Property (home) water damage restoration can be as simple as vacuuming up water and drying out the affected areas or as complex as rebuilding entire sections of your home. Regardless of the level of residential water damage present, the goal of your water damage restoration company will be to restore your home or other structures to their livable, pre-damage condition.
What Goes into Water Damage Restoration?
Every water damage occurrence is unique and will require a customized solution, but the general water damage restoration process remains the same and will include the following key steps:
- Emergency contact to a reputable water damage restoration company
- Inspection and damage assessment
- Water removal/extraction
As you can see, much more goes into water damage restoration than simply cleaning up water. It involves tasks to make your home a safe place to live, free of airborne bacteria and mold that can be harmful to you and your family. That’s why it’s important that you don’t take on the task yourself but instead contact a water damage restoration company like Rescue One Restoration. We have the expertise and equipment to restore your home as quickly as possible before the situation escalates to unsafe conditions.
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The Water Damage Restoration Process
Step 1: Acting Fast
It’s important that you get our water damage professionals to your home as fast as possible once the damage has occurred so that we can begin water damage restoration services. This initial step is the most important part of a fast and effective restoration solution because prolonged exposure to moisture and standing water can lead to allergic reactions and disease.
Step 2: Inspection/Assessment
Once we’ve acquired the details of your water damage event, our water damage restoration professionals will perform a thorough inspection and classify the extent of water damage into one of the following classes and categories to help us outline the best plan of action to restore your property properly and begin the flood removal process.
Classes of Water Damage
- Class 1: Damage affecting part of a room that has absorbed minimal moisture
- Class 2: Damage affecting an entire room that has absorbed into walls and carpeting
- Class 3: Water has absorbed into walls and saturated most of an area and possibly has come from the ceiling
- Class 4: Requires special drying techniques due to damage to materials such as concrete, stone and hardwood
Categories of Water Damage
- Category 1: Damage from a source with clean water such as toilet tanks and broken pipes. Can degrade to Category 2 or 3 if water sits too long.
- Category 2: Damage from ‘grey water’ such as a dishwasher or washing machine containing detergents or water containing urine from an overflowed toilet
- Category 3: Damage from completely unsanitary water that can quickly cause illness, disease or even death, such as from river flooding, sewage and prolonged standing water that is growing bacteria and other microbes
During our inspection, we will check all materials that may have been affected and need to be replaced, including:
- HVAC systems, including ductwork
Step 3: Water Removal
During this step, we will use powerful pumps and vacuums to perform water extraction in your home. The type of equipment used will depend on the extent of water damage. Even if there are hundreds or thousands of gallons of water that need to be removed, we will do the job as quickly as possible to prevent the growth of mold and bacteria.
Step 4: Drying/Dehumidification
Once standing water and absorbent surfaces have been vacuumed, we will use specialized dehumidifiers and air movers to target any remaining moisture that is harder to access, utilizing less intrusive, scientific drying techniques. Depending on the extent of water damage, this drying out process can take up to several weeks to complete.
Step 5: Cleaning/Sanitizing
During this step, we will clean and sanitize all of your personal belongings affected by the water damage to prevent mold and bacterial growth, including clothing, furniture, carpeting and drapery. We use advanced antimicrobial treatments to perform this task and may use industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment to remove moisture and harmful particles from the air, as well as to remove odors.
Step 6: Restoration
In this final, and often biggest, step in the flood mitigation process, we will restore your home to its pre-damage condition. This step can be as simple as replacing some drywall or as complex as full service reconstruction of entire rooms. Especially in older homes, exposure to toxic substances like asbestos and lead are possible during this phase. That’s why we always keep the safety of you and your family members in the forefront of our minds when taking on the restoration process.
When you’re the victim of water damage, the most important thing is to be timely in discussing the matter with a water damage restoration company. This will keep you and your family as safe as possible. The professionals at Rescue One Restoration in Honolulu are armed with the expertise and advanced equipment necessary to restore your home or business to its pre-damage condition. If water damage has occurred, act fast and contact us 24/7. We will respond quickly and complete the water damage restoration process as efficiently as possible.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
The typical cost for water damage restoration depends on several factors, including how difficult it is to reach the source of water or moisture, whether the damage has started to break down materials like wood or drywall, how hard it is to eliminate the source of water, the amount of affected materials and the extent of debris removal and cleanup.
The average cost of restoring a non-catastrophic water leak is $2,400 and typically ranges from $1,000 to $3,800. A simple cleanup and drying out of your home will range from $3.75 to $7.00 per square foot.
These averages don’t include any extensive reconstruction needed to return your home to its pre-damage state, such as repairing a roof or replacing flooring.
Water damage restoration services are services that restore your home or property to pre-damage condition. The process includes the following steps:
1. Your home will be thoroughly checked to determine the extent of water damage.
2. The bulk of the water will be removed, followed by the extraction of remaining moisture to prevent the growth of bacteria and mold.
3. Your home and any personal belongings damaged will be cleaned and sanitized using specialized antimicrobial treatments to remove dangerous airborne particles and odors.
4. Your home will be restored to its pre-damage condition, which can be as simple as replacing some drywall to reconstructing an entire room.