When you experience a flood at your house or business due to rain or broken pipe or other cause, the water can wreak havoc on the structure of the building, your personal belongings are in jeopardy, the health of the inside environment can become very ill. Excessive water in your home or business will contain many contaminants and this water needs to be extracted as quickly as possible. Valuable items can get ruined, even with just an inch of water, for example: carpet, carpet padding. drywall, baseboard, furniture, rugs and anything that becomes soaked for any period of time due to the flood can be permanently damaged.
After a flood, cleaning up is a long, careful and hard process.
First things first: The water must be extracted as soon as possible; this is where we can help. We can bill your insurance directly if you elect to make a claim and you have a claim number. You should call your insurance agent. If your insurance covers the damage, your agent will tell you when an adjuster will contact you. Make a detailed list of all the damage and take photos or video as repairs are made and as you clean. You’ll need complete records for insurance claims, applications for disaster assistance and income tax deductions.
Ceilings and walls- you don’t know the full extent of the damage inside your walls until drywall is removed.
Drywall acts like a sponge when wet. Remove drywall, baseboard and paneling to at least flood level. If soaked by contaminated floodwater, drywall, insulation, carpet, carpet padding or any other items can be a health hazard and should be removed. If the drywall was soaked, then it should be removed by a professional and that professional should begin the drying process in accordance with proper standards.
Carpet and carpet padding might not be salvageable due to flood. In virtually every flood the carpet padding must be discarded, unless the water spill is small and very clean.
This is how our service can help you! We can efficiently perform a water removal with our truck mounted or portable water extraction machines at affordable rates and we can work with your budget.
Clean and dry carpet and rugs as quickly as possible. If sewage-contaminated floodwater covered your carpeting, discard it for health/safety reasons. Also discard if the carpet was under water for 24 hours or more. Dry the carpet and floor thoroughly before replacing the carpet. Padding is nearly impossible to clean so should be replaced. If the carpet can’t be removed, dry it as quickly as possible using a wet/dry vacuum and dehumidifier. Use a fan to circulate air above the carpet, and if possible, lift the carpet and ventilate with fans underneath.
- Disinfection products stop the growth of bacteria, fungi, mildew, and other harmful micro-organisms.
- Deodorization products control odors caused by excessive moisture.
Mitigation of damages in the event of flood, leak or other water intrusion.
First thing to consider is health and safety. Do not touch contaminated black water without proper protective gear. Black water is considered water coming from the sewer system. Do not enter ponding water or pools of water due to risk of electric shock.
The source of flooding should be dealt with appropriately if the source continues to cause water intrusion. In some cases, a call to a plumber will be necessary to turn water off at the street. in other cases, the water intrusion has stopped and it is imperative to extract the water immediately.
All personal property and furniture should be removed from the wet areas to prevent further damage. In situations of sufficient water intrusion the carpet should be rolled back, carpet padding should be removed and discarded. We are able to save the carpet in some situations. Most often it is necessary to remove drywall, baseboard, insulation, and to professionally dry out the interior of the framing system. Special equipment can be used to determine extent of wetness inside of the walls without having to dismantle the framing system.