Many people do not realize how pervasive water damage can be. It is one of the most difficult things to correct simply because there are so many other issues to consider before your repair can actually be completed. Water damage can take many forms, from slow, simple seepage through cracked foundations to complete flooding from broken pipes. External water damage can also occur from flooded rivers, lakes, or backed up storm drains.
The steps to repairing water damage depend upon how extensive the damage is in the first place, and what areas of your home or office are affected. Additional considerations are what caused the damage in the first place—water from an internal leak, a faulty appliance or drain, or external flooding.
To begin with, any standing water must be removed. This is where it pays to bring in a professional who has the correct equipment to quickly remove all standing water so that a repair assessment can be made. Depending upon the volume of water, submersible pumps may be required to remove the water.
Once the water is gone, the area needs to be thoroughly dried and the source of the leak determined. By using a company which specializes in water damage, these two things can be done quickly and efficiently, allowing you to get on with the necessary repairs.
Before the task can be considered complete, the area must be examined to make sure no mold started to grow as a result of the water. In addition, any carpets must either be removed or professionally cleaned to remove any mold spores.
Should you experience water damage, regardless of how big or small, don’t wait—Act immediately to resolve the problem. There are many negative consequences of waiting including mold growth and damage to foundations, walls and woodwork.