School is back in session—but this doesn’t meet that kids are the only ones who can learn something new! ServiceMaster specializes in Disaster Restoration and one of the most common types of disasters we face is water losses.
We’re going to give you some of the basic information about what water damage and we do to restore your home. This way, if it ever happens in your home—you’ll know what to expect!
Water Damage: describes a large number of possible losses caused by water intruding where it will enable attack of a material or system by destructive processes such as rotting of wood, growth, rusting of steel, de-laminating of materials such as plywood, and many others.
Categories of Water Damage
Category 1 is water that does not pose major threats to humans. This is the water that originates in your own water lines, overflow of sinks, tubs or appliances that have caused water lines to break.
Category 3 is very unsanitary water. It contains harmful fungi and bacteria. This is the water that originates from sewage, river and stream water, ground water, standing water and seawater.
What to do if you have water damage:
- Act Fast!
- Call your Insurance Company: see if you have water damage coverage and get input on if you should file a claim
- Call a professional like ServiceMaster by ARTec to restore the damage. Calling a professional ensures that the damage will be cleaned up with the best equipment and that your home will not be at greater risks for future problems such as mold growth
The restoration process:
- Technicians will identify the source of the problem & perform and water extraction if need be
- They will then complete an evaluation of your flooring, walls, ceilings and belongs to determine the extent of the damage and their plan for restoration
- Antimicrobials and odor control products will be applied to affected areas to keep dormant microbial and odors from activating while carpet is drying.
- High velocity air movers and dehumidifiers will be strategically placed to provide maximum air flow and evaporation.
Advanced Lesson: Why are air movers and dehumidifiers used?
When water damage has occurred, water can be absorbed into drywall, baseboards, subflooring ect. Drying these surfaces requires high-velocity air movers to accelerate the release of absorbed water into the air. Dehumidifies are necessary for removing access moisture to help protect property and create conditions for efficient drying.
- Technicians will then discuss and set up times to come back to your home to take moisture readings and check on equipment. Every loss has a unique drying time depending on the situation and will need to be monitored to confirm proper drying is occurring.
- After everything has properly dried, structural repairs will be completed and if contents or flooring that had been removed will be reinstalled and cleaned.
- Check your homeowners insurance policy to make sure you are covered for water damage
- Be prepared for if a water damage does happen to you
- Have ServiceMaster by ARTec on your speed dial if a disaster dose occurs. We’re available 24/7/365