Things About Water Damage Restoration
Water Removal and Water Damage Restoration for Damages Involving:
- Bursting Pipes
- Laundry Room Damage
- Kitchen Damage
- Bathroom Leaks or Damage
- Pipe Leakage or Damage
- Water Heater or HVAC Unit Damage
Water Removal and Water Damage Restoration
Everyone knows that water is one of the most important elements on Earth, but we may sometimes forget just how damaging it can be. In our experience, we have seen many cases in which water has caused extreme damage to people’s homes or businesses. Some common home damages caused by water include — rotting wood, mold growth, rusting of steel in pipes and appliances, delamination of materials such as plywood, and many others. We understand how devastating many of these damages can be for you, which is why we make it our priority to guide you through every step of restoring your home or business.
When your home or business incurs water damage, you need a trustworthy professional to help you navigate the restoration process. Our team of experts at Restoration Control is available to help you at any time — even on nights and weekends. We offer 24-hour emergency services, seven days a week and 365 days out of the year. Our main concern is your satisfaction and peace of mind. We want to make the restoration process as painless as possible for you so that you can get back to your normal life.
After you contact Restoration Control, we will arrive at your property within an hour. As soon as we get there, our highly qualified personnel will take control of the situation. Rest assured, our team is there to help take care of you and your home, providing relief after a devastating event. We realize the importance of each client’s home or business, so we promise to always do our best to restore your property into something that meets all of your expectations.
We believe that it’s important to understand the reasons water damage can occur in your home or business. Here is a list of the most common causes of extreme water damage:
- Bursting Pipes (aged, improper maintenance): Bursting Pipes (aged, improper maintenance): Your pipes may burst for a variety of different reasons — including age, corrosion, water pressure, or a lack of maintenance. Tubes can burst or become cracked after long periods of use with no maintenance. Metal pipes can become galvanized and damaged by corrosion. Oxide build-up can also cause pipes to burst, as well as abnormal water flow. If the pressure increases too quickly and your pipes are unable to withstand it, they can rupture. Regular maintenance and prompt repairs can help protect the pipes in your home or business from bursting, potentially leading to serious water damage.
- Laundry Room (washing machine): Laundry Room (washing machine): The laundry room is a common place for water damage to occur. Your washing machine, according to some studies, is one of the top ten leading sources of residential water losses. The national average claim for water damage caused by washing machines is over $5,000. It is essential for you to be aware of all the possible reasons your washing machine may cause water damage in your home. Be sure you are regularly maintaining your washing machine and hiring professional help for all necessary repairs. With the ability to cycle 600 gallons of water through itself in one hour, your washing machine can cause immeasurable damage if something goes wrong.
- Kitchen: There are many appliances and fixtures within your kitchen that can create water damage if something goes wrong. Even a leaky sink can leave lasting water damage if not attended to immediately. In addition, appliances such as dishwashers, garbage disposals, and refrigerators can wreak havoc on your home. The water damage created by these appliances can seep into your walls, floors, or cabinets, causing paint to peel, wood to rot, and mold to grow. Water damage in the kitchen typically results from broken valves, cracked faucets, or ruined drain pipes. Proper maintenance can prevent issues that can lead to a catastrophe, so be sure to check that all of your appliances are functioning properly.
- Bathroom (bath tub, toilet, sink): The bathroom in your home or business is full of potential water mishaps. Water in the bathroom is a necessary thing, when it’s properly serving its purpose. However, when things begin to go wrong, water damage is almost guaranteed. Not only can water lines in your shower break causing a mess, but you toilet bowl may crack, causing serious leaks. If the damage occurs in a bathroom that is on an upper floor, the water can soak through the floors of one room, soaking into the ceiling of the floor below.
- Pipes. (obstruction causing overflows or bursting): Much like when pipes burst, overflows can pose serious issues as well. Many times, an obstruction within your pipes can lead to an overflow and eventual bursting. Your house is traversed by pipes from front to back, up and down. If an obstruction happens within any part of your pipes, you will likely have a serious flood as a result. Each day, gallons of water flow along the pipes, including both clean water and sewage. In addition to water, other materials — including hair, soap, food scraps, and more — flow through these same pipes. If these items begin to build up, they can lead to an obstruction. These obstructions can lead to bursting and in turn, serious water damage. You should frequently check and maintain your pipes to ensure there are no obstructions that could lead to bursting.
- Water Heater or HVAC Unit (heating, ventilating and air conditioning units): Water heaters and HVAC units are also common sources of water damage. If you fail to regularly maintain these units, your home may incur serious water damage. Air conditioners, in particular, need regular maintenance. If this maintenance is neglected, moisture can build up, leading to serious water damage. When the moisture within the unit begins to cool, it can interact with mold spores, leading to mold growth inside your air conditioning duct.
Certain factors determine the extent of damage caused by your HVAC unit. The first factor that has an effect is the drainage. Air conditioning systems have a drain line, through which condensed water is disposed. If this line is broken or clogged, the HVAC system may leak, leading to serious damage within your home. Another cause of water damage from an HVAC system is a clogged air filter. Everything within your HVAC system must run smoothly, and if it doesn’t, your home will likely be exposed to water damage. You also need to ensure your evaporator coil is clean. A dirty evaporator will prevent cooling and water will begin to drip. Another factor includes a cracked drain pan. A cracked drain pan will permit water to leak directly out of the pan and into your HVAC system. Low refrigerant is also a cause for concern, as it can lead to inefficient cooling, which can waste energy and cause water to drip. Lastly, condensation buildup within your ductwork can lead to serious damage. If a buildup occurs, water may leak into your ceiling. There are many factors that can contribute to the extent of damage caused by your HVAC system. Always be sure to keep up with proper maintenance and hire a professional for any repairs or installation.
Another way water can damage your home is through the roof. Your roof receives water from rain and can lead to abrupt leaks. These leaks can cause damage to every part of your home, including furniture and electrical appliances. Because the roof is out of reach for most, water damage caused by the roof can be more difficult to stop than other sources of damage. If the roof in your home or business has sprung a leak, contact a professional for assistance, as it can be dangerous.
Here at Restoration Control, we want to emphasize the importance of paying for quality repairs. In the case of water damage, contact Restoration Control. We will be there to help you restore your home or business in no time.
The way Restoration Control fight Water Damage
- To begin, you will need to contact one of our team members here at Restoration Control.
- Our team will head out to your home to conduct a professional inspection.
- We will determine what technology or equipment is necessary to complete the job.
- We will prepare the area for water extraction and drying.
- Our team will then initiate the water extraction and drying process.
- We will remove damaged or damp materials from your property.
- Our experts will then conduct a mold-growing evaluation to see if there is mold growth.
- We will then proceed to dry the entire area that incurred damage.
- After your home is dry, we will begin the dehumidification process.
- Finally, we will clean and sanitize your home.
When you first contact us, our team will answer your call and provide you with the proper instructions to complete while you are waiting for us to arrive. We care about the safety of you and your family, as well as your home. We will do everything we can to arrive promptly and provide you with peace of mind.
Second, our team will arrive at your home. We will conduct a professional inspection and evaluate all damages that have occurred. You will then be walked through each step of the restoration process. Remember that our main concern is always your safety, so we will take whatever means necessary to ensure that you and your family, as well as our team, remain safe at all times.
Open communication is critical for us to understand your needs and requirements. We want to support you, but we need you to let us know what your expectations are in order for us to guarantee satisfaction.
Third, we will begin preparing the necessary equipment. Our technician will measure the magnitude of the water damage, then depending on the damage, select equipment and techniques to get the job done quickly and effectively. We have a variety of techniques and top-of-the-line equipment to help ensure your home is restored.
Then, our team will begin preparing the damaged area for water extraction and drying. We will first clear the area — including all furniture, equipment, appliances, and electronics. Only then will we begin the extraction and drying process.
Next, we will initiate the actual water extraction process. With the equipment chosen previously, we will extract the water from your home. We will take pictures during this part of the process to keep in our records.
After extraction, we will begin the removal of damaged and dampened material. After the area is dried, our technicians will evaluate the damages again. If it is necessary to remove wood, carpets, baseboard, tiles or any other damaged item, we will do so during this portion of the process. After the removal, our team will clean and sanitize the area.
We will then conduct a mold growing evaluation. Mold grows in damp, humid areas, so when water sits in one place for an extended period of time, mold may start to grow. We will determine how much, if any, mold is currently growing in your home and make an effort to contain the mold so it does not spread to other areas.
Lastly, we will dry and dehumidify the entire area. Prior to dehumidification, we will ensure that your home is completely dry before proceeding, as setting equipment on a wet floor can lead to even more significant damage.
When everything is dry, the level of humidity in the area that was damaged must be measured. We will install the dehumidification equipment and it will be there until we are sure the level of humidity at your home is normal. Until the level returns to normal, a technician will check your humidity level every day. After the level is at a considered normal, we remove the dehumidification equipment.
Finally, we will clean up and sanitize your home. After removing the dehumidification equipment, cleaning and sanitizing procedure is done again. Keep in mind that your safety and health is always the priority for us.
When hiring trained individuals who specialize in restoration services from Restoration Control, you are guaranteed high-quality services. We work meticulously to ensure your home is restored to its original state. Our team of experts is efficient, highly skilled, responsible, honest, and competent in remediation services.
Our Advice for When Your Property Incurs Water Damage:
Primarily, if your property is at risk of flooding, you should evacuate. If you need to go into the flood area, make sure you are wearing rubber. Water damage can be harmful to you because you can be exposed to hazards caused by flooding, contaminated water, and mold growth.
Next, you should shut off all electricity before you evacuate, if possible. Be sure to unplug electrical appliances to avoid electrical shortage. Grab valuable items, such as documents or electronics that you have safe access to.
Third, you should try to move things from the path of damage, if you can do so quickly and safely. You should also try to stop water damage if you are able. You should aim to identify the origin of the water damage and make an effort to stop it to prevent further damage. For example, if the cause of the damage is a burst pipe or hot water tank leak, shut-off valves.
Lastly, you should open all doors and windows to air your home and prevent them from breaking under pressure. This will speed up the process of drying in your home after the flooding ends. Ventilating the area will also avoid humidity odors. If you have a dehumidifiers or fan, this is the time you can use them to help water evaporate faster. In addition, during a flash flood, opening doors and windows is important to avoid glass breakage when your doors and windows are faced with extreme pressure.
To Avoid Future Damage:
- Keep up with frequent maintenance in pipes and appliances. Unclog pipes, pay for professional repairs, and replace units, appliances, or pipes when necessary. You should also inspect sump pumps annually. Sump pumps must be drain at least once a year.
- Additionally, you should check water pressure regularly. If you notice a sudden increase in pressure, damaged pipes, or damages plumbing fixtures, contact a professional plumber right away.
- Ensure you are regularly maintaining your HVAC unit. Remember that damaged HVAC units can cause serious water damage inside your home.
- Maintain plumbing properly; have a plumber to inspect your toilet, water pipes and valves. Remember that water from septic tanks not only damages your items, but poses a hazard for your health.
- Never drop grease or oil down the drain; habitual disposal of oil-based liquids down the drain will lead to clogged pipes and can cause water to back up.
- Watch out for roof leaks. If you realize your roof is leaking, call a professional immediately to have it repaired before serious damage occurs.
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