What is water damage restoration, exactly? Water damage restoration is rebuilding an area (a house, business, etc) to its pre-loss state. Basically, it’s working to get your home, business, and life back in order after you’ve suffered a water damage loss. Water damage restoration usually begins with inspecting the property and determining the extent of any foundation, wood frame, or wall damage.
Water damage can come from several sources. Plumbing failures are the most likely culprit, but storms and rising flood waters are also common as well. Wood and sheet-rock are most susceptible materials to water damage. Wood may take time to weaken and rot from water exposure, but warping and swelling can occur quickly (within hours of exposure). Sheet-rock will also deteriorate quickly, as water dissolves the board and paper wrapping and can result in stains, weakness and falling away from fastenings to joists and framing. All of these factors can lead to a more expensive restoration process, so time is of the essence.
The damage to personal property is another aspect of water damage, and one of the most emotional of all losses. Carpets, furniture, clothes and appliances are all commonly affected. Wood furniture immersed or even exposed to dripping water can swell, rot and lead to mildew growth. Depending on the quality of the furniture and the desire to restore the piece, the owner will have to make the decision to either have the furniture restored, or simply replaced. The same decision must also be made concerning carpets and rugs. The extent of the damage and the length of time the flooring fabric is wet, factors into the choice between cleaning the carpets and replacing them. One factor to keep in mind, however, is carpets and rugs thoroughly immersed in water, and then cleaned and dried can still have serious damage to any cotton or wool fibers. Cleaning may save money initially, but due to foot traffic and routine wear and tear, replacing carpet is likely the most efficient choice.