutes of the incident, you need to contact our specialists who are trained to deal with such situations. As professional restoration specialists we have the right equipment and experience needed to efficiently deal with the situation you have on hand.
Understanding the Damage Water Can Cause
Damage can occur incredibly slowly, such as water spots, or instantaneously at catastrophic proportions, such as flooding. Regardless of the speed, both are dangerous and can cause immense destruction. No matter how fast the incident occurs, you need to make sure that it is dealt with immediately.
When any property becomes damaged by water, you will need experts that can perform safe and effective water damage repair services. Our professionals will help you to restore your property back to its pre-loss condition.
Currently there are no government regulations that dictate this restoration work within the United States. However, the IICRC and the RIA are both well-known and reputable certifying bodies that have stands of care that are recommended to all water restoration services.
Keep in mind that all situations are different. Depending on the nature and the extent of the damage, our specialists may deviate slightly from the recommended procedures.
Here are the steps that a repair project typically follows.
- Emergency Contact
As stated before, you need to make sure that you contact professional cleanup and restoration services as soon as you realize any damage has occurred. Immediate action is extremely crucial when it comes to effective repairs. Even a few hours delay can greatly increase the severity of the incident.
When you call in, an expert representative will help guide you through the process. You can expect to be asked a few questions so that professionals can understand how to best deal with your situation. You may be asked to provide your name, contact information, insurance information, address of damaged property, time of the incident, the source or cause, and whether or not there is electricity on-site.
- Loss Assessment and Evaluation
To begin with, a professional team will come on site. These people will start to evaluate the situation in order to determine the best course of action.
Finding the Source. If the source of the water that is damaging your property is obvious, their first course of action will be to stop the source of water. If the source is not so easily found, the team will investigate further. Using water sensing equipment including probes and other infrared tools, your specialists attempt to determine the source of the damage and the affected area. Then, they will move to stop the water from continuing.
Identifying the Water Type. As they evaluate your water, they will also try to determine the type of water you are dealing with. There are three categories of water dependent upon the level of contamination within the water itself depending on industry specifications. Without safe procedures, contaminated and unsanitary water can cause severe sicknesses and even be life-threatening. The team of professionals will need to work hard to see what they can do to minimize the threats in the area. The type of water contamination present will greatly affect the next few steps that the team will have to take.
Surveying the Damage. After the most pressing issues have been dealt with, the team will move to survey the damage. This will include a full and complete safety inspection as well as damage survey. They may begin by carefully documenting everything that has been affected by the water. The proper value of all of the damaged materials as well as their service will be included in the information. The team will also search for possible safety concerns and carefully explain them to you. If you are already aware of safety issues, such as the presence of asbestos or lead, share your information as soon as possible.
Moving Furniture. If possible, the team will help to move your furniture and materials. Items will also be blocked. This will help to prevent rust and stains.
- Water Removal and Extraction
This step will help to remove most of the water from your property. With a thorough water extraction, drying time can be greatly reduced. Your property will also be saved from future mold issues as well as possible secondary issues. Usually, powerful pumps and vacuum units on trucks will be used to remove the hundreds to thousands of gallons of water within your property. Water removal will start almost immediately. Depending on how much water there is, stronger equipment may be used.
Moving and Packing. If the damage occurred within your home, the professionals can help you by helping you move out until restoration services are complete. They will help you gather the belongings you need as well as help you by preventing further damage.
Carpet and Pad Inspection. After water has been removed, any carpet and pad will be examined and inspected. The professionals will be able to tell you if the carpet or pad need to be removed to protect the floor beneath.
- Drying and Dehumidification
Even if water removal and extraction takes care of most of the water preset, your property will still remain very wet. Building materials are able to hold significant amounts of water for a long time. If not treated, this water will cause the materials to change shape and break apart. Mold will quickly begin to form as well.
Drying and Dehumidification. Professionals will help with the drying process by manipulating the temperature as well as humidity in order to remove the rest of the moisture present. Other specialized equipment such as industrial air movers and dehumidifiers will be used to remove inaccessible moisture. They will continue to monitor the situation with moisture meters and inform you when everything is dry enough.
- Cleaning and Sanitizing
After everything is finally dry, you will need to have your property cleaned. This means that everything that has been affected by the water needs to be cleaned. Often times, this will include odor removal and deodorizing services, especially because soaked materials often have a terrible odor afterwards. Professionals will have the equipment for dry cleaning, wet cleaning, spray and wipe, foam cleaning, abrasive cleaning, and immersion cleaning. Similarly, they will be able to remove odors better than standard air fresheners and other similar treatments.
If any contaminated water was involved, sanitizing treatments are essential to prevent hazardous dangers. In addition, if you have any damaged materials that cannot be recovered, there are also disposal services to look into.
The final step involves restoring your home back to how it was before problems occurred. This will involve minor repairs in needed, replacements, new installations, or even reconstruction if necessary.
Again, it is extremely crucial that you inform specialists about these incidents as soon as possible. Even though repair and restoration specialists are certainly experts, a fast response will only help them do their jobs even better. If you take too long before you respond, the effects will be devastating, especially if you are unable to stop the source of the water. In addition, the more time that is wasted before an incident is reported will mean just that much more to deal with in terms of mold. If you take too long before reported an incident, many of your valuable belongings can become unsalvageable. You will also have to deal with an abundance of reparation and restoration issues in the future.
What About Insurance?
If damage ever occurs, you will want to be covered for it. Avoid uninsured losses by taking the proper precautions.
If your property is insured, the damage to your property from the water will be covered. However, you will still need to pay for the repairs to the malfunctioning item, such as a broken pipe or appliance. That will still be your responsibility.
For homeowners, you can usually count on sudden and accident damage from internal water sources to be covered. However, if water comes into your house from the outside, you might not be covered at all. Many times, whether or not your loss will be covered will be entirely dependent on the origin of the damage. Find out more specifically about your insurance by consulting experts at your insurance company.
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