Water Damage Restoration:
Here at FirstLine, water damage restoration usually starts with a loss assessment and evaluation of damaged areas. Secondly, an inspection of the damaged area using water sensing equipment is done. Water sensing equipment includes moisture meters and infrared tools. These tools help us find where the moisture is coming from and how far it has spread. Consequently, if moisture is found, water damage restoration services would be the next step. Restoration service include sanitizing and deodorizing any affected, cross-contaminated area and materials. Next, once the labor is finished, special equipment will be placed inside the property. Subsequently, the equipment needs to run for period of time. The specialized equipment consists of; air movers, air scrubbers, dehumidifiers, wood floor drying systems, and sub-floor drying equipment. The industry standard recommends that restoration contractors return regularly to monitor the equipment. Preferably every twenty-four hours. During this time, temperature, humidity, and moisture readings should be taken around the affected areas. Finally, once the affected areas are free of moisture, the equipment will be removed.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, 13.7% of all water usage in a U.S. home is believed to be caused by a plumbing leak. That’s about 10,000 gallons of water, wasted annually due to a leak. That’s a lot of water! Water damage is caused by many different things. Some sources of water damage include; broken dishwasher or washing machine, leaking refrigerator, and a clogged toilet, to name a few. Broken or leaking pipes and flood water could also cause water damage.