Restoring water damage is a complicated task that requires a variety of techniques and equipment to ensure the job is done correctly. Depending on the size and scale of the emergency, different measures are taken to remove water and remediate contaminated areas. Today, we will continue our previous article and review the various things that are generally done in a water damage job, as well as the scope of the equipment used.
The essential steps for any water damage restoration job can be broken down as follows:
* Elimination of flood water
* Moisture mapping
* Inspection and mold removal
* Water drying techniques
Flood water removal
Removing the water source is the important first step in any water damage restoration. Professional technicians should have a variety of equipment at their disposal when they arrive on the scene. Typically, portable submersible water pumps are used to pump water build-up into structures. These pumps have a high threshold for extracting water and can generally dry out an entire submerged area in no time, which is essential to prevent damage from spreading.
Moisture mapping involves the use of detection equipment to obtain a rough map of the moisture values on your property. Infrared is one of the most common methods used to obtain accurate readings, and properly trained technicians also often take high-quality digital photos to assess the extent of damage. This step is crucial to get an idea of how serious water damage can be and take preliminary steps to prevent mold growth.
Mold inspection and removal
Waste water can cause mold damage if not addressed. Water damage professionals will use special detergents that sterilize the area and make conditions unfavorable for mold growth. Additionally, some catering companies may use deodorization and ventilation as part of the process to remove stubborn odors and airborne contaminants.
Water drying techniques
These are some of the most common water drying techniques used by IICRC certified professionals. Each technique is used according to the severity of the situation.
Also known as evaporators, air motors assist the drying process by controlling the humidity in a region and promoting air circulation. This helps at a broad level by removing liquids from porous materials (rugs, wood, drywall, drywall, and more), making it more difficult to deal with specialized equipment.