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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.

What Complicates Water Damage Recovery?

Thursday, September 24th, 2020
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Water damage recovery is often a straightforward procedure. Except when it’s notWater damage recovery can be complicated by a number of ancillary issues that make the process of remediation longer or more complex. Some potential factors involved in water damage don’t become apparent until after basic recovery procedures have already begun. Others may not manifest until after the process is over. Here are some examples of how simple issues become complicated.

Foundation Issues

Outdoor flooding can wreak severe damage to the interior of a house and belongings. A less immediate consequence of floodwater, however, is foundation damage. Water undermining the foundation may eventually manifest as structural changes. Complications such as windows and doors that stick, cracks in walls and floors, and basement walls that are bowed inward are a familiar result that ultimately requires restoration procedures.   

Mold Contamination

Dormant mold spores are activated by contact with moisture. Visual evidence of active mold growth may not occur immediately after water damage, but it is an eventual fait accompli in most scenarios. To avoid subsequent complications caused by the presence of mold, contamination should be assumed any time water damage occurs. Professional mold remediation procedures should be part of any water damage recovery project.  

Electrical Matters

Where water inside a home is deep enough to affect electrical wiring and other components, simply removing the water isn’t the end of the story. Electrical components and water do not mix as corrosion initiated by contact with water continues to degrade these parts even after drying. In most cases, electricians recommend that wiring, outlets, switches, circuit breaker panels, and switches must be replaced during a comprehensive water damage recovery project.

Unsuspected Surprises

A current water damage recovery project may turn up less obvious, previously existing issues. For example, while tracking water damage from an overflowing appliance, moisture originating from a longstanding hidden roof leak may be detected inside a wall, leading to the discovery of deterioration in the attic structure, ruined insulation, etc. 

How Long Does It Take to Dry out Water Damage?

Thursday, September 17th, 2020
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Anyone affected by it wants to know how long it will take to dry out water damage. Quite naturally, they want their home and their daily routine back, ASAP.

We get it. However, exactly when a house is “dry” by established industry standards isn’t determined by the amount of time on the job. The process to dry out water damage involves meeting criteria developed by the IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification) and utilized by professionals in the industry. These include:

  • The downward track of indoor humidity, a reliable indicator of water present inside a structure.  
  • Repeated moisture meter readings at specific locations to quantify the amount of water in common building materials and inside structural spaces.
  • Air sampling to detect airborne spores that indicate mold contamination.  

Here are some contributing variables that affect the timespan to dry out water damage:

  • The volume of water. Obviously, a few gallons from a brief appliance overflow that is stopped quickly is a shorter project than a plumbing pipe rupture occurring when no one is home to notice.
  • The category of water. Water from a clean source like a leaky water supply line that is promptly resolved presents fewer complications than contaminated water that requires extensive disinfecting procedures.
  • The extent of spread. Water that has soaked deeply into flooring and saturated the sub-floor, for example, or penetrated ceilings into wall structure and rooms below, will necessarily take longer. Conversely, a limited volume of pooling water that hasn’t spread under baseboards presents a faster, straightforward procedure to dry out water damage.

Ballpark Figures

Currently, the industry average to dry out water damage in a typical residential scenario is 4.9 days to achieve standards of dryness and mold prevention. Following that initial phase, if additional repairs should be required—for example, saturated drywall that can’t be dried must be replaced—the process may extend anywhere from several days to two weeks. In the event of severe water damage, such as widespread outdoor flooding inundating the entire house, the expected timeline for the project would most likely exceed a month.

Home Building Products That Resist Water Damage and What to Avoid

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

Not all homes resist water damage equally. While the flood risk may be similar for all residences in a specific area, some of those houses will inevitably incur less damage and recover more rapidly than others if flooding does indeed occur.