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Water Damage Mitigation Process

Thursday, May 20th, 2021
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Water damage mitigation brings together specialized equipment, trained, certified technicians, and standardized procedures to return your home to a fully dry, safe environment. Effective mitigation of water damage is an established field of ongoing research with specific standards of practice developed by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). Professional water damage mitigation provides an orderly, efficient system with proven techniques and established criteria to ensure optimum results.   

What’s Involved in Water Damage Mitigation?

  • Rapid response. Any incident of water damage affecting your home is a time-critical issue. As minutes elapse, water continues spreading inside a structure and the potential for damage expands. Rytech technicians are ready to respond 24/7/365 and arrive fully equipped to take immediate steps to stop the process in its tracks and apply proven techniques to counteract the effects of water damage.  
  • Inspection and assessment. A qualified technician will inspect the premises to determine the source and type of water damage as well as estimate the extent of damage within the house. With this information, an effective plan to address all issues can be developed and put into action immediately. This orderly approach ensures organized efficient teamwork to deal with circumstances specific to each individual incident.
  • Getting the water out. Time is of the essence to inhibit the further spread of water within the house. Therefore, powerful industrial water extractors and pumps are utilized to remove the major volume of water in the shortest time possible. In addition to limiting the scope of damage within the house, rapid water removal also helps reduce the potential for mold contamination in the wake of water damage.
  • Deeper drying. After visible standing water is removed, residual moisture typically still remains in less-accessible areas of the structure. Proven technology, including high-volume, directional air movers and continuous dehumidification, are brought to bear to expedite the drying of all residual moisture. Depending on the volume and scope of water damage, the drying process may extend over several days.  
  • Sanitizing and deodorizing. Sanitizing surfaces affected by water utilizing EPA-approved antimicrobials helps prevent toxic mold contamination. Air scrubbers, meanwhile, remove the musty odors often associated with water damage.
  • Structural repairs. Certain building materials do not resist extensive contact with water. Examples include saturated drywall or incidents where standing water has penetrated flooring into the subfloor. If these are successfully returned to a dry moisture standard, they do not require removal and replacement.

7 Things to Know About Water Damage Mitigation

Tuesday, June 30th, 2020
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Professional water damage mitigation is a science, backed up by ongoing research and development of new techniques and technology. For homes and other structures affected by water and accompanying consequences such as mold, our goal is a safe, healthy, and fully restored indoor environment. While each job is approached as an individual project, certain fundamental facts apply to the process of water damage mitigation overall. Here’s a sample of things every homeowner should know:

  • About 65% of water damage incidents originating indoors result from a plumbing system failure—usually, a ruptured water supply line. Appliance or fixture overflows are the number two most common cause and ruptured/leaking water heaters are third.
  • Water damage is a dynamic process. As the clock ticks, water penetrates ever-deeper into the structure of a house, saturating absorbent materials and triggering toxic mold growth.  
  • The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) has three categories of water damage. Category 1 is clean water from a sanitary origin such as a ruptured pipe. Category 2, known as “gray water,” refers to sources tainted with bacteria such as an overflowing washing machine or dishwasher. Category 3 “black water” is highly toxic sewage requiring extensive decontamination methods.
  • Drywall often doesn’t dry well. In just three hours, a half-inch of water contacting the bottom edge of a sheet of common drywall will be absorbed six inches upwards into the material. Saturated drywall usually needs to be cut out and replaced.
  • Dormant microscopic mold spores exist everywhere, outdoors and indoors. After contact with moisture, dormant spores begin converting into active toxic mold growth within just 48 hours. Successful mold remediation must, therefore, begin ASAP in combination with eliminating all sources of water and residual moisture.
  • Soaring humidity inside a water-damaged house is a significant cause of secondary damage, even in rooms not contacted by water. Professional dehumidifiers are continuously operated throughout the house and thermal hygrometers are utilized to track the humidity level during the recovery process.
  • Every successful water damage remediation project must meet published industry specifications for standards of structural dryness, indoor humidity reduction, and air sampling for mold contamination.