Restoring a home after water and fire damage is a challenging task. Standing water and moisture are breeding grounds for mold and bacteria. Living in a water-damaged environment can have an adverse effect on the health of your family members. Although the process of restoring may sound simple, it is actually quite challenging and can take several days, even weeks, depending on the extent of damage and the size of the affected area. Some homeowners believe that water damage restoration involves only surface drying a property; however, this is not so. Water damage restoration is a lengthy process that starts with water mitigation services and extraction, using humidifiers and air movers to dry out the property and even includes materials removal, contents restoration, as well as mold prevention.
The first step of the water damage restoration process is the assessment of the property. We will work to prevent and contain further damage and then start the restoration process by extracting any standing water that is soaking the carpet. In case the carpet is not salvageable, it will need to be discarded.
In order to completely dry out the property, it is best to remove the carpet to expose subflooring and the drywall to uncover wall cavities. The next step is to arrange the dehumidifiers and air movers strategically in order to remove moisture from the air. This process typically takes a few days.
In some cases, mold and fungal growth can also be an issue. Therefore, we may apply antimicrobials to get rid of existing mold spores or prevent mold growth.
Although water damage to your property can ruin your belongings, restoration technologies have become quite advanced today, which makes it possible to salvage many items. Thus, we will take the salvageable items such as hard goods, electronics, textiles, photos, clothes, and more off the site to restore.
The last step of the restoration process is to test for moisture to ascertain the dryness of the structure. Only then can construction services commence the building process.
The water mitigation process prevents further damage to your property. It involves steps taken by the restoration contractors before beginning the restoration process in order to contain the damage to your property. It typically includes removing salvageable contents, preservation of the structural integrity of the property, and containment or tarping off of areas where water damage could spread.
Moreover, removing the water from the property with the help of commercial-grade extractors is also a part of the mitigation process. The water damage restoration begins after mitigation as it is not possible to restore a water-damaged property before it has been properly mitigated. A professional restoration contractor needs a full picture in order to efficiently plan what needs to be done first.
Fire damage restoration refers to the process of restoring a smoke and fire-damaged property to its pre-loss condition. This process can typically take weeks, even months, depending on the destructive nature of the disaster.
While water damage restoration, which can take days, requires mitigating water and drying out the property, fire restoration includes tasks such as property board up, soot, odor, and debris removal, demolition and reconstruction, as well as contents cleaning and removal of any dangerous hazards like asbestos and lead.
Another thing to note is that water and fire damage can often occur concurrently. In case of fire on a property, the fire department douses the structure with water in order to contain and extinguish the flames. Sometimes, water pipes may also burst or melt during a fire, thus causing the structure to flood. Although fire can cause tremendous damage to a building, water damage can make it unsalvageable.
At Green Restoration, we take all the necessary steps required to restore your property to its pre-damage condition. Our professionals will assess your water and fire-damaged building and draw up a plan to efficiently mitigate and restore your property. We will also ensure that there is no fungus or mold growth so that you can enjoy healthy living conditions.