Water damage restoration and assessment at a home in Gilbert AZ.

What to Expect from Water Damage Assessment

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Are you aware that a small leak in your home or business can lead to serious water damage if left unattended? Water damage is one of the most common and costly issues faced by property owners, and it can happen unexpectedly. 

The good news is that with a professional water damage assessment, you may not have lost as much as you originally thought. With these assessments, you can minimize the damage and restore your property to its pre-damage condition. 

In this article, we’ll dive into what you can expect from a water damage assessment and how a professional restoration company like Emergency Flood Team, available 24/7 year-round, can help you get back to normal.

Initial Contact

The first step in the water damage restoration process is to contact a professional restoration company that’s open and available 24/7. 

Our specialist will arrive and be your go-to team member during the entire restoration process. 

Having a team member arrive in person is especially important. It’s important because it can make putting an estimate for cost and level of repair for damages caused much easier and much more accurate. 

Our Team Will Assess for Hazards and Damages

Once our team arrives, they will immediately conduct a thorough inspection of your property to identify any potential hazards and damages caused by the water. This is a critical step in the restoration process because it allows us to create a plan of action that addresses all the issues at hand. 

During the inspection, we will use specialized tools and equipment to identify the extent of the water damage and what can be restored and what may be salvaged. We will also check for waterlogged areas, humidity in the walls, ceilings, and floors, and check for excess dampness. 

The safety of our clients is our top priority, which is why we assess the property for potential hazards that may pose a threat, no matter how small, to the occupants or our team members. For example, these hazards can include identifying electrical hazards, contaminated water, and sharp objects. 

Once we’ve completed the assessment, we will create a detailed plan that outlines the steps we need to take. Our team will walk you through the plan, explain any necessary repairs and answer any questions you may have. 

We strive to be as transparent and upfront as possible about the restoration process so that you always know what to expect. 

Begin the Water Removal Process

After completing the assessment and inspection, our team will begin the water removal process. We use powerful equipment like commercial and industrial-grade pumps, ventilators and fans. 

This helps us to remove every ounce of moisture that has the potential to create larger problems, like mold infestations, down the road. To treat construction materials like drywalls, beams, and floors, we may employ desiccant humidification or refrigerants. 

It is an ongoing procedure, but only because of how long it takes for construction materials to dry completely and be dehumidified. In order to monitor the process, our team of specialists will come back to check on the process. 

Additionally, we employ sophisticated equipment to detect any remaining moisture within the walls. And to achieve complete dehumidification, we concentrate our drying tools and air movers along any affected areas. 

Clean, Sanitize and Deodorize

Water damage can oftentimes affect your personal belongings, like furniture and appliances. And if the proper steps aren’t taken, the affected areas can create a rich environment for mold and bacteria growth, causing potential health hazards for you and your loved ones or employees. 

Mold can cause serious health problems such as respiratory issues, allergies, and asthma. These hazards can be particularly harmful to people with weakened immune systems, the elderly, and young children.

In order to prevent these hazards, our team uses specialized equipment and techniques to clean, sanitize, and deodorize all impacted areas. We use antimicrobial treatments to kill any bacteria or mold that may have already started to grow and industrial-grade dehumidifiers and air scrubbers to remove any lingering moisture and odors. 

We take great care in handling your personal belongings and will work to restore them to their pre-damage condition as much as possible. 

We understand the sentimental value of many items, and our goal is to restore as much as possible to minimize the impact of the water damage on your life.

Dry What’s Remaining and Monitor the Condition

Our team will continue to monitor the drying process until all items are returned to normal levels. This step is one of the most important in the restoration process. 

This is because it ensures that all affected areas are completely dry and won’t cause further damage. It also prevents the affected areas from turning into a breeding ground for bacteria and mold. 

Fortunately, we pull in commercial and industrial fans to get the job done! These fans handle the entire drying process to ensure complete dryness by pulling in dry air and removing any remaining moisture. 

We go the extra step by confirming the dryness by using specialized equipment. It’s this equipment that gives us highly detailed and in-depth readings. 

Some types of equipment include moisture meters, thermal imaging cameras, and more. It helps to detect any remaining moisture that we may have missed during the initial assessment. 

It’s important to monitor the drying process carefully because any remaining moisture can cause significant damage to your property in the long run. It can also create potential hazards by creating a thriving breeding ground for millions of bacteria and mold

To ensure your safety, our team will continue to monitor the condition until we’re confident that all areas are dry and safe to return to.

Begin the Reparation Process

While reparations are usually required, some may be necessary following severe water damage. We will work with you to find the contractors you need to manage the reparation and restoration process. 

Water damage is almost always a difficult and stressful experience. However, with the right professional water restoration company, the process can be made much easier. 

Contact Emergency Flood Team today if you need a water damage assessment.