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Water Damage Restoration Process: An Overview

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If your home has suffered severe water damage, you are probably preparing to work with a water damage restoration company to address the damage and repair your home. If so, especially for those who have never dealt with water damage restoration, you may not know what to expect from the entire process. Here's a look at what you should know about what's ahead as you embark on the process of addressing your home's water damage.

You Shouldn't Go Inside

Your water damage restoration contractor will tell you that you should avoid going into your home until the water has been removed and the home has been declared safe. Otherwise, you risk issues with electrical shock, contaminated water, and other hazards. 

Talk with your restoration contractor about the threats you have to be attentive to with your home's specific situation so that you can avoid those hazards and help protect your family and your home.

Water removal will be the very first step of the restoration process, so you shouldn't have to stay out of the house for long. That way, you can assess the rest of the home and the structural condition.

You'll Need To Conduct A Structural Assessment

Once all of the water is removed from the house, the next step is to evaluate the structural condition of the house. You won't be able to really evaluate the structural damage until the water is out of the way and you have clear visibility of the walls and the structural components of the house.

Your contractor will inspect the condition of the drywall, the support beams, and the flooring. Any of these vital structural components that are damaged will either be repaired or replaced, depending on the extent of the damage.

You Should Dry It Out Quickly

Pumping out any standing water is important, but that doesn't solve all of the water problems. Water seeps into drywall, carpeting, flooring, and support beams in your home. Your restoration contractor will be better equipped to do this quickly because they will have industrial fans and dehumidifiers to draw all of the moisture out of your home. The sooner you get everything dried out, the less risk you'll have of mold and other hazards.

You Need To Treat For Mold

When everything is dried out and the repairs and reconstruction can begin, another important part of this process is mold treatment. Your restoration contractor will have mold inhibitors, disinfectants, and other similar products that will help protect your family from any mold growth as a result of the water damage.

Talk with a local water damage restoration company today to get started on your repairs right away.