Water Damage Restoration refers to the prevention and restoration of damage to both the building and its contents resulting from water intrusion. Water damage may be caused by natural causes, such as rain falling on the building or some other liquid, or by human causes, such as flooding due to high rainfall, sewage system problems, or storm drain clogging. Water damage restoration can be performed on its own or can be combined with other types of building repairs. Water Damage Restoration can also include the re-appearance of the original structure due to extensive and time-consuming building maintenance work that was performed prior to the damage.
Water damage encompasses different possible losses incurred from water intruding into a building where it may allow attack of a structure or system by destructive organisms such as bacteria, fungi, rotting of wood, fungi growth, corrosion of steel, swelling of polymer materials, de-lamination of metals such as wood, and others. The most common form of water damage is flooding. This occurs when water seeps inside a building and contaminates interior parts of the building (such as carpet, furniture, etc.)
Water Damage Restoration may include repairing or replacing damaged doors, windows, walls, flooring, ceilings, doors, ceiling tiles, walls, roofing, insulation, electrical systems, plumbing, walls, and ceilings. Water Damage Restoration can also include remedying odors that may be associated with mildew; or, if a building is older, it can include remedying structural elements of the building, including the columns, floors, ceiling, beams, roof, floor joists, rafters, roof trusses, siding, gables, porches, and porcelain.
The best way to go about determining the best course of action for your property is to ask for a professional opinion regarding water damage restoration services. A professional is familiar with all of the possible possibilities and the potential outcomes of water intrusion, which is the accumulation of water in an area without the proper drainage system. Water Damage Restoration can include cleaning up the area, such as vacuuming floors, removing mold spores and any debris, drying off walls, ceiling tiles, carpet, furnishings, drapes, and wood surfaces, and restoring structural integrity and functionality of the building. An expert will also be able to advise the homeowner on the best course of action to take in case the building is not able to safely dry itself.
Water damage can occur on a building anywhere on the exterior walls or foundation, including crawlspaces, basement, attic, basement or roof. If the foundation is weak, the water can seep underneath the building and cause damage to internal components. In order to prevent this from happening, you should install a waterproofing system on the foundation, such as a roofing membrane, siding, and basement. If the siding is unable to provide adequate protection from water, you may need to add a siding cover.
Before calling a professional, you should make sure that the water damage restoration company is licensed and bonded. Once the company is hired, you can rest assured that the restoration process will be thorough and effective.