Floods can cause serious damage to your home or business. Thankfully, it’s possible to restore your property after flooding.
A restoration specialist will assess the damage and determine what can be restored and what needs to be discarded. They will also advise you on what steps to take next.
The first step of flood restoration is water mitigation. This involves removing the water and sanitizing the affected areas.
- Removing Water and Debris
The first step in fire and flood restoration is to get rid of the water and debris that has accumulated. This involves pumping out the water with pumps and wet vacuums, and removing any objects that are beyond repair, such as furniture, walls and floors.
During this phase, fire restorers will also clean all surfaces that were exposed to smoke and soot. This is one of the most labor-intensive parts of the process. Soot stains easily, and it can cause permanent damage to the surface it touches.
After the water has been removed, the team will use special heaters and fans to facilitate drying. They will also remove any items that have absorbed water, such as carpeting, curtains, rugs and clothes. These items are usually discarded for health reasons.
Drainage is the route water takes from where it falls as rain or snow to where it ultimately flows to rivers, lakes and oceans. It includes sewers, channels, canals, ditches and natural contours like hills or slopes.
Soot has corrosive properties that can damage walls, ceilings and insulation as well as furniture, carpets, clothing, mattresses and more. It also soaks up moisture, which can lead to mold and fungus growth.
Fire and flood restoration contractors can help you determine what items, if any, can be salvaged by cleaning off soot, ash and smoke marks and deodorizing them. They can also test for mold and fungus, which may require further repair or removal services. Unresolved fire and water damage can decrease property value, so it’s important to seek professional repair services as soon as possible.
- Cleaning and Sanitation
Flames, smoke and the water used to put out fires damage property. Water and smoke can also ruin personal belongings, such as electronics, furniture and clothing. Restoration experts try to save and restore as much of the damaged items as possible. If they can’t save something, it may be necessary to replace it.
During the cleaning phase, technicians vacuum surfaces to remove soot and smoke stains. They also apply deodorizers to remove lingering smoke odors.
If the fire was minor, only some areas of the home or business were affected and little to no repainting will be needed. More extensive damage will require more thorough cleaning and disinfecting. This process can take days or weeks depending on the size of the home or building and the extent of fire damage.
- Repairing or Repainting
Fire restoration professionals repair or repaint the areas that have been soiled by smoke, soot, and water used in firefighting efforts. They also inspect the property to note any areas that need repairs or may be irreparable.
After determining what can be saved, the fire restoration experts clean the items and surfaces in the property using specialized equipment to remove soot and its corrosive byproducts as well as to remove smoke odors. They will also disinfect all surfaces and objects to ensure they are free of bacteria, mildew, and mold.
This includes addressing any issues with drywall that has been saturated by water. The fire and water damage recovery team will determine what parts, if any, of the drywall can be saved and how much needs to be removed and replaced.
Fires and floods destroy businesses, leaving a trail of wreckage and loss. But with a little hard work, you can recover from both types of disasters.
The restoration process can include document recovery services like flash-drying, freeze-drying and sanitizing. This can help you save papers and books that would otherwise be ruined.
A restoration professional can assess the extent of fire damage and determine what can be saved. They can also inspect load-bearing walls, beams and columns for structural damage and connect you with licensed electricians and plumbers to address them. They can even provide you with an estimate for repairs before they begin. This helps you budget the cost of restoration.