When your home suffers from storm damage, sewage damage, or clean water damage, immediate action is required to remove the water and minimize the damage and loss. The key in water removal and restoration is not to try and do it yourself. Water damage restoration is a serious undertaking and not to be taken lightly. If not done properly, by appropriately skilled and experienced, water removal restoration experts, you could at the least fail to fix the problem, and at worst cause greater damage than there was to begin with and suffer greater losses.
Whether the water damage you suffer is clean water from broken water lines, rain water or storm damage, or sewage damage, the best thing you can do for yourself as a homeowner is hire a professional water damage repair and restoration service to handle it for you. Most damage is divided into three main categories: Category 1 is clean water damage, Water Damage Restoration Florida Category 2 is water from a source that is possibly contaminated, and Category 3 is what’s known as “black water”, the result of problems like sewage backup.
Whatever the cause and type of water damage, nowhere does the term “the right tool for the job” as much, meaning that a thorough and complete job requires the right equipment. Renting this equipment yourself could be prohibitively expensive, not to mention the steep learning curve in using it. Water damage restoration experts, by contrast, have all the right equipment for the job, and they know how to use it.
When it comes to selecting the right professional water restoration repair service for your needs, it’s important to look at exactly what services each company offers. Some companies will only offer water removal, for example, while others may offer any number of other services, like structural drying, sewage cleanup and backup, digital metering, thermal imaging and more. Some water damage restoration professionals will even offer assistance with insurance claim filing. And without an insurance claim to file, the cost of restoration can be much higher.
An incomplete job not thoroughly performed can leave lingering moisture behind in walls, insulation, and elsewhere. This creates a breeding ground for molds which, in addition to damaging one of your most valuable assets, your home, could also harm one of your other most valuable assets, your health. Drying the space by opening windows and doors, and blowing the air conditioner is simply insufficient. Never the less, a prepared home owner should keep a stock of rubber gloves, boots, and a good wet/dry vac around for just such an incident.