When a flood strikes, whether it’s caused by intense storms or by a pipe bursting inside a residence, the results can be devastating. Water can cause severe damage, and the longer the water is left before being cleared, the more extensive the damage can be. That’s why it’s important to have a company like LaPointe Construction Board-Up Service come and perform water damage restoration as fast as possible.
Although every reconstruction situation is different and has many individual factors to consider, this post aims to give you an idea of what to expect during the process, just like we did with our prior post on fire damage restoration. Read on to get a sense of the restoration process when fixing water damage.
- Step 1: Assessment: The first step in the process is critical and that is a thorough inspection of the premises and the extent of the water damage. Before they begin the restoration, the company must identify the elements of your specific situation. Treatment of the problem will depend on the type of water that has flooded the location (clean vs. gray or black water), the location itself (ground level, basement, etc.), what is stored there, and how much water has come in. By assessing these properties, a plan for taking care of the problem effectively is formed.
- Step 2: Water Removal: Standing water is removed utilizing water pumps and extractors. It’s important for as much water as possible to be removed before the process can continue. This step will usually be done quickly, as the longer the water stands around, the more damage it is causing. Gallons of water are swiftly extracted from the space to move on to the next step in the restoration process.
- Step 3: Drying and Dehumidifying: Removing the standing, obvious water is only part of the drying process. The next step will remove the rest of the dampness and humidity that remain in the space. This is important because humidity can encourage rot, mold growth, and offensive odors. The goal is to dry everything as much as possible. To accomplish this, saturated carpets are removed and disposed of and the floor is dried entirely.
- Step 4: Deep Cleaning: The particulars of this process will depend on what objects you have in the space. Items will be cleaned depending on what they are made of. Every attempt will be made to salvage as many of your belongings as possible and restore them. Odor removal is a very important part of this process as well, as unpleasant odors can linger persistently if the source is not promptly and thoroughly treated. Items and the area will be treated and deodorized to remove the source of the odors, which leads into the next step.
- Step 5: Sanitizing and Antibacterial Treatments: An important part in the process, proper sanitation of the area and your belongings will kill bacteria and germs that could make you sick or cause mold, mildew, or further property damage.
- Step 6: Cleanup and Disposal: During this final step, anything that cannot be salvaged from the restoration process will need to be disposed of. A professional company will know the proper procedures for disposing of the waste. La Pointe Construction Board-Up Service can work with you and your insurance company to assess the cost of replacement for the items that were lost or structural repairs that will need to be done as well.
At LaPointe Construction Board-Up Service, we have over 50 years of experience restoring properties back to their original state after water damage from floods, storms, and other causes. Count on our professionals to tackle your hardest water damage restoration jobs. We will work diligently to ensure that you are satisfied by the results, as we do all that we can to restore your belongings and building.
If you are in need of restoration following extensive water damage, give us a call at 978-447-5991. You can also visit us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/LaPointeConstruction for more information on the services that we offer.