Homeowner’s Guide to Water Damage Restoration

By W.B. Arthur

Whether you’re experiencing water damage after a storm or a pipe has burst in your home, it can be a very scary a nerve-wracking experience. We’re breaking down what the restoration process looks like to help ease the stress of dealing with water damage.

Step 1: Inspection & Assessment

After you call a professional to your home the first thing they will do is inspect the space and the damage that was done in order to come up with an assessment and classification for the damage.

Part of this process will be assessing which items and materials can be salvaged from the destruction. Some of the most common materials that end up damaged in these situations include:

  • Electrical equipment
  • Carpets
  • Furniture
  • Printed materials
  • Sentimental belongings

Step 2: Water Removal

Once the assessment has been made, then we’ll begin the process of removing water from your home. This will include pumping and vacuuming all of the excess water. This step is first in order to prevent mold growth.

Step 3: Drying

After all of the standing water has been removed, the drying and dehumidification begin. This clears out all of the moisture that can’t be removed with a pump or vacuum.

Step 4: Cleaning

The cleaning process is essential to making sure there’s no mold growth on carpeting, drapery, and other materials. An air purifier might also be used to kill all airborne pathogens.

Step 5: Restoration

The restoration process is usually considered the most important. This step includes the replacement of drywall, insulation, carpet and in some cases, entire walls.

The number one tip that we can offer to any homeowner dealing with water damage is to act fast! The quicker you are to call a professional, the less time there is for the water damage to set in and ruin more items in your home.

For all of your water damage and restoration needs, don’t hesitate to reach out to the professionals at W.B. Arthur. Give us a call or visit our website to learn more about how we can assist you through this challenging journey.

Categories: Tips, Water Damage

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