Water Damage Restoration in the United States
Natural disasters can strike anywhere, anytime nationwide with very little warning. Flooding can cause ongoing damage or completely destroy whole structures and leaving communities without power for extended periods of time. In difficult times like these you need reliable and fast solutions to safely clean and restore your property. Quick remediation action can prevent mold growth.
Red Sky Rentals' HEPA 550 Air Scrubbers are portable filtration systems that remove particles, gasses, and chemicals from the air. Combined with Red Sky's High Velocity Air Movers, these units can quickly and safely remove moisture and contaminants from the air in your home.
Common Causes of Water Damage
From hurricanes to washing machines, there are many ways water damage can occur. You don't have to live in a coastal region or flood zone for water to cause a problem. Some of the most common sources of water damage include:
- Heavy rains and thunderstorms
- Severe storms such as hurricanes, tornadoes and tropical storms
- Damaged appliances such as water heaters, dishwashers, or washing machines
- Sewage backups and backed up septic tanks
- Overflowing toilets, sinks and bathtubs
- Leaking pipes, water lines and damaged plumbing
- Flooded rivers and streams
Whether caused by a leaking water line or a cresting river, it's important to address your water situation quickly to minimize damage.
Water Damage Restoration Process
Restoring your home to livable conditions can be a difficult process. After flood waters have receded, the process begins with an inspection and the removal of any remaining water. It is important to act fast to minimize damage. The longer water remains in the structure, the more likely it is to cause problems with bacteria and mold growth.
In many cases, parts of your home may need to be rebuilt. Drywall and carpets that absorb moisture often develop problems with mold and bacteria. It is safer to replace these materials than allow infectious organisms to grow and saturate the air.
Step 1: Inspection
The first step in returning your property to pre-damage condition is inspecting the home to see what materials may need to be replaced. This includes walls, floors, shelves, ductwork, drapes, and your heating and air conditioning system. It is best to have a professional assess the extent of the water damage. They can help you determine how much of your flooring, walls and ceilings need to be replaced.
Step 2: Water Removal
The water removal process should begin as soon as possible to prevent mold and bacteria growth. Vacuums and pumps can be used to remove remaining water from your home. The specific equipment needed will depend on the condition of your property.
Step 3: Drying
Once you've removed any standing water and vaccumed absorbent surfaces, like carpets, you can begin dehumidification. The dryout process can take several weeks and is an important step to remove any remaining moisture. To effectively and efficiently dry your property, it is recommended you use high velocity air movers like our Red Sky High Velocity Dry Out Fans.
Step 4: Cleaning
Air scrubbers like the Red Sky HEPA 550 Air Scrubber should be used to remove particles, moisture and contaminants from the air. You should also clean and sanitize personal belongings to prevent the growth of mold and bacteria. Carpeting, clothes, and drapes should be given special antimicrobial treatments.
Step 5: Restoration
Restoration involves replacing flooring, drywall, insulation and ceilings that sustained water damage. This may be as simple as replacing carpeting or a few sections of drywall, or more complicated, requiring replacement of entire walls.
It is important to keep in mind that exposure to asbestos and lead can be harmful to your health. During restoration, special care should be taken to avoid exposure, especially in older homes.