Water Damage Restoration should begin as soon as possible. The longer the water is allowed to remain; the cost of the water damage repair dramatically increases as well as the potential for microbial growth and resultant damages.
Water damage restoration services could be classified in following sections.
Water Damage Restoration (Damage Assessment and Inspection)
Dependent on the level of water and the response time, you may have water damages on flooring (carpet, timber, and tiles), rugs, skirting, walls, stairs, ceiling, furniture, cabinets, curtains, wood structure etc. The extent of water damage may not be visible immediately by the naked eye. Pick up any item from the water damaged area such as papers, books, photos, furniture, electrical equipment, musical instruments etc.
If your valuables have been damaged, freeze them for later recovery and make photos of water damage items. Decide whether the water damaged items such as: damaged ceiling tiles, electrical toys, soft toys, rugs, old shoes and clothes, and the carpet are worth saving and if they are not valuable and are heavily damaged, and then discard of them.
Call a water damage restoration professional to inspect the water damaged area with a moisture reader and to provide water damage restoration solutions and an itemised repair or replacement cost for water damaged properties in Sydney.
Water Damage Restoration (Emergency Water Extraction)
If you are a water damage victim which has been the result of a Electrical Water Heater, Broken Burst Pipe, Water Sprinklers, Washing Machine, it is more likely that the amount of water is excessive and water extraction is important to prevent extensive damage and to reduce the repair cost. The water removal service is most affordable and is vital for a successful outcome and we recommend it to not be ignored.
Remove the standing water from tiles and wood floor is an easy task, however you may take more time on removing water from wet carpet floors, as the water removal process must continue until up to 98% of moisture is removed to achieve successful drying result. You may hire a wet/dry vac to clean up loose water for small water leaks on carpet and hard floor coverings and to remove water from upholstery, rugs, mattresses and drapery. Mops and towel can be helpful with hard floors and small leaks.
WetCarpet24HR provides within 1 hour emergency water extraction service for $150, this emergency service includes FREE water damage inspection and water damage restoration solutions.
Water Damage Restoration (Water Damage Cleaning)
Even the cleanest water will leave stains or watermarks on almost any material such as carpet, timber, rug, upholstery, linoleum, ceramic tiles, vinyl, paint and even non-porous materials such as plastic, glass and metals. The water damage cleaning process commences immediately after water extraction and must be completed before water damage drying starts.
Cleaning water damaged porous materials such as carpet, rugs, curtains and upholstery may need specialised cleaning and a mildew, bacteria and mould treatment. In most water damages the carpet, timber or other flooring must be properly disinfected, cleaned and deodorized (removal of padding underneath the carpet may be required). The water damaged walls and skirting should also be disinfected and deodorized.
Most hard surfaces in the area with water damage can be cleaned (damp wipe) with a mixture of mild detergent, vinegar and clean water. Many of these surfaces can also be scrubbed with a small scrub brush if needed. Although this is not professionally done or optimal and not hygienic, this water damage cleaning method can miss grout lines, joints and corners with unwanted consequences however it has a positive effect on reducing or preventing stains, odours and mould.
If you are unsure on how to clean an item (artwork, book, furniture, rug, etc), or if the water damaged item is expensive or of sentimental value, you may consult a professional. You should follow laundering or cleaning instructions provided or recommended by the manufacturer.
WetCarpet24HR provides a DRY VAPOUR STEAM cleaning service, cleaning water damage with a highly concentrated hot steam to completely clean, sanitise and disinfect almost any material.
Water Damage Restoration (Water Damage Drying)
All water damaged items such as timber flooring, carpet, skirting, upholstery, timber furniture, rugs, drywall, must be dried immediately to be salvaged. Water damaged property must completely dry and all the moisture must be removed as any undetected dampness will lead firstly to unpleasant stains and odours then to mould and rust development and lastly to decay and destruction. Relocate portable water damaged items such as, rugs, curtains and furniture to a dry, covered and well lit area (sun light has a major positive effect).
After the water extraction is completed, drying out the remaining 2% of moisture in the water damaged home is completed by a evaporation process, in which you have to create an environment with low humidity, and cold air movement. This can be achieved by the combination of carpet dryers, dehumidifiers, portable fans, cold air conditioners, ceiling fans and open windows.
A quick water damage drying response is a vital step in a successful restoration with a smell and mould free result. Water damage drying prevents mould growth which takes a few days to a week to appear as mould thrives in a moist environment with an availability of food source (e.g., carpet, timber, particle boards, paper and any organic material) and a warm temperature.
Drying water damaged carpet is more challenging as padding is present underneath, ranging from small spills to large water damages, water damaged carpet must be lifted to check the padding and sub-floor material. If you wish to salvage water damaged carpet, the drying process must start immediately and no later than 48 hours.
Water Damage Restoration (Water Damage Repair)
Some water damaged materials can not be salvaged, if they are heavily saturated with water such as: carpet rugs, underlay, MDF board, Masonite and particle boards, gyp-rock wall, timber, books, ceiling tiles etc. These damaged items must be safely disposed of and replaced.
If a water damaged home owner ignores water extraction, cleaning up or drying water damaged property, they may end up with stains, odours, mould, bacteria, rust, structural decay, insects, pests and other challenges to solve. Many of these problems can be solved and the repair cost is dependent on the elapsed time since the water damage occurred.