Water Damage Services
Did you know that water damage is one of the most common problems American homeowners face per day? According to real estate website, Ruby Homes, more than 10,000 people per day.
Therefore, there is no doubt that water damage can affect any home or business. That is especially the case if your property is located in a geographical area susceptible to floods, which may be problematic for your basement. According CBS’ latest reports, that now encompasses more than 15 million people across America.
Moreover, you want to get it fixed cleaned right away. Fortunately, you have come to the right contractors to return your property to pre-damaged conditions ASAP. Water is used to put out fires.
That is why we at The Fire Restoration Team (TFRT) are well-trained to help you every step of the way throughout mitigation & restoration.
Why TFRT is the Best Water Damage Company
The Fire Restoration Team contractors work to arrive and resolve as much of the damage on the day you call. Although our company focuses on fire damage, water damage mostly comes hand-in-hand with such disasters.
Our company’s specialists have expertise in all types of jobs in the restoration niche. As soon as you contact us, our crew of professionals arrives within the hour to ensure we mitigate the damages incurred from floods or any water-related cause. Then, we restore any completely destroyed property. Our team of trained technicians has the accolades, dedication, and portfolio of past combined experiences spanning decades that can handle any job.
Contact us as we are not only the top fire restoration pros, but we also handle water damage efficiently. However, if you want more information about the restoration process, we are happy to provide a professional perspective through some FAQs.
What is Water Damage Mitigation?
Water mitigation involves a two part process: removal and drying. Since water is used to extinguish fires, water damage and flooding is inevitable. In fact, most challenges associated with water come can be traced to a fire restoration job. This includes metallic surfaces rusting, microbial growth, and the deterioration of structural components such as girders. On top of this, keep in mind that smoke odor originating from water can penetrate into porous material (ie holes or crevices that develop in surfaces that can cause liquids to penetrate the object as a whole.
On scenes where water has been used to extinguish the fire, the water will migrate through structure and wet building materials. During this process, water becomes contaminated with innumerable materials.
Excess standing water should be extracted thoroughly. Some buildings are so full of water that special pumps are required to remove standing water. Where possible, what services should be treated with a broad spectrum, government hyphen registered disinfected to control the growth of microorganisms. All personnel should follow label directions when using EPA (i.e., U.S. Energy Department Agency) registered products. Dehumidification is set up within the water damage areas depending on power availability and type of drying equipment available supplemental electrical power source may be necessary.
Water Damage Mitigation vs. Restoration
Let’s be clear that BOTH MITIGATION & RESTORATION ARE NOT EXCLUSIVE TO ONE ANOTHER. ONE TYPICALLY PROCEEDS THE OTHER. THIS IS THE SAME IN FIRE AND MOLD DAMAGE.
Nevertheless, people often confuse one with the other. Mitigation is a necessary first step to stabilize the damage the property has already experienced. This may involve removing dispersed material like wooden planks or doors that may otherwise pose a hazard if left alone.
On the other hand, restoration would involve completely repairing the home after a complete mitigation service. For example, removing structurally unsound wooden pillars would be necessary after water exposure. To do so, though, we have the required procedures to reconstruct such components in order to keep your property intact throughout the process.
Most Common Causes of Water Damage
These factors mentioned below, and many others most commonly cause water damage:
- Pipe Leaks
- Flash Floods
- Appliances such as Refrigerators (thanks in part to a blocked defrost drain)
- Toilet Clogs
- AC Soaking
- Sump Pump Malfunction,
- Burst Pipes from Extreme Temperatures
- Pressurized Washing Machines
- Jammed Garbage Disposal
- Clogged Drain Pipes
These three images are just some of the photographs we have of our air movers in action during a water damage restoration job in a duplex in April of 2022.
Here is How We Restore Your Property With Four Principles
- Take all prudent & reasonable steps necessary to protect, preserve, & secure everything in your home or commercial property from further damage through proper mitigation procedures.
- Utilize the industry’s most sophisticated techniques and equipment, including immersible pumps or specially designed, heavy-duty (truck-mounted) wet pick-up vacuuming equipment.
- Remove water through extraction first, as removing it is 500 times faster than evaporation. This will be implemented in our clean-up when we have less water buildup.
- Drain excess water by mopping or soaking up moisture from surfaces, tiles, etc., especially if the water source is overhead.
- This includes standing water, often the breeding ground for pests like mosquitoes in the summertime.
- Once moisture is removed, technicians change water from a liquid to a vapor by increasing the rate of evaporation in order to speed up drying.
- Air moving equipment is used during this process.
- Once moisture is evaporated from structural materials & contents into the air, it is removed through dehumidification if substantial secondary damage, along with significant hazard is to be avoided.
- Since warmer air can contain more humidity than cooler air, it is vital that evaporation & dehumidification capabilities are greatly increased by controlling the temperature in a confined environment,
- Thus temperature modification and control become an important basic principle for restorative drying.
Can I Do It Myself or Do I Need Contractors?
It may sound cliche & biased, but hear us out, as we have seen people attempt to do the work themselves. In the end, they ended up spending 3x more amount of money than they would have spent on a restoration team. When in doubt, leave this to the professionals.
Hazards such as exposure to black water, electrical shorts, shards of glass, and toxic odors are just a few of the problems you may encounter & possibly get seriously injured if you attempt to perform the clean up.
How Bad Can Water Damage Be?
When left untreated, all sorts of health consequences can develop. Firstly, like fire damage, immediate respiratory conditions and allergies can develop, such as shortness of breath due to excessive levels of moisture present in the area. Therefore, this can later develop into poor air quality, leading occupants to develop possible chronic illnesses.
Secondly, property damage can go beyond irreparable when no restoration is implemented on a damaged/flooded property. Such actions can deteriorate structural material. Mold can start to grow uncontrollably. Your property can eventually be a breeding ground for other varmin like mosquitoes where diseases can spread.
Sometimes, you may not have a choice regarding having your property repaired. Floods, thunderstorms, and hurricanes can last a while. Hail can keep damaging facades and roofs for days on end at times. Therefore, you may not have anyone to arrive immediately after calling for help. Fortunately, our company has the vehicles and tech to respond ASAP, even if there is a slight delay.
Therefore, avoid these problems from happening by making sure you contact The Fire Restoration Team.
Can This Type of Damage Be Hard to Detect at Times?
Some clues can reveal a subtle case of water damage. We at TFRT are trained to detect these signs. However, you too can find out if your property needs restoration by searching for black mold, sniffing out pungent smells such as mildew, & noticing water spots on ceilings or on surfaces where pipes are running across inside.
Contractors & competitors of ours are constantly selling services that they often can’t deliver, especially when people like yourselves have faced disasters like floods.
You need a certified team of experts like us that puts you at the forefront of our attention & efforts. Therefore, we will house you in separate accommodations that make you feel at home.
Our unique selling proposition is that we are a large firm that works like a small firm in the sense that we have all the tech & talent to get you back on your feet with your home or business while giving you the full attention you deserve when natural situations floods or t-storms have damaged your property or when less severe but just as nightmarish scenarios like is the case with the gallons of water your property may have after a fire.