What Is Water Damage Restoration – Michigan
The water damage restoration process includes mitigating damage, providing water damage cleanup and flood restoration services as quickly as possible after the damage first occurs. Water Restoration Companies are the first responders to a property following any major water disaster in a home or business. The main job of a Water Restoration Company is to clean up the mess, dry-out the property and prevent further damage.
Choosing The Right Water Damage Restoration Contractor Here In MI
When choosing a Michigan Water Restoration Company to clean your home, ask them if they are IICRC certified. Research the Restoration Company’s review online and go to the BBB. Read all contracts carefully, and don’t sign anything you don’t feel comfortable signing. Read your Insurance Policy so you know what your insurance policy requires you to do as the homeowner following a any Water Loss. If you have any insurance coverage questions, ask your claims adjuster for answers in writing, never take their word for it.
Response time is crucial to preventing further damage after any size Water Loss. Any delay in starting the Water Mitigation process can lead to a much more costly recovery, salvage and reconstruction.
The Water Restoration Process
The procedure involved in The Water Restoration Process are as follows: We start out with a thorough inspection of the damage to the property documenting all damages with photos. Certified technicians then take humidity readings and check all affected building materials for moisture. This information is needed to strategically set up equipment that will dry-out the structure. When the demolition and removal of all wet building materials are removed from the property, Commercial Dehumidifiers,Air Scrubbers and Air Mover are brought in and the dry-out begins. This process usually take 3 days to complete.
COMMON WATER DAMAGE RESTORATION EQUIPMENT USED
Air Movers: Air Movers or Fans are portable drying devices that move large volumes of air across wet materials in a flooded area. Air movers promote fast drying of surfaces as they pull moisture out of wet materials such as, drywall, carpeting and floors and put this moisture back into the air for the Dehumidifiers to remove it.
Dehumidifiers: Dehumidifiers are responsible for removing excess moisture from the air. These can be portable or truck mounted machines that are effective for removing the excess moisture from the air which contributes to growing mold and mildew. Dehumidifiers come in (Low Grain Refrigerant) models, as well as Desiccant Models. A LGR Dehumidifier uses refrigerant to cool metal coils (evaporator coils) to remove humidity from the air. A Desiccant Dehumidifiers use a chemical (called a Desiccant) to do so.
Air Scrubbers: Air Scrubbers are designed to remove particles and in some cases odors from the air. Typically, air scrubbers are used in Fire Damage Restoration and Mold Remediation as they remove tiny smoke particles and Mold Spores from the air. Air scrubber are however used in Water Damage Restoration projects to remove the musty smells associated with Sewage Clean-Up & Mildew presence.
The 3 CATEGORIES OF WATER DAMAGE
There are three main categories of water damage as determined by the IICRC who is a certification and standard-setting non-profit organization for the inspection, cleaning, and restoration industries. These classifications are based on the level of contamination of the water responsible for the damage.
- Category 1 Water Damage: This water usually originates from a sanitary source and is fit for human consumption. This water does not pose a threat to ingestion, inhalation or dermal exposure. Sources typically include broken water supply lines, sprinkler systems, overflowing containers with no contaminants or natural sources like rain or snow melt water. This is known as “Fresh” Water.
- Category 2 Water Damage: This is where the Water contains significant contamination and potentially can cause sickness or discomfort if humans consume or come in contact with it. This type of water contains unsafe levels of microorganisms and/or chemical or biological matter such as diluted urine, detergents, seepage from hydrostatic pressure or ruptured storage tanks. This is known as “Gray” Water.
- Category 3 Water Damage: This is where the water is “Grossly Contaminated” and contains harmful toxic agents. Raw sewage is by far the most common deadly offender to people and destructive to building materials if the sewage is not completely cleaned-up. Category 3 sources include: sanitary sewer backups, toilets overflows, water from rivers and streams, flooding seawater and all forms of ingress from natural events where contaminants like pesticides and heavy metals are carried into a building.
It is very important to note that one category of water damage can amplify into a more serious category if not cleaned-up quickly. Wet, warm and enclosed areas are perfect breeding grounds for Mold. Mold spores quickly multiply and turn a simple an easy to clean Category 1 Water Damage into a hazardous and expensive Category 3 situation in no time.
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