Discovering water damage in your home can be a traumatic experience. From the initial discovery to finding a quality restoration and cleanup company, understanding the entire cleanup process can be stressful for some homeowners. If you believe you have damage in your home from water, find out what to expect from the water damage cleanup process from a professional restoration company.
Check for Water Damage
If you think your home has water damage, there are a few key areas to check. Even if there’s only a small leak or a slight musty smell, take steps immediately to ensure the problem is properly taken care of. Water damage left untreated can easily expand and affect a larger area of your home. Here are a few important areas to monitor for water damage:
Signs of water damage in any of these locations should be taken seriously. If you suspect any water damage, or if you’re sure your home has extensive damage, contact a restoration company immediately. Whether it was caused by a flood, leaking pipe, overflowing appliance, or leaking roof, make the call today.
Make the Call
After seeing the initial signs of water damage, contact a professional. United Water Restoration has locations all across the United States and Canada. You’ll speak to a friendly and knowledgeable customer service agent who will be able to schedule a prompt inspection by a trained professional. Our team is ready 24/7 to answer your call, so you can count on United Water Restoration in the event of an emergency.
Whether conducting a water or mold inspection, our professionals search every area of your home for possible damage. While many flooded areas can be easily spotted, others require specialized tools and techniques. Our technicians use the latest devices, like moisture meters to accurately assess the moisture levels in a variety of surfaces all throughout your home. This can help them understand not only the extent of flooding but also any possibility of mold.
Tools of the Trade
No water damage cleanup process would be complete without a range of professional cleaning products. United Water Restoration uses advanced tools and devices to provide the best service with the latest technology. Our arsenal of cleanup equipment includes:
- Air Movers
- Pinless moisture psychrometers
- Infrared Thermometers
- Professional cleaning agents and detergents
No mess is too big and no mold is too hidden for our professionals. Enjoy the highest quality restoration service with these specialized tools, as well as traditional construction tools and techniques for restoring your home completely.
Halt Further Damage
One of the most important steps to restoring your home is to halt further damage. Whether your home is flooded with standing water or simply has a leaking appliance, it’s critical to ensure the source is fixed before any repairs can be made. Home water damage restoration often begins with extracting the water. Whether a minor leak or a major flood, removing any existing water is done quickly and efficiently through the use of pumps and other professional equipment.
Dry Your Home
After the bulk of the water is removed, our specialists can begin to dry your home. This step can vary, depending on the extent of the damage. Our specialists use a range of dehumidifiers and professional drying machines to keep the structural elements of your home dry and safe from mold damage. The sooner these key areas can be dried, the more effectively mold can be prevented from starting or spreading. Drying is not only important for your walls and floors but is also essential for restoring the air quality of your home. Airborne bacteria, as well as musty, unpleasant smells, can often linger after water or mold in your home. Choose a company that can help you restore not only the building materials of your home but also the clean air.
Check for Mold
Mold and water damage are often seen together in houses that have experienced large amounts of water over a period of time. There are many harmful effects of mold in your home, and dozens of places mold growth can hide unseen in your home. A key part of any inspection and restoration process by United Water Restoration is checking for mold. If your home also has mold damage, we can easily include mold cleanup to your comprehensive restoration process. Mold cleanup uses many of the same steps as water cleanup, including:
- Assessing the damage
- Containing the spread of mold
- Filtering the area
- Removing harmful mold
- Drying your home
- Repairing damaged materials
- Testing for any lingering mold growth
Remove, Repair, Replace
Many interior building materials aren’t designed to withstand exposure to water. After the water and mold are cleaned out of your home, we’ll restore your home completely. Depending on the surface and material, this step works a number of different ways. First, any material that is damaged beyond repair is removed from your home. Many surfaces, such as drywall, carpet, and even some wood flooring will quickly deteriorate and grow mold once exposed to standing water or a small leak over a long period. Some areas, like the layers behind the tile, will need to be removed even if the surface doesn’t appear wet or damaged.
Once all the damaged materials are removed, your home can be repaired. Some surfaces simply need to be cleaned with our powerful cleaning detergents. Tile, cement, and some wood surfaces can harbor bacteria and mold but will be safely cleaned without being replaced. Other materials, like drywall, will need to be completely removed and replaced. Replacing drywall can be done by a homeowner. However, a professional will be able to complete the project quickly, effectively, and ensure that there are no hidden pockets of mold behind the drywall.
From ceilings to carpets, there are many areas of your home that require special attention in order to replace effectively. Some carpet water issues can be cleaned efficiently with our range of professional cleaners. If your carpets need to be replaced, particularly if the water damage is from black water or other unsanitary conditions, our trained specialists can also replace your carpet. Ceilings are treated the same way as drywall walls. However, care must be taken to ensure ceilings are removed and replaced without further damaging other areas of your home. Let the trained professionals at United Water Restoration help you target the areas that need to be replaced without causing additional damage throughout your home.
Monitor Your Home
Once the job is done, our specialists will ensure it’s done right. Whether you have any follow-up questions or additional concerns, you’ll still have access to our team of experts as you move back into your home or room that was damaged. This personalized care is available to homes all across the United States. Find out if there’s a United Water Restoration location near you.
Get Started Today
United Water Restoration is the ultimate water and mold response team. From major emergencies to minor leaks, contact us today to start the cleanup process in your home. You’ll be able to receive comprehensive and personalized care. Whether your home is damaged due to a flood, fire, storm or plumbing issue, we’ve got you covered. Don’t wait until a small water problem becomes a major one. Get in touch with our response team today.