Roy Utah Water Damage Restoration and Safety Tips
The only damage comparable to a flood or water damage is a fire or high level windstorm damage. When water gets loose inside of a home or business, either because of a flood or leaking pipes inside the structure, it literally destroys everything in its path.
The thing about water is that sometimes it can take awhile to actually get to the problem and mitigate the influence that the water has on the environment. In addition, it is not always apparent to the casual onlooker exactly what the water contains.
Flood waters can contain everything from raw sewage, chemicals, pesticides, fertilizers, harmful bacteria and viruses, as well as petroleum products and mold.
If you are the victim of a breaking pipe, sewage backup, or a genuine flood from outside of the home you will need to take some precautions right away.
First of all, if you have standing water anywhere in your home or business, do not attempt to clean things up yourself. There could be dangerous materials in the water, and you don’t know if the water is covering any live electrical outlets or not.
The best thing for you to do is to get any important papers, your car keys, cell phones, and a few days of clothes, if possible and go to a friend or relative’s home, or to a hotel. You should call a ROy Utah waster damage restoration professional before you call your insurance company and inform them of the incident. We can help you with the insurance process. Utah Disaster Specialists, located in Northern Utah is a highly recommended firm by many insurance companies, as we have extensive experience in flood cleanup and restoration.
Time is very critical with water damage, so the sooner you can accomplish this, the better. Most of the national brand name companies of this type are ready to go on a 24/7 basis.
Believe it or not, the water damage specialists will be able to restore your water damaged area to a pre-flood condition, but if there is a big time delay, the damage can be greater, thus causing a greater cost in effecting a recovery and restoration.
The entire procedure is carefully planned and documented, as the company has a patented procedure for the extraction of standing water, using high speed pumps, which will have the water out of your structure in a few hours.
Once that occurs, a drying process is set into motions with heavy, industrial type fans. This process can take up to a few days, depending upon the extent of the damage. While this process is going on, items that have soaked up water and cannot be saved must be thrown out.
Things like carpet and padding, overstuffed furniture, such as couches, chairs and hassocks would fill the bill on that definition. Pillows, draperies, drywall, wall studs, anything that is going to retain the flood water must go.
One of the key factors in drying the affected area very thoroughly is to mitigate any new mold that might be present. While it is very likely that mold will appear in many flood situations, the key is to perform a very detailed mold inspection, and then fully eradicate the mold so that it does not have a chance to grow.
Mold starts life as a tiny spore, and all it needs to root is a moist place that is dark, and which has no moving air. The dark corner of a flooded basement fits that definition to a key, as does the back of a drywall panel that no one can see.
Consequently, parts of the affected flood area may have to be replaced with new flooring, wall studs, drywall and any structure that shows up as having a possible mold presence. Mold can cause serious respiratory, esophagus inflammation, and sinus problems, so it really needs close scrutiny in locating any mold at all that is present.
This is why once the area is dry, a thorough sanitized and sterilization process is performed to eradicate not only mold, but bacteria, viruses, e-Coli, and any other pathogen that could cause problems at a later date.
Once an area is sanitized, then reconstruction can begin which when finished, painted and set in order again, will restore the area to its pre-flood status.
For Roy Utah water damage restoration, Utah Disaster Specialists are experts at what we do and since there is no “one size fits all” when it comes to water disaster and flooding incidents. Each issue must be handled based upon the immediate situation, and that is why our expert teams are so well trained and can react so quickly in getting things under control.
We work with all insurance companies, and are recommended by many. Our pledge to the customer is that their home or business will be restored to its former, pre-flood status. When it comes to Roy Utah water damage restoration, Utah Disaster Specialists are immediately ready to take on any water or flood problem you might have.