Flood restoration is the process of restoring a home or business that’s been damaged by floodwater to make it liveable again. The procedure can span everything from water removal to repairs to the property’s structure to replacing damaged materials.
Left untreated, water damage can cause severe damage to a property, as well as encourage the growth of mold and bacteria, so it’s essential to act quickly.
The flood restoration process explained
The flood restoration process will depend to some degree on the extent of the damage, the area impacted, and the property itself, but a thorough clean-up and repair approach is always recommended.
A typical flood restoration process will usually include:
Water damage assessment – it’s important to thoroughly inspect the affected areas to establish the water source, as well as understand the full extent of the damage. From here, a plan can be put together to restore the property, as well as estimate the costs involved.
Water removal – removing standing water as soon as possible is key and is the first step before any repair work can begin. A licensed and insured flood damage specialist like Powerhouse will have access to vacuums and pumps of all sizes to handle any amount of water.
Drying and dehumidifying – once standing water has been addressed, water that’s been absorbed into various surfaces in your home or business needs to be removed, too. This includes carpets, curtains, and furniture. Thoroughly drying and dehumidifying each room affected prevents further damage and mold growth.
Sanitization – aside from damage to your property, flood water carries significant health risks, too, transporting anything it comes into contact with (including rubbish, chemicals, and sewage) and transferring them to your home or business. A thorough flood restoration process, therefore, also includes a deep clean and sanitization.
Odor removal – stagnant water causes unpleasant odors. Therefore, using the most advanced water extraction techniques and equipment is crucial to thoroughly sanitize the area and thus remove the smells often associated with flooding.
Interior restoration – depending on how badly affected the property has been, once these steps have taken place, it’s time to turn attention to restoring interiors, from replacing flooring to redecorating.
Mold damage and remediation
If flood restoration is not handled in a timely manner, it can cause mold issues.
Black mold is just as damaging to your health as it is to your property, but mold services in Texas are regulated, therefore, remediation must be handled by a company that is trained and certified to perform these services.
A mold remediation specialist, such as Powerhouse, will undergo a thorough process to contain and remove mold spores, as well as use preventative measures to slow or stop its return.