Water damage can cause serious problems throughout your entire home. The excess moisture can cause mold and mildew to grow. This fungus growth can contribute to health problems, including allergies, skin infections and diseases. It can even weaken and compromise the structure of a building. Water damage can warp wooden floors and ruin ceilings, while also causing problems with metal and cement materials.
While there are various levels of water damage, all require special kinds of treatment to ensure that your home or business is restored to a safe, healthy state.
Water damage restoration must be conducted with care, using specific procedures and safeguards. A restoration company will bring in heavy-duty equipment that can mitigate the effects of excess water and dry things out thoroughly. This process may also involve removing damaged parts of the structure. Because some damage is hidden, rely on professionals to get the job done right.
After the initial assessment, Restoration 1 will use the following steps to repair and control the water damage:
Step 1: Dry out the affected areas with large fans, wet vacuums, and pumps. All moist surfaces and carpets will be targeted.
Step 2: Pull up the carpet and padding that cannot be saved. While the team members at Restoration 1 do their best to salvage what they can, some parts of your home may need to be removed.
Step 3: Restore personal belongings. Restoration 1 will work to put all of your books, art, furniture, and other items back in their original places.
Step 4: Clean and dehumidify. To prevent the growth of mold, we will professionally sanitize and dry everything in the home or business.
Throughout each step of the process, at Restoration 1 we make protecting your home and keeping your family safe our number one priority.
Prices can vary depending on the severity of the damage and the amount of work involved in the restoration process.
Floods and water damage can be caused by a variety of problems. Some of the most common include:
Absolutely – and more often than not, you won’t notice that water damage is occurring until the need for repairs has become very obvious! Signs of hidden water damage can be as subtle as an unpleasant odor, or slight staining on the walls and ceilings. You may also notice peeling paint, warped floors, or mold growth in the nooks and crannies of your home or business.
At the first signs of water damage, you should attempt to air out the property as much as possible. Turn on fans, open windows, and blast the AC if you have to. Hang up your rugs and cushions in a safe, dry location, then collect loose items that are at risk. Mop up as much standing water as you can, and try to keep the moisture from spreading.
As soon as you’ve made the situation somewhat stable, call in an experienced restoration service like Restoration 1. Our highly-trained technicians will bring advanced, heavy-duty equipment to start on your professional water damage treatment right away!
First things first: Research companies that are certified, licensed, and insured. It’s also smart to go with a company that can respond immediately to your water damage emergency – one that can also offer a 100-percent satisfaction guarantee! Call Restoration 1 so that our trained professionals can give you the prompt, effective service you need.
First, you should review your insurance policy to see if it covers water damage at all. For example, some policies may cover floods but not mold remediation, while others only handle sewer or drain backups. Find out what your policy covers specifically, so that you understand the terms before speaking with an agent. Because Restoration 1 has experience with all insurance companies, our team can help you navigate the sometimes complex claims process.
Second, make a detailed list of what has been damaged. You should write everything down, from the flooring to the bookshelf that wasn’t salvageable, and so on. You should also keep your receipts and other forms of evidence (including photos) that support your damage claims.
Finally, when you file the claim, it will probably take your company a few days to get back to you. In the meantime, do not begin any permanent repairs to your home. You’ll want to wait for permission to do so before spending money on the restoration process.
Although the best way to remove standing water is to call in a professional service like Restoration 1 to use heavy-duty equipment, you can attempt to remove some of the water on your own. Use buckets or a water pump to drain the area, then mop up the excess water on the floor.
Mildew is a gray color and can be cleaned with household products. Mold is more serious and is green or black in color. A professional is needed to remove the mold correctly and prevent it from returning.
Unlike mildew, mold has a raised surface and is not flat. It is prone to spreading quickly in buildings.
The cost of mold remediation varies depending on the severity of it and how early it’s discovered. The location of the mold and the repairs needed to remove it also influence the cost.
Mold can begin growing after 24 hours and will continue to spread in the following weeks.
We recommend hiring a mold remediation expert who can confirm if mold is present. It can be difficult to know where it has spread without the help of a professional.
Removing mold can take several hours to a few weeks.
The process of mold remediation includes removing the mold and cleaning or sanitizing the area where it was present. Additional treatments may be needed to completely remove it.
Using special equipment and ripping out floors or walls is necessary to confirm the presence of mold. Moisture is a sign that mold may be in certain areas of the building.
Mold is known to cause congestion, sore throat, coughing, skin or eye irritation, and disease.
Contact us at 612-268-1961 for your restoration needs in the Greater Minneapolis area. Our team is fully trained and certified and can respond to your call 24/7.