Griffin Contracting And Restoration Services: Water Damage
Water doesn't seem like it would compare to fire or wind damage, but it actually can be much more insidious. The longer water damage goes untreated, the more problems arise; rot, mold and decay can destroy a home in ways the homeowner is completely unaware of until it occurs. Whenever damage occurs, whether from a flood, burst pipe or other reason, professional damage restoration should be sought out immediately.
The first step of the restoration will be an inspection. Perform a check of the home before the inspector arrives to help guide them to the areas where the damage is most obvious; keep an eye out for stains on the walls, floor and ceiling as well as any puddles or other indicators of severe damage. Ensure that the electricity to that part of the home is deactivated to prevent the risk of electric shock.
The inspector will examine the area thoroughly and determine the full amount of work that is required to restore the home. This may involve tearing out carpet (although in many cases, carpet can be dried out using cutting edge technology) and replacing ruined drywall. If the damage is severe enough, a complete remodel may be necessary, particularly if the foundation has been damaged.
While the restoration is taking place, deodorizers will be placed in the home to prevent the smell of mildew from permeating everything. If the homeowner still lives in the home at the time, the damaged area will be sealed off if possible to provide contractors with a working area and to prevent putting the family in harm's way.
The first step of a restoration is drying out the affected area. This usually takes no more than three or four days; however, the second step involves repairing the actual damage, and this can take as many as several weeks to complete. The length depends on the severity of the damage.
Throughout the entire process, the contractor will communicate with the homeowner to keep them updated and inform them of any potential problems that may arise. The contractor will also keep the homeowner appraised as to whatever costs may arise during the process.