Five Facts About Water Damage Repair

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Because water damage inside a home isn’t just a single phenomenon, effective water damage repair requires more than just one approach. Today, techniques to achieve successful remediation incorporate a wide spectrum of procedures and technology to get the job done. Here are some examples of what competent professional water damage repair is and what it isn’t.  

  • It’s a multi-faceted project. Repairing water damage involves more than removing visible water from a house with powerful extractors and controlling water vapor with dehumidifiers. It means using techniques to detect the water you don’t see that soaked deeper into the structure, infiltrating wall cavities and penetrating sub-flooring. Certain saturated building materials may be deemed unsalvageable and must be removed and replaced.
  • It’s not a do-it-yourself thing. Water damage repair also isn’t a job for a well-meaing handyman, the local carpet cleaner, or an all-purpose general contractor. Professional water damage remediation by technicians certified by recognized industry organizations is a specialty that combines effective tools and technology with proven methods based on research and verified results.
  • It’s an evolving event. Damage caused by water doesn’t end when the water source stops. As time elapses, water keeps migrating further from the source of the damage. Water on the move penetrates electrical components, seeps into ductwork, ruins insulation and damages vulnerable possessions. Extreme humidity pervades dry areas of the house, inflicting secondary water damage.
  • It’s a matter of mold, too. Mold growth triggered by water damage is considered inevitable unless proven, effective countermeasures are taken within 48 hours. Indoor air must be sampled to detect active mold spores. Procedures to remove verified mold contamination, followed by disinfecting affected areas with EPA-approved biocides, help ensure that water damage is not followed by toxic mold growth.  
  • It’s not over until it’s over. After water damage repair is concluded, multiple moisture level readings and air samples are taken to verify that the house meets industry standards for dryness and decontamination. One or more brief follow-up visits may be scheduled to repeat these tests and confirm successful remediation.

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