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 Restoration companies are different in many ways, but we all specialize in water removal. Here are some of the things to expect when dealing with water damage, whether it is from a basement flooding or a roof leak. When you call us it would be helpful to know a couple of things.DSCF0007

1. What is the source of the water loss? Has the leak been fixed?

2. Is there standing water? If so, how deep?

3. Do you currently have power to your home?

4. What types of flooring have been affected and approximate square footage?

5. Have you filed an insurance claim and what is your claim number?

These questions will help determine what supplies the crew will need to perform the work needed in your home.

Emergency Water Damage Clean up

 DSCF0009When the crew arrives for the emergency services, the lead technician will walk the property to perform a detailed assessment, taking plenty of pictures along the way. Once the assessment is complete he will use his specialized water detection meters to determine what flooring and building material has been affected by water. He will then get measurements to determine the square footage of the affected area; this will help determine how much equipment will be needed to successfully dry out the structure. Not all building materials can be successfully salvaged so he will make a decision on what will have to be removed and what can be saved. At this point he has got enough accurate information to supply you with an estimate.

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There will be paperwork that needs to be reviewed and signed allowing us to start the mitigation process. If an insurance claim has been filed the technician will contact the insurance company and speak to the active adjuster on the claim. He will then ask for approval to remove the necessary building materials. Once the non-salvaged items have been removed you will be in what we call the dry out stage and the technicians will set up the necessary amount of specialized equipment. The equipment will consist of mostly air movers and dehumidifiers but may include some other types. When that task is complete the lead technician will set up the next appointment. You should be prepared to have a visit from us on a daily basis. This allows us to adjust and or remove any equipment that is no longer needed. The average water loss lasts between three and five days, this does not include the reconstruction phase.

Residential Water Damage services

 Unfortunately, water damage is a common occurrence. It intrudes our home where it is not welcome causing significant and overwhelming amounts of damage. There are thousands of homes affected yearly, costing millions of dollars in damages, most of which are unavoidable. DSC_0221Leaving parts of your home unlivable for long periods of time; the average water damage will last up to three months depending on your situation. Water damage can happen in any part of your home due to the fact that water lines run through our homes and are never seen. Most of them are in the walls, running under the floors and in the ceilings, this makes it hard to inspect them for leaks or potential problems. There are some that have easy access for inspection and should be checked on a routine basis. When dealing with water damage it is important to start the remediation process as soon as possible. If you own a water extractor you can start the extraction process right away, and setting up a dehumidifier to control humidity will avoid any secondary damages. In most cases secondary damage can be more devastating than the initial damage; for example mold and mildew are the most common. Having a team of experts there to help you through this process with specialized tools and equipment will aid in preventing these secondary damages from happening.

 DSCF0075Our homes are our biggest investment therefore we need to protect them. We have come up with a check list you can perform annually to help prevent leaks.

1. Under any sink you have supply lines that are continuously under pressure, these lines can fail. If your lines show signs of corrosion or have not been replaced in the past 10 years it is time for an upgrade.           

2. If leaving for an extended period of time, you can turn off the water to your home. This can be done at the main water shut off valve. This valve should be located at the point where the main water line enters your home. Once the line has been shut off you will need to release the pressure in the lines, this can be achieved by opening a valve in the sink.

3. Sump pump failure is one of the most common causes of water damage.  There are a few ways this can happen. One is that it can just stop working all together. To check for proper function you can check the float. This can be done by filling up a bucket of water and dumping it into the sump hole until the float is activated, this should be done on a regular basis. If your home is in an area that is prone to having power outages, it would be recommended that you have a battery back-up installed, most will last up to 4 hours.

4. Ice makers on the refrigerator are a great comfort but their supply lines can cause a lot of damage. They spring little leaks that can go unnoticed for long periods of time.  Pulling out the refrigerator and inspecting it for kinks that are caused by routine cleaning and making repairs as seen fit will eliminate future leaks.

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