Why We Focus on Water Extraction and Structural Drying
The cliches for describing the relationship homeowners have with their home are many, but they surmise this relationship in a handful of words. Your home is an extension of yourself and a place as unique as you. But with owning our homes come many responsibilities and tasks, some thought of at the time of purchase and others which come to mind as they arise.
Water doesn’t get a second thought until it’s in your home in places it shouldn’t be. With its ability to only cover our sense of sight, sound, and feel, it packs a punch in terms of the damage it can do to a home in a relatively short amount of time. The sooner we can remove the water from your home, regardless of source, the sooner we can protect the structural integrity of your home.
Mitigating Water Damage
Once water enters a home, no matter how quickly you discover it, time is the foe in terms of the damage this force can wreak. The first step for us is to mitigate the water damage, essentially reducing or preventing the amount of it furthering harm to your home and belongings. Whether the water was brought via a flood of a broken appliance or rainstorm, the first 48 hours are crucial in our ability to start the recovery process for saving personal items in the home itself along with structural portions. If a food source such as drywall, flooring, or another permeable surface is available, along with high humidity or temperature and moisture are present, mold can begin to grow during the first 48 hours.
One common area of water damage or at least the source is found in the crawl space. The open space allows homeowners and restoration companies alike easier access to pipes and other utilities, but the open can also allow in moisture from flooding and climate conditions. We provide crawl space cleanup services, including a full assessment and restoration of the area.
Getting Your Home Back to Pre-Loss Condition
Pre-loss condition is a term you’ll hear many times over during the structural drying process. The term is commonly used by insurance companies to help define what they owe you, the homeowner, in the event of a loss. But as with any restoration job to a home, the process is multi-stepped and multi-faceted.
The first step is to assess the damage along with what personal items can be salvaged and what needs to be written off as a loss. After the assessment is finished, we use a combination of controlled air movement, temperature, humidity, and dehumidification to begin the process. Controlled air movement covers the extraction of water through absorption, draining, pumping, and vacuuming, along with evaporation through air movers. The area being dried is then closely monitored each day, with the results documented for reference in the event the original plan needs to be adjusted. Depending on the situation and materials affected, structural drying takes two to four days.
What Does the Reconstruction Process Include?
Once structural drying is complete, it’s time to begin reconstruction. This can be as little as minor repairs including replacing drywall and installing new carpet, or as extensive as the reconstruction of entire rooms. Flooring, trim, drywall, and paint all fall under the reconstruction process that we work with you to complete. Whether it’s your home or business affected by water damage, Water Extraction Experts can help. Our team has helped many homeowners, realtors, restaurants, office building owners and more to restore their property back to pre-damage conditions.
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