Whether caused by a burst pipe, a ruptured water heater, or a natural disaster, indoor flooding can lead to serious water damage, including:

  • The weakening of a building’s structure
  • The growth of biological hazards, such as mold
  • The damage or destruction of personal property

One of the worst things about water damage is its progressive nature. This means that unlike other types of damage, water damage will only continue to get worse if left un-repaired. It can also have devastating consequences for a person’s health as excessive moisture is the perfect breeding ground for mold, which can cause severe respiratory problems for inhabitants.

Restoration Process

The first step in addressing restoration is to determine what type of water is causing the damage, of which there are three main kinds:

  • Category 1 damage is caused by clean water from frozen or broken pipes, roof leaks, or ruptured water heaters
  • Category 2 damage involves water that contains contaminants, usually from a washing machine, spa, or dishwasher
  • Category 3 damage, which is caused by water containing human or animal waste

Once the source of the flood has been discovered, a contractor must ensure that all standing water has been removed. This requires the use of high-suction water extraction equipment and high velocity air movers. Once this has been completed, professionals may be required to complete the following tasks:

  • Remove any residual moisture to prevent mold and termite damage
  • Assess the extent of the damage by using a moisture meter to measure the level of moisture in the carpet, wood floors, walls, and ceilings
  • Using an infrared camera to locate the damaged areas
  • Dehumidify the residence
  • Clean floors, furniture, and personal items
  • Dispose of ruined materials, including insulation, ceiling tiles, and carpet
  • Repair plumbing, drywall, or carpet
  • Treat the heating and ventilation systems
  • Disinfect the flooded area and perform odor control
  • Reinstall all furniture and personal items

These tasks must all be performed by professional restoration contractors to ensure that they are done properly and safely. However, there are some steps that a homeowner can take to cut down on costs and ensure that water damage does not spread, including:

  • Finding and stopping the water source
  • Relocating valuables
  • Removing all standing water by sponging and blotting
  • Removing saturated rugs
  • Ventilating flooded areas
  • Opening drawers and cabinets to improve interior drying
  • Drying wet fabrics
  • Placing wood blocks under furniture legs to prevent carpet staining

Taking these steps can save homeowners a significant amount of time and money by preventing additional damage and mold growth.

How a Fire and Water Restoration Company Can Help

By failing to seek help with water damage, a homeowner risks sustaining further and more expensive damage to his or her home down the road, so if your house was damaged by a leak or flood, please contact Dason Fire & Water Restoration, Inc. by calling 918-379-0390 or by completing one of our standard contact forms and a member of our team will explain what is involved in the restoration process and how we can help address your property damage needs.

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