Water Damage Restoration & Restoration :-After the flood waters recede and the clean up has been done, most folks want to get back into their homes or businesses and start rebuilding. The problem is that wood that has been submerged in water has likely absorbed a large amount of water. Rebuilding too quickly after a flood can cause continuing problems such as mold growth, insect infestations, and deterioration of the wood and wall coverings.
Flood waters are not clean water; therefore, most porous building materials must be removed and replaced with new materials.
- Inspect for structural and electrical damage from outside to determine if it is safe to enter.
- Electrical safety is extremely important in floods. Check for fire hazards and gas leaks. Use battery-powered light sources.
- Never mix chlorine bleach with ammonia or vinegar.
- Wear sturdy shoes, rubber gloves, and eye protection.
- Be watchful for fire ants, snakes, or other animals.
- If mold is present, wear a respirator that can filter spores.
Believe it or not, there are three types of water. The first type is “clean” water from rain, condensation, leaky pipes, and so on. It’s relatively harmless to clean it up yourself. But if you decide to seek outside help, it costs around $3.75 per square foot for basic water damage cleanup (replacements not included). The second type is gray water, slightly dirty water from dishwashers, washing machines, clean toilets, and so on. And it may have some contaminants. But you can clean it up yourself if you remove it carefully and with proper safety gear to protect yourself. Professional water damage cleanup cost rises to $4.50 per square foot. The third type is black water, such as sewage or serious flooding from nearby rivers, etc. This water contains waste, bacteria and other serious contaminants. Black water can cause very serious health problems, and you shouldn’t try to clean it up yourself. It’s time to contact the pros for home water damage repair. Water damage cleanup cost rises to $7 per square foot.
Water Damage Mitigation
Whether it’s a burst pipe, flood damage, or any other number of potential causes, water damage needs speedy and effective water damage mitigation. Water mitigation is about much more than just drying and cleaning a property. There are many other factors to consider, like decontamination and treating porous materials (e.g. carpet or drywall) that can hold water. If left damp or untreated, bacteria can potentially thrive and cause future problems.
BELFOR has been restoring water damaged property for over 70 years, and we know the importance of a quick response and the successful implementation of a water restoration plan. Our water damage restoration process will evaluate three criteria to determine the best course of action:
- Amount of property damage
- Degree of contamination
- Replacement costs vs restoration costs