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Flood Waters Damaged Your Home? Cleanup Delays Can Be Costly – Don’t Wait to Get Help!

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

flooded homePost-flood restoration is a time-critical imperative. That’s because water damage to a structure is an ongoing process that continues unabated until specific, scientifically-proven methods are employed to stop it. It’s been observed that water inundation from a flood or other source is often more damaging than a fire inside the house. Once a fire is out, the damaging process is over and done. However, left untreated, water damage may continue long after the flood that caused it has receded.

Here are just a few reasons why arranging for professional post-flood restoration should be top priority as soon as the house is safe to enter.

Your house isn’t waterproof. Water isn’t called “the universal solvent” for nothing. Few building materials incorporated in the typical home permanently resist water. As time passes, water will inexorably soak into and degrade most primary building materials including wallboard, wooden structural components, flooring and even concrete. If professional remediation techniques are delayed, removal and replacement of many materials will eventually be the only option.

Water migration is 24/7. As hours elapse after a flood event, water continues to flow, drip and seep into every recess in the house, often traveling to parts of the structure that weren’t even affected by the initial inundation. As water penetrates deeply into a house, successful restoration becomes increasingly complex.

Wood rots and metal corrodes and rusts. Once triggered by prolonged exposure to water, these time-related processes can be problematic to stop. Wood rot spreads inexorably through a structure and rust and corrosion ruins wiring and other electrical components as well as metal systems such as HVAC ductwork. Drying these components ASAP after exposure to flood water is critical.

Mold won’t wait. Dormant mold spores are activated within 24 to 48 hours following exposure to moisture. When contacted by water, spores shift from an inert state into active growing mold that releases airborne reproductive spores. Mold contamination rapidly spreads throughout the house. Effective mold remediation techniques must be applied side-by-side with professional flood restoration.

For immediate, comprehensive information about post-flood restoration, don’t wait to contact the professionals at Rytech, Inc.

What is the IICRC and How Will it Protect You?

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

Anyone can claim to be a qualified water damage recovery contractor. Some of those who do, unfortunately, have no credentials whatsoever to prove it. The IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) is the governing body for the water damage recovery and mold remediation industry. Restoring your home’s value and reclaiming precious possessions from damaging water inundation, safeguarding your indoor environment from toxic contamination — these are not endeavors for the amateur or inexperienced part-timer. IICRC certification proves the water damage specialist you hire is a qualified, trained professional who is fully informed on standardized procedures and equipped with the necessary technology to do the job.

iicrcWater damage recovery and mold remediation contractors who have invested the time and commitment to earn IICRC certification are proud to display it. Here are some other ways that hiring an IICRC-certified contractor protects you:

  • Access to the most up-to-date methods and technology. The IICRC conducts research to update the science and practice of water damage recovery, keeping member contractors fully current on the latest state-of-the-art practices.
  • Proven standardized procedures. The IICRC formulates and publishes the standards of practice for the recovery industry. This ensures you get service that conforms with consistent, proven techniques utilized throughout the industry — not makeshift methods or cut corners.
  • Trained, qualified specialists. The IICRC trains, tests and certifies water damage and mold remediation technicians. Basic skills, as well as areas of advanced specialization, are included in the curriculum. To maintain certification, technicians must update their knowledge with continuing educations such as annual seminars and training.
  • Consistent business practices. The IICRC promotes a high standard of organized and efficient business procedures that protect the consumer. These include requirements for contractors to be fully bonded and insured, standards for issuing accurate estimates and a procedure for resolving any issues that may arise after the project.

Rytech, Inc. is proud to be an IICRC-certified provider of water damage and mold remediation services. Let us know if we can help.

Post-Flood Contamination Risks and Serious Hazards to Look Out For

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

While damage to a home after a flood is a given, flood contamination risks often come as a surprise to occupants of a house affected by water inundation. There’s more to worry about than just wet carpets, so keep flood contamination risks in mind when contemplating the clean-up of a flooded home.

First, consult with a qualified water damage remediation expert before re-entering a flood-damaged home to make sure other, more lethal threats such as live electricity and potential structural collapse have been mitigated.