Florida as a State is synonymous with water. From exquisite beaches to the beautiful Everglades, we are surrounded by water and sometimes submerged by it, which makes flood damage a common problem.
The process of water restoration involves some analysis before work can commence:
Categories Of Water Damage
Water damage is categorized in terms of how hazardous the water that caused the flooding is:
1. Clean Water
If you’ve left the faucet on and a sink or bath has overrun, you’re looking at a clean water leak. Clean water means that the water is safe and potable and not contaminated by any hazardous chemicals or materials.
2. Gray Water
Gray water leaks happen when the water system in an appliance, such as a washing machine or dishwasher, fails. Sometimes a leaking drain from the bathtub or shower is also the culprit.
3. Black Water
The third category is the most dangerous and needs to be cleared up ASAP. Black water is a result of a burst water main or contaminated source such as the ocean, river, or stormwater. The water is considered dangerous because of the pathogens that it harbors.
Water Damage Classes
These are the ways that water damage gets classified in order to determine the type of repairs needed:
Class 1 Water Damage
This is the easiest damage to assess and solve. An example of this would be a toilet leak onto a tiled floor. Since the tiled floor does not absorb any of the water, it can be cleaned with a mop and some towels.
Class 2 Water Damage
This class of damage is slightly more severe. When a broken pipe floods enough of the area to affect porous substrates such as drywall, then you have class 2 damage.
Class 3 Water Damage
Class 3 damage consists of areas that contain very porous materials being affected. A good example of this would be a carpeted floor that is covered by flood water.
Class 4 Water Damage
The most extensive in its destruction, class 4 encompasses flooding situations where there is actual structural damage caused by the water.
The Water Restoration Process
The following steps ensure that no stone is left unturned in our response to a water emergency:
1. Assess The Cause, Damage, And Remediation
When we arrive on the scene, we assess the cause of the problem and determine the scope of the damage.
2. Eradicate Standing Water
Often with flooding, there will be pools of standing water that did not drain. We then remove the standing water immediately.
3. Maximize Ventilation And Begin Drying
As evaporation starts to take place internally, the humidity of the interior air will increase, which will slow down the evaporation process. Ensuring the area is well-ventilated means that evaporation will continue at an efficient rate. Our water extraction teams use powerful fans and dehumidifiers to speed up the process.
4. Sanitize The Affected Areas
Affected areas could have traces of microbial colonies still lurking in the fibers. It’s important to sanitize the areas to ensure that all of these organisms are completely killed off. Bactericides and fungicides are used.
5. Repair Structural Damage
New structures are built to replace old ones, with improved drainage systems. Aesthetic repairs are the last to be completed.
Water Restoration In South Florida
Trusted water restoration companies can be hard to come by. Restoration Maintenance has been operating in the tri-county region since 2015. We’ll restore your home or business and give you excellent customer service as a rule.
If you require water restoration or would like to know more about our services, give us a call at 954-807-4721.