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Dealing with the results of water, fire and mold related disasters is stressful, and we’re here to help you with managing your disaster restoration stress.
Water damage describes a large number of possible losses caused by water intruding where it will enable attack of a material or system by destructive processes such as rotting of wood, growth, rusting of steel, de-laminating of materials such as plywood, and many others.
Fire damage refers to the physical damage to a property as a result of burning. This damage may either be directly caused by the flames or could occur due to smoke and other corrosive substances emitted by the fire. In terms of insurance, fire damage is one of the types of coverage offered in property insurance.
Mold or mould is part of the natural environment. Mold play an important part in nature by breaking down dead organic matter such as fallen leaves and dead trees; indoors, mold growth should be avoided. Mold reproduce by means of tiny spores.
Water Damage and Drying Out After the Flood There are different categories of flood water, and which one you are facing will determine how you respond to the problem.
Flooding is the most prevalent natural disaster that we face in the United States. It causes billions of dollars in damages to homes and properties on an annual basis and it can affect an extremely wide range of the country. It’s not just coastal areas that face problems caused by flooding, but many areas near rivers etc. After a year that saw as much snowfall as 2017 did, many areas of the country will have to deal with the repercussions of flooding, who have not had to worry about such a thing for many decades. Thankfully, if your business or home experiences water damage from a floor, there are steps that you can take in the immediate aftermath that will facilitate things getting back to normal as quickly as humanly possible.
Why Hire A Professional Water Damage Restoration Company? The advantages of hiring professionals.
Many times they can also assist in the claim and help coordinate things with your insurance agent as well. This can not only speed up the process, but it will also give you the piece of mind to know that the problem is being taken care of and the health of your family (or that of your customers if the damage is at your place of business) is in good hands. Especially when gray or black water is concerned, it is best not to take any chances when dealing with flood damage.
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Dealing with the damage to walls can be challenging at times, depending upon the material that the wall is made of. Drywall, for example, can many times be salvaged, but only if you catch it quickly enough.
Water Damage Timeline If you don’t find out about the damage right away, many times mold will have already set it and once it has, you cannot get it out of drywall. Generally 24-48 hours is the response time necessary to try to attempt to salvage and dry it out.
You can also purchase moisture meters that allow you to assess structural integrity when you are considering other types of walls. Once you have determined if the wall can be salvaged, the materials within the wall will determine which process you use. For example, if the wall has insulation in it, you will want to use flood cuts. If there is no insulation, usually you will create weep holes. If you are dealing with a firewall, then you will want to use what is known as staggered cuts. You will also want to make sure that you pull off and check any base molding and floor covering. If you are dealing with carpeted floors, then you can probably pull back a wet area and use industrial fans to dry it out.
Most people think that once they discover moisture damage, the best move is to open up the windows and air things out. This is not necessarily your best move. If you are in a building that is mechanically ventilated, the system needs constant pressure in order to operate properly. Plus, you want to avoid excess heat and humidity, as well as excess cold/cooling, as either can complicate the drying out process. Basically, once you have made your cuts in the walls and pulled back any wet flooring, you will need one air mover (fan) for approximately every 15-25 square feet of floor. If the moisture load and density is very high, then you will probably need even more than that. Don’t forget to double check that everything is completely dry before putting it back together or you will end up with mold despite your best efforts.
Moving water will spread throughout the building, finding the path of least resistance and saturating everything in its path.
Musty household odor will begin to intensify. The drywall swells and starts to break down. Unprotected metal surfaces start to tarnish. Laminated furniture starts to swell, split and crack.
48 HOURS TO 1 WEEK
Mold, mildew and other contaminants grow and spread throughout the dwelling. Unprotected metal rusts and pits. Paint starts to blister. Windows, doors, and wall studs start to swell and warp.
MORE THAN 1 WEEK
Structural safety and health concerns pose serious hazards to occupants requiring other living arrangements may be necessary until reconstruction is complete.