When doing restoration work after flooding caused by burst / leaky pipes or natural disasters, extracting water and drying out the whole area takes first priority. Restoration workers need to be able to inspect the building and assess Colorado Springs water damage quickly so action can be taken immediately.
Building repairs are of course, a major concern, but there are some important steps that need to be taken first:
Inspection for Molds
Everything that’s been affected by floodwaters need to be inspected for mold and mildew, which can grow in as short as 24 hours. Aside from surfaces, these may also be present in interior walls and underneath floorboards.
Drying and Dehumidifying
Large air movers can effectively dry out damaged areas. This equipment is used by water damage professionals for severe water damage. They also use dehumidifiers to remove any excess moisture that’s been absorbed onto surfaces and in the air.
Removing Porous Materials
Whether its carpet, fabric, furniture, or insulation, materials that show signs of warping or shrinking need to be removed or maybe even thrown out. Some items may still be salvageable by certain drying techniques your contractors may recommend.
Sanitation and Disinfecting
Before repairs and restoration work can proceed, sanitizing the affected space is an important step. Chemical sprays can be used for decontamination, as well as industrial grade equipment like air scrubbers and fogging machines.
Structural Damage Repairs
Once the crucial steps of water extraction, vacuuming, and drying are complete, restoration workers can then proceed with specific structural repairs.
In the case of water damage due to storms and natural disasters, the integrity of your ceilings may be put at risk. Affected ceiling panels must be removed before they sag or collapse. After clear inspection for leaks or roof problems, contractors will be able to let you the cost for repairs needed.
Damaged Wood Replacement
Wood materials, particularly wood flooring, require replacement if they show signs of mildew, molds, rot, or warping. Damaged panels would have to pried apart and the spaces beneath, thoroughly cleaned and dried, before being replaced.
Floor Repairs and Installation
Floors need thorough damage inspection as well. There are clear signs of water damage such as discoloration, stains, warping, and buckling, but it’s also important to check for trapped moisture underneath. If the damage requires a huge flooring job, it might be a good idea to consider waterproof flooring options to protect your home from future water damage.
Restoration professionals would determine which drywalls need to be replaced and which ones simply need to be properly dried. Some panels may only require repairing small portions. Insulation behind drywall would also be inspected for damage.
Inspection and Replacement of External Siding
Siding materials are also susceptible to water damage. If not given proper attention, water can seep in behind sidings and cause permanent damage to the structure. Siding needs to be replaced if it shows signs of rotting.
Caulking and Painting
When all ceilings, drywalls, flooring, and other components have been replaced, a paint job is just the right finishing touch. Staining, sealing, and caulking new materials would also help minimize future water damage problems.
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