Just a few inches of water can do serious harm to your home. Water damage is the second-most frequently filed insurance claim in the U.S. Billions of dollars in property losses occur each year as a result of water damage.
There are many causes, including burst pipes, a clogged toilet, leaking dishwasher lines, water heater failure, sewer backup and sump pump failure. If you experience water damage in your home or business, call the professionals at Roto-Rooter for information about what’s included in water damage restoration services. Following is some helpful information on the basics of water damage restoration.
Water damage restoration experts go into your home after a wet disaster occurs. They don’t just remove the water and clean up the mess, they dry, clean and disinfect the structure and areas that the water has affected, such as plaster and drywall, wood, concrete, and metal. Mold is always a concern, but there can be other complications related to moisture damage like crumbling drywall and plaster, failing beams and supports and rusting metal surfaces.
Roto-Rooter’s water restoration vehicles are fully equipped with state-of-the art water extraction, drying and moisture testing equipment to handle everything related to water cleanup efforts. Our professionals perform water extraction, remove unsalvageable contents and clean the affected areas. Roto-Rooter will also apply disinfecting agents, deodorize and dry the structure. Our team will also haul away any harmful and water damaged debris.
When it comes to water cleanup and water restoration, your local Roto-Rooter experts first inspect your property to assess the type of water damage received and the areas of the home that have been affected. Then they remove the water using specialized, professional grade equipment. For safety reasons, they also identify the category of water they’re dealing with before beginning the cleanup process.
There are three categories of water contamination. Categories 1 and 2 can turn into Category 3 depending on time, temperature and contact with contaminants.
Category 1: Water from a sanitary source, such as a broken water supply line or faucet. This will not likely cause long term harm.
Category 2: Water with some level of contaminant that could cause illness if ingested, such as water from a washing machine, toilet or dishwasher overflow.
Category 3: Water that is highly unsanitary and could cause severe illness if ingested, such as sewage, water from the toilet bowl with feces, and standing water that has begun to sustain microbial growth.
Once the water is removed, the affected areas must be dried and cleaned. Simple DIY drying techniques, however, are often not enough. Your carpet, walls and floor coverings are porous which means a simple cleaning will not suffice and extensive professional water damage cleaning is required.
Surface cleaning only removes visible contamination. Significant quantities of microorganisms are often left behind, which can potentially cause health problems and unpleasant odors. All surfaces affected by water damage must be thoroughly cleaned, disinfected and deodorized in order to properly eliminate disease-causing bacteria, fungi and viruses.
A water damage restoration expert should also help you document damage to your property and seamlessly work with your insurance company so that your claim can be processed quickly and accurately.
The harmful effects of water damage can be reduced greatly by the prompt and reliable water damage restoration services from Roto-Rooter. Our plumbing and water restoration experts are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.