Fixing a home or place of business after water damage has occurred is a project that leads to a wide range of possible outcomes. A lot of the water damage restoration process depends on what your circumstances are once a professional has fully assessed the situation. Here are four things to expect once work has begun.
Unless the water damage happened in a very dry environment, there's a good chance that the water damage restoration company will need to dry the area out. This process may go quickly if you're dealing with a concrete surface with pooled water. A professional can set a series of dryers on the floor to encourage evaporation.
Conversely, this may be a much slower process if you're trying to save high-grade wood surfaces. Typically, a professional has to dry this sort of surface for a long time because the water damage in the wood can cause warping. A slow approach improves the odds that the drying process won't cause detectable warping.
Looking for Mold Issues
One of the biggest worries after water has permeated a structure is that mold will start growing. Frequently, this is just surface mold, and you can wash it with an appropriate solution using something like chlorine in water. Unfortunately, there are scenarios where the water may have gone deep into the materials of a building. In these circumstances, it's important to identify the problem before deciding whether to restore materials or replace them.
Removing and Damaged Materials
You may face a scenario where some or all of the materials in a space have to go. This can be due to warping, excessive water saturation, mold, contamination from soil or sewage, or other issues. When this happens, a water damage restoration contractor will identify the affected areas. It is important to note that this is a situation where they will apply an abundance of caution. When there are doubts about an affected area, the default choice may be to remove materials and start over.
After looking to make sure all of the damaged stuff is gone, the replacement process begins. Presuming the underlying structures are in good enough shape, the removed materials will be replaced with appropriate ones.
A New Finish
Finally, you want to have everything looking like new. That means performing finish work, such as applying paints and other coatings. Some minor fixes may also be necessary to achieve as close to a one-to-one restoration as practicable. A water damage restoration company can provide additional information.