When you have undergone a water reduction event or “water damage”, there are a couple of things that you know or should know. First, you must stop the circulation of water, if at all possible. If the flow is from a water heater or a busted pipe shut off the water to your residence. If you have a gas water heater, be sure to turn it off at the breaker box to avoid any damage.

DO NOT TOUCH THE BREAKER BOX IF THERE IS A CHANCE IT MAY BE WET! 

Next, you need to contact your plumber or roofer (based on the source of the flow ), explain what’s occurred, and schedule a time for them to come out – the earlier the better. Then you have to get in touch with a property restoration company, making sure that they’re insured, certified, and neighborhood. It’s hard to chase a builder 3 countries away if there aren’t any issues. A lot of people request a quote, the one issue with getting an estimate is the longer the water sits the further it spreads, increasing costs, and the likelihood of mold growth. Most water restoration businesses utilize a nationwide pricing manual such as Bluebook or even Xactimate; so the question should be “How quickly can you get here?” not “How much?” Additionally, this is the time to call the insurance agent. I would call my broker before any “800” numbers. When it’s a small claim, you might choose to take care of it yourself, to prevent a claim from the own insurer. Insurance brokers normally have a list of water restoration firms they work with, but the decision is yours. It is your right to choose who functions in your house, and if you are not comfortable with somebody, you can remove them from the occupation.

When the water damage restoration company arrives they ought to have some forms that you fill out. Commonly called a “work authorization form”, each state varies on the exact details, but essentially, it’s an arrangement between you and the builder he will dry the arrangement and you or your insurance company will cover them. They will typically request a deposit or the insurance allowance to get started. They need to also ask some questions such as “Where did the water come from?” “Has it been repaired?” “Does anybody have any respiratory difficulties (i.e. asthma or emphysema)?” This is vital because antimicrobials can irritate a breathing condition. From time to time, water damage may warrant a brief hotel stay, which many times is covered under your homeowners’ insurance.

There are several procedures for drying your house or business; every one of these has been shown to work. Different situations can also involve different techniques. A restoration company will decide the best way to accomplish getting your structure back to the “dry condition”. The “dry state” of your house/business is usually determined by having an unaffected region and carrying a moisture reading; this helps to determine the moisture content before the water reduction. This number is critical because the restoration contractor must get the affected region to this number or under. Click here to learn more.

The water damage restoration contractor must now start extracting the water. There are many machines on the market to accomplish this. Water restorers utilized to pull on the water off the surface, roll the carpet, tear out the pad and dispose of it lay the carpet back down, then blow air underneath it “float the carpet.” They would also eliminate affected molding, drywall, and pretty much anything wet. Then, they would put up air movers and dehumidifiers everywhere for 3-5 days. Technology has come a long way in healing drying; while dehumidifiers and air movers continue to be used, there are many other techniques. Thermal energy systems like this, Dragon Air, or Dri-Heat are machines that use directed hot air to wash a construction in a similar way to a clothes dryer. The benefit of Thermal energy systems is that everything can be dried “in place”. The molding, drywall, even the carpeting, and mat can be dried in place, which gets you back to normal in the shortest period possible. Most importantly this will help save you money on reconstruction costs because nothing was removed! Another bonus of the Thermal energy systems is that it uses directed hot air, so it reduces the possibility of mold to grow.

For much more about the science of how this works check out The Evaporation Calculation by Jeremy Reets; he is the inventor of this evaluation of renewable energy systems. Occasionally we need to rely on dehumidifiers. Dehumidifiers take from the ambient air and then remove the moisture by either a refrigerant or a desiccant then exhausting the dry air back into the room. This method still requires air movers and fans and antimicrobials. Normally, carpet, mat, and gutters will be removed based on the severity. You will have to locate a contractor, as many restoration businesses have a building branch, but you need to always get three quotes and go with whom you’re most comfortable. Irrespective of how your water damage restoration firm dries your house, make sure it’s dry.

Once it is dry, the process isn’t over. If they haven’t provided, you should request to see that the last moisture readings and confirm them by walking around with the technician and his moisture meter, analyzing a few spots, just to be sure. This is important because you could be faced with a mold problem if excessive moisture is not present. They should finally have you sign a work completion form to show they have finished the job, and it’s to your satisfaction. Many businesses wait a reasonable quantity of time to receive the balance due from the insurance company. Sometimes the insurance company pays you directly and you pay the contractors. When an insurance provider is slow to cover or denies the claim, you’re ultimately responsible for the balance due. It is crucial to keep receipts and business cards from all involved for future references.

Depending on the methods employed for drying or the severity of the reduction some reconstruction may be carried out. It is always recommended to get at least three quotes from respectable contractors/handymen. Following the handyman or contractor has left your house you still have one more trip from your carpet cleaner to perform the “closing clean”. They’ll wash and spray down with an antimicrobial.