Water damage refers to different possible losses experienced by a structure caused by water penetrating in such places where it can enable attack of some detrimental organisms or mechanism by natural processes like rotting of wood, growth of mold, bacteria expansion, corrosion of metals like steel, algae growth, swelling of manufactured materials like plastic, etc. The presence of excess moisture or water is considered to be the main cause behind all these phenomena. However, no matter for what reason, it is important that you should be fast in getting water damage restoration done for your home or business premise. There are many factors that may lead to damage of structure by water. It may start from excessive rains that may damage your roof and other parts of the building like foundation, walls, floors, insulation, and so on.
Another major factor is the lack of maintenance on part of property owner or establishment. Improper installation of fixtures and fittings, cleaning of water leakages, not having proper ventilation, maintaining leaks and seepage and the wrong use of water are some of the major reasons that may contribute in damaging your structure. If the damage due to water is extensive then hiring the service of water damage restoration firms is highly recommended. These firms will offer you the best possible restoration option at affordable rates. Therefore, before the repairing process is started it is important that the following points are taken into consideration.
Firstly, it is important to know what type of restoration is to be done. In case of complete renovation the walls, ceiling, floor, insulation, roof and other structures may be needed to be replaced. In case of partial renovation only the roof, walls and floors will need to be repaired. The rest of the structure can be left untouched, or even cleaned, depending on the extent of damage occurred.
Secondly, it is important to determine the cause of moisture intrusion to the building. Moisture intrusion can be a result of any number of causes like soil shifting, settling of soil due to any movement like building construction, wind, rain or even the natural tide. Whatever the cause of moisture intrusion, it must be resolved so that the damage restoration process can start. Complete restoration process of the structure requires total replacement of all the damaged materials.
Next, it is important to find out how much water has been caused by excess water? This is very important because the amount of water and the duration over which it has been present decide how much reconstruction and repair work is required. If the amount of water left untreated is high then repairs are needed even after complete restoration. For example, if the water left untreated for more than two days is more than ten feet then a structural drying solution like drywall and water damage restoration plastering may be required. There are other solutions like flash drying and dehumidification but they are temporary solutions at best.
When damage restoration is being carried out, it is very important to take care of the environment around you. A wet floor can spread diseases and can also carry toxins. A damp space which remains stagnant for a long time will also attract bugs and rodents which will cause a lot of damage to your health as well as to your goods. Therefore, a thorough cleaning of the area is necessary before damage restoration takes place. All carpeting, furniture, bedding and any other fabrics should be cleaned and dried properly so that they are ready for being reused.