What to Expect From a Water Damage Restoration Process
Your home is your sanctuary. It’s where you made years of memories with your family. It’s where you changed jobs, where your kids took their first steps, where they got into college, where you celebrated years of holidays.
So when a storm comes knocking, the last thing you want to think about is water damage–especially when that damage is so expensive to repair.
But if you want your home to stay your sanctuary, you need the right water damage restoration company. Here, we’re walking you through each stage of the restoration process, from the first look to the last nail.
The first step in any water damage restoration is to determine the extent of the damage. This means an inspection is in order.
A certified technician will go through your home to determine the extent of the damage and the appropriate action needed to reverse the damage. In order to do this, they’ll use special tools and instruments to determine the moisture level in your home.
They’ll pay particular attention to areas like baseboards, ceilings, and floorboards in damaged rooms to get an accurate reading. The goal is to determine how deep the water damage is so that you don’t have a festering problem later.
In the meantime, they’ll take steps to prevent worsening damage while they get the right equipment. For example, if the inspection shows that drying equipment is needed, the technician will place dehumidifiers in your home while they wait for approval from your insurance company.
Removal of Standing Water
From there, your technician will work on removing the standing water in your home. This is a high-priority task to contain the damage.
All wet items in damaged rooms have to be removed, including:
- Throw rugs
Once standing water is extracted, your technician will focus on deeper drying. This typically involves removing any wet surfaces on the floor, walls, or ceiling to expedite the drying. This includes anything from carpeting to baseboards to drywall to insulation.
If you have cabinets in the damaged area, drawers and doors are opened and toe kicks are removed to help drying. Depending on the extent of the damage, you may need to completely gut and replace your cabinets.
Remember: the goal is to get as much excess water out of the room as possible. If that water sits, it’s hard for the technician to mitigate the damage.
Stabilizing and Drying
Next comes the stabilizing and drying process.
If the goal of removal is to get rid of excess water, the goal of stabilizing and drying is to remove moisture on a deeper level.
During this process, your technician will use various pieces of equipment to dry out the room, including:
- Wood floor drying systems
- Air movers
This stage will take longer than the others, about two to four days. This is because the technician has to remove all excess moisture before repairs can begin in earnest.
They’ll closely monitor the room each day to make sure moisture control is in hand (so you don’t develop mold).
Once the damaged rooms have been restored to a standard level of dryness, you can begin the reconstruction process.
This is when you can begin any structural repairs that need to be made. You can start replacing floorboards, drywall, baseboards, gutted cabinets, and other features of the room while technicians continue to dry other areas.
Do You Need Water Damage Restoration?
If you need water damage restoration services, you’ve come to the right place.
We’re proud to offer comprehensive water damage restoration services to Columbus and surrounding areas, whether you’re dealing with a burst pipe or an emergency.
If you need help, no matter the time of day, don’t hesitate to get in touch.