What is Water Damage Restoration?
Water damage restoration is a broad activity often undertaken by professional companies. These companies provide many services designed to help you get your home or business back in a clean, safe and usable condition. Although you may not need to hire one of these companies for yourself, it’s good to know what they do so that you understand the process if you ever need to use them. This blog post will introduce the basics of water damage restoration and explain some of the services provided by these companies.
Water damage can occur for a variety of reasons, but the most common culprits are:
- A burst pipe or plumbing leak.
- Storms and floods.
- Broken appliances such as dishwashers, washing machines and water heaters.
Suppose you’ve noticed water damage in your home or business due to one of these causes. In that case, you must immediately act quickly to mitigate further damage before it gets worse by contacting a professional water restoration company!
Drying and Dehumidifying
The first step is removing moisture from the air when you start drying. If you don’t do this, any liquid that remains in your home could begin to grow mould or mildew.
Drying and dehumidifying are two different things. The former involves removing all water from surfaces and materials; dehumidifying remove only excess moisture in an environment. After a flood or other disaster, it’s vital to use both methods when drying out your property carefully. It will help prevent mould growth while also allowing you to save some items that might otherwise get ruined by extreme humidity levels.
Sanitising and Cleaning
Sanitising and cleaning are the final steps in the water damage restoration process. Sanitising kills bacteria and other pathogens while cleaning removes debris and contaminants from the property. The goal of sanitising and cleaning is to prevent mould growth due to residual moisture.
It’s essential to remove standing water by drying and drying out wet surfaces that have been soaked by flood waters or leaks, like walls, furniture, or cabinets. When these types of materials become wet, they cannot hold heat as well as dry ones can—meaning that they will be colder for extended periods than those exposed to air circulation would be after being exposed to moisture.
Restoring and Replacing
Restoring is the process of repairing damage to a structure or object. It includes everything from repairing wood floors to restoring walls and mouldings and to re-caulking tubs and sinks. An experienced water damage technician or a homeowner with little knowledge of restoration techniques but plenty of determination can do it.
Restoration is also less expensive because it avoids some costs associated with purchasing new items or building materials:
- You’ll likely save on labour costs if you do your repairs. If you hire someone else, this may not apply as much—but keep in mind that any work needed after the initial restoration can also be considered part of your budget if it’s related to fixing something damaged by water (e.g., mould remediation).
- If you don’t have enough money available for a replacement right now (or at all), restoring may be easier on your bank account until then! It’s also better for the environment because fewer products are being manufactured and transported worldwide!
When you have a water damage incident, it can be overwhelming. But you don’t have to go through this alone. A water damage restoration company can help restore your property and return to normal.
Hopefully, this article has helped you understand how a water damage restoration company can help your home beyond fixing the leak. Knowing what services you should expect from a water damage restoration company before hiring one is imperative because every company has different offerings. There are many variables when it comes to getting your house dry again.
For your Water Damage Restoration needs, call Martijn van Lith at +0409 987 319. We are available 24/7.
Martijn van Lith is a preferred Forensic and Extreme Clean services supplier and has worked with over 5000 clients (including NGOs and government organisations) across Australia’s South East Queensland regions. We offer a wide range of services, including Hoarding Help / Squalor Cleanup, Crime Scene Clean, Death/Suicide Cleanup, Covid-19 Cleans, Mould Remediation, Water Damage Restoration, Fire Damage Restoration, Prison Cell Cleanup & Decontamination, and more.