Water Damage And Steps For Restoration In Atlanta GA

Posted by on Aug 21, 2013 in Home Restoration | 0 comments

Water damage to a home can cause a huge loss of money, property and time. Whether it’s from a hurricane or a broken water pipe, a flood from heavy restoration-in-atlantarains, or sewer backup, water damage can be a major hassle.

In fact, excess water and moisture damages not just your property, but also sets up just the right environment for mold to grow. Mold and mildew eats away wood and drywall as well as creates spores that can be damaging to the lungs and immune systems of human beings. That’s why it’s so important to include drying and ventilating your Atlanta home in the restoration process after a flood.

With help from a specialized water restoration company in Atlanta, you can have professional assess the situation honestly and at your convenience to give you an estimate of what needs to be accurately restored to its original condition. You will be saving yourself both time and money, as dealing with the restoration process on your own can easily create more problems and cost you more money in the long run. That’s because a sump pump by itself costs hundreds of dollars, not to mention all the other tools you will need just to dry the place out and clean up the mess.

The first step to restoring your home after water damage is to contact your insurance company. Any contractor you have contacted to talk about what to do for restoring will ask you about your insurance and help you fill out a claim. Let the contractor help you determine just exactly what is covered, what your deductible is, and from there arrange for payment options after insurance coverage.

There are different categories of damage that can occur from water.

  • Category one damage is from fresh water due to torrential rains or a broken water pipe or line. This is the least damaging as the water has less microorganisms and bacteria developed since it has not been sitting for over a day or so. In this case, all water is removed from flooring, furniture, carpets and other items and transported to an area off-site. A special disinfectant is applied to surfaces where the water damaged occurred to prevent growth of bacteria and microbes.
  • Category two damage can be from something like a back up of a dishwasher or washing machine, or perhaps torrential rains flooded gutters and water damage restorationseeped through the bottom of doors or windows. This is called gray water damage and can hold more microorganisms and bacteria than category one damage. Extra care and attention is needed for removing the water and disinfecting the damaged area.
  • Category three damage is the worst for bacteria and microbes that can cause disease. Category three is caused by raw sewage back up or a main line back up in the basement and left sitting for more than two days. Thus, water removal is not enough. In this case, anything in contact with category three water needs to be removed and replaced. This includes drywall that needs to be cut out around all contaminated areas, carpeting and flooring removed and discarded. All these items need to be inventoried by both the homeowner and insurance.

A professional who knows about restoration in Atlanta uses specialized equipment used to detect moisture. This will help make it certain that all contaminated areas are treated. Your Atlanta restoration contractor will help you take pictures to assure there is proper inventory and proof of damage for your insurance claim.

Next comes drying water damaged areas.

After extracting the water, areas affected need to be dried out, which involves particular equipment including dehumidifiers, heaters and air movers. Professionals use these three pieces of equipment together to produce what they call the drying pie, moving air for quick drying, dehumidifying the air to prevent excess moisture from slowing down the drying process and hating the air, especially in small spaces and attics or crawl spaces, to ensure that the drying process is thorough and complete.

Then comes moisture mapping.

restoration in atlantaMost insurance companies require specialized records kept on temperature and humidity of your home, including the amount of equipment used. The total number of equipment needed depends on the footage of the area damaged.

Say you experienced enough water damage for four days of drying process. Knowing the proper number of air movers, dehumidifiers and amount of heat, will ensure that the moisture level is brought down to a level that is not only dry but also good for preventing mold growth.

Finally, restoring your Atlanta home will include rebuilding.

Sometimes the water damage company does this and other times it is done be a building contractor. You want to bring your home back to the condition it was in before the damage occurred.

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