A Guide for Assessing Water Damage for Successful Restoration

Restoring your home as it was before the water damage caused by burst pipes, flood or sometimes, even fires is very time-consuming, stressful, and just overwhelming for the homeowner. However, with our simple and short guide, you may be able to cope with the entire situation more successfully. No matter how was the water damage caused, you must do everything you can to restore it from all the destruction and moisture. If you delay this, mold will certainly grow in your home and all your furniture may get permanently destroyed. Thanks to water damage restoration, you can repair your home and restore it to its original state. Follow our tips to make this process a little bit faster. After you have taken these steps, you will be able to live safe in your house once again.

Assessing the Water Damage

The first and most important thing to do before you actually start doing something is to evaluate the damage. When you have established and assessed the damage, you and your technicians will exactly know what to expect and how to approach your home. Also, they will know what exactly need to be done in order to restore your home to its previous state. Assessing the damage will also come in handy because technicians are required to work with insurance companies and determine property damage and injuries. Only after quality assessment, a quality plan for refurbishing can be made.

During the evaluation, the water damage company will assign you with one of the three possible categories in which each stands for a different approach and manner in which the damage must be handled in order to be properly restored and reversed. If you get the first category that means the water is coming from a clean source and it’s not contaminated (meaning it doesn’t contain urine or feces). In these cases, the water actually comes from pipes and sinks. It can even come from toilets as long as the toilet was free of contaminants.  In the second category, the water comes from appliances like dishwashers, washing machines or sources that have minor sources of contamination. Toilets can also be included in this category. The third group is the most dangerous one because it means that the water comes from dirty, unsanitary sources. These sources can be toilets with fecal matters, sewage lines and pipes and similar.  After this assessment, professionals can start with flood damage cleanup in an appropriate manner.

What to Do Next? Drying and Decontaminating the Area

After the assessment, the area needs to be dried and disinfected if the water comes from a contaminated source. This must be done by a professional water damage restoration team who is specially trained and experienced to handle these delicate situations. As an amateur, you are not of great help, and by trying to do something on your own, you just might jeopardize your health and safety. So, in these cases, it is best to remain calm and let the professionals do their job.