Water damage brings about a destructive force resulting in various secondary problems impacting your property. Therefore, if your property incurs water damage, having immediate repairs done is crucial. In addition, the extent of water damage can be misleading when viewed on the surface, as water potentially seeps through the deeper parts of your property. In times like this, calling Precision Environmental to address immediate issues will mitigate future complications.
Water is categorized by its level of toxicity. These three categories determine the approach Precision Environmental will take to get your home back to pre-loss condition.
Category 1 Clean Water:
Water coming from a Faucet is clean water. Depending on the situation, a category one may only require thorough drying.
Category 2 Gray Water:
If an appliance malfunctions, the water coming from it will be cloudy and grayish colored that water has chemicals or cleaning agents that might make you sick. Because of the presence of chemicals, category two events require thorough drying and, in most cases cleaning to remove any chemical residue.
Category 3 Black Water:
Black Water, which is usually the term applied to sewage backups, has a high pathogen count. It’s the most severe problem. Category three should be dealt with by professionals. This is dangerous, and category three water damage situations require the most thorough cleaning. It will necessitate a several-step procedure to restore your property to a safe condition.
Water Damage Timeline
Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path. Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings. Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets. Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.
Hours 1 - 24:
Drywall begins to swell and break down. Metal surfaces begin to tarnish. Furniture begins to swell and crack. Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain. A musty odor appears.
48 Hours to 1 Week:
Mold and mildew may grow and spread. Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp. Metal begins to rust and corrode. Furniture warps and shows signs of mold. Paint begins to blister. Wood flooring swells and warps. Serious biohazard contamination is possible.
More Than 1 Week:
Restoration time and cost increase dramatically, replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive. Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.
Emergency Water Restoration Process
Water can destroy property more so than any other single substance. Therefore, it is important to act as soon as water damage is detected. Our staff responds 24/7/365 to eliminate the source of the water and limit the adverse effects that follow.
1.) Initial Inspection:
A Precision Environmental professional will assess to determine the appropriate action needed to reverse the adverse effects of the water damage. Once completed if there are no safety hazards, contents are secured if needed, and restoration begins.
2.) Water Extraction:
Containing the damage and extracting all standing water begins. All wet materials on the floor, i.e., throw rugs, pillows, clothing, furniture, office equipment, are removed from the affected area. Once water is extracted, if needed, technicians will begin to remove water-damaged surfaces on walls, ceilings, or floors to help expedite the drying. Cabinet drawers and doors are opened, and toe kicks (a bottom front piece of your cabinet that will allow exposure under your cabinet) may be removed to accelerate drying. Every wet surface will need to be treated.
3.) Stabilizing and Drying:
After extraction and removing all wet materials, the drying process begins. Commercial grade equipment is used in this process, including air movers, dehumidifiers, wood floor drying systems, and heaters to generate dry air and increase air circulation and evaporation. During the drying, the environment is carefully monitored each day, and the progress results are documented. Moisture control is crucial in preventing mold growth.
4.) Re-assessment of the Damage:
After structural drying is completed, certified technicians will conduct another inspection to ensure no hidden pockets of moisture could result in further water-related damage or mold growth.
5.) Reconstruction Build-Back:
Once the water damage has been mitigated and the structure has been returned to a dry standard, reconstruction is the final step in the restoration process if structural damage and other building materials need replacement. By the end of reconstruction, your dwelling will be safe, healthy, and returned to its pre-loss condition.