I have lived in my home for nearly ten years. During those ten years, I apparently had some unwelcome tenants eating the wood in my basement. I found out that there were termites destroying my home and that I was going to have to get some serious repair work done. The damage that those tiny insects caused to my home left me bewildered. I had thought about attempting the damage repairs myself, but quickly realized that it would be work better left to the professional damage contractors. If your home has been eaten by termites, take a few moments to visit my site to find out what all really needs to be done to ensure the damage is repaired and those pests don't return.
Water damage is often difficult and time-consuming to clean up. Some hard surfaces are easy to clean and disinfect, but anything that soaks up water might need to be thrown out. Carpet, upholstered furniture, and drywall are three things that can soak up water and mold fairly fast, so a water damage restoration professional needs to decide right away if those things should be thrown out or if they can be saved. Here are some things the restoration company may try to do.
Carpet can soak up a lot of water and take a long time to dry out. Even when the surface appears dry, there could be water held under the carpet that can cause problems with mold and rot. If your carpet has been under water for a long time or if the water was contaminated, then throwing out the carpet may be the best idea. If you catch a water leak or burst pipe early, it might be possible to save the carpet.
First, the water damage restoration company has to extract water from the carpet using heavy-duty commercial water extractors. Then, the crew may lift up the carpet and take it outdoors or to a drying room to dry out completely. Removing the carpet gives the crew a chance to pull up the old carpet pad and dry the floor before bringing the carpet back inside.
The water damage restoration company may bring in commercial floor dryers to make sure hidden water under the floor and behind walls is removed before putting in new carpet or bringing in the old carpet.
Saving wet upholstered furniture can be difficult. Your water damage restoration contractor may recommend getting rid of a wet sofa or recliner rather than trying to save it. It may be too difficult to extract water from a sofa, and that could allow mold to grow inside the furniture. Plus, if the water is contaminated, it may be impossible to sanitize upholstered furniture. If you want to try to save your favorite sofa or easy chair, the furniture may need to be taken completely apart so it can dry thoroughly.
Drywall can sometimes be saved as long as it can be dried out quickly. Since drywall absorbs water, it will warp, sag, and grow mold quickly if it gets too wet. Your restoration contractor may decide it's best to remove all the drywall and get it out of the house. Then dry material can be added when the restoration gets underway.
Contact a company like Disaster Masters to learn more.