Rytech’s Residential Water Damage Service

Statistics show that residential water damage service of some type is required by about 14,000 homeowners every day. According to the Insurance Information Institute, water damage constitutes about 24% of all homeowner’s insurance claims and the average water damage claim is now around $10,900. The most common incidents that require professional water damage service include:

  • Leaking or ruptured plumbing pipes
  • Appliance defects or malfunctions such as a burst water heater or broken washing machine hoses
  • Roof leaks
  • Storms that include localized flooding
  • Sewage backups

First Things First

Because time is an important factor in minimizing the extent of damage, certain steps should be taken immediately if the need arises:

  • Turn off the water supply to the house at the main valve. If you don’t know its location or how to operate the valve, ask a plumber.
  • Stay out of rooms where water may have contacted electrical outlets or components.
  • Contact professional residential water damage service providers as well as your homeowner’s insurance agent.

Stages of Residential Water Damage Service

While any particular incident may impose slight variations, the typical sequence of water damage recovery can be broadly expressed in six stages:

  • Stage 1 – Emergency response. Reputable water damage recovery professionals are prepared to respond 24/7/365.
  • Stage 2 – Inspection. Room by room inspection to assess the type and extent of water damage.
  • Stage 3 – Water removal. A rapid removal of standing water from the structure using powerful extractors and pumps.
  • Stage 4 – Drying and humidity reduction. Residual moisture must be identified and dried utilizing air movers and professional dehumidifiers.  
  • Stage 5 – Cleaning and sanitization. Surfaces that were wet should be sanitized with antimicrobial solutions to prevent mold contamination.  
  • Stage 6 – Restoration. Removing and replacing damaged building materials—drywall, subflooring, ceiling materials, insulation, etc.—that were saturated by water and cannot be effectively dried. Electrical circuits may also require replacement. 

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