If you’re dealing with anything other than a large incursion, you understandably may be considering handling the cleanup and drying yourself to save money or time. The problem is that cleaning up and recovering from water damage isn’t always as straightforward as it seems. This post highlights 3 key things you need to be aware of when addressing water damage from a minor clean water (or Category 1) incursion.
This category contains contaminants that will cause serious health issues and possibly death. Only professionals should handle most large-scale black water accidents such as flooding. Some cleanup, like a backed-up toilet, can be handled by competent homeowners. This type of cleanup and repair is usually the most expensive, often requiring specialized equipment used by qualified mold and chemical remediation crews. It will often require replacement (not just cleaning) of the affected home materials.
Water damage is often caused by plumbing issues. That’s why it’s important to inspect the plumbing systems in your home at least once a year to ensure that there aren’t any problems with hoses or pipe joints. You should also keep in mind that plumbing pipes have a long lifespan. Brass pipes can last for as many as 70 years while copper pipes can last for more than 50 years. The average lifespan for galvanized steel pipes is often between 20 and 50 years.
A critical part of any mold maintenance plan is to provide the technicians a historical summary of past issues and corrective actions so they may be aware of longstanding or unresolved issues during repairs. Unfortunately, some technicians skip this first stage until after they get a mold disassembled—and then they stop to research a problem whenever they see or feel something they don’t like.
If you have a replacement cost policy, most insurance companies pay claims with two checks. The insurance company will give you the first check after the adjuster has reviewed your damage. This check will be for the estimated cost of repairs, minus depreciation and your deductible. A deductible is the amount of the claim that you're responsible for paying yourself. Review your policy or ask your agent or adjuster if you don't know how much your deductible is.
When left to sit for long periods of time, especially if the homeowners temporarily relocate while recovering from a house fire, further structural damage can complicate matters—making it difficult to return life back to normal. Calling in a water damage repair company is an excellent preventative measure for reducing the risk of further problems and headaches.
Structure is a word I don’t care for, but it seems to be required in most everything we do. In mold design, mold building, molding parts, and, yes, in mold repair. As a kid, my dad used to “structure” any rebuilding work on 19th-century gasoline engines that my brothers and I did. Coming home one day to find his super-organized shop littered with pistons, flywheels, crankshafts, and other miscellaneous engine parts and tools, he “structured” an immediate change in our work habits. After that painful experience, we did not have the freedom to just tear into the old engines without first clearing with him our plan for the day—which meant we would always be tested as to what we thought a good rebuilding sequence should be, based on what we know about a particular engine. It took a few rebuilds to appreciate the value of a structured sequence.
Air movers help to ventilate the affected area, circulate air so that the moisture can be extracted by dehumidifiers and dry damp materials such as drywall and floors. There are a number of different types of restoration air movers and the best choice for you will depend on the planned application of the equipment. The ideal equipment should have the perfect balance of horse power and amp draw.
In December, while over at my friend's house I heard an explosion and I didn't know what it was or what happened but I guess her pipes had frozen and that turned into a huge flood in her basement. The water increased quickly and we didn't have any idea what to do or who to call and so I looked up emergency water damage and found Nashville Water Damage Flood Repair who came out very quickly and shut the water off so that the problem could be dealt with. These guys really knew their stuff as they shut the water off and begin removing all of the water that it built up in the basement. Luckily for us that there wasn't a whole lot of valuables except for a dresser in the basement that my friend wanted to keep and so most of their efforts were just about removing all of the water from the basement which they did a great job of it took a day or so but they got the job done and they did it right.
After this type of catastrophic event, it's typically best to replace certain types of equipment rather than try to recover items such as receptacles, light switches, start-stop stations, fire alarm panels, and metering equipment. Your crews must also drain all the conduits by opening up the conduit covers and letting gravity drain out all water and debris.
Laser is an acronym for “Light Amplification by the Stimulated Emission of Radiation.” This technology produces a sharply focused beam of hot light that melts a very small area of metal and can be used to join similar or dissimilar alloys. The laser welding process can be performed quickly (normally in milliseconds) and does not scar or blemish the welding surface. In fact, by adjusting the laser’s beam diameter, a smooth, near polished finish can be achieved with the laser welder. Since very little heat is generated at the weld point, users can easily weld 0.10mm away from the most complicated and intricate machined patterns, polished surfaces and removable component assemblies.
Laser welding, combined with targeted material selection and hardness matching, results in a gate repair that surpasses what can be achieved with traditional methods that match the base material and the filler. The laser welding process permits the use of a wide range of dissimilar metals, allowing selection of a filler metal that will result in optimal performance. Laser welding can be used to combine many different materials, including P-20, Beryllium Copper (BeCu), Stainless Steel, S-7, H-13, and others. One of the most common marriages of materials is Stainless Steel to BeCu, which maintains the cooling properties of BeCu while adding a better wear surface in the Stainless Steel. For example, a 410 stainless steel filler can create a fine martensitic microstructure, delivering optimal wear without compromising the mold’s ability to withstand flexing during injection.
It’s important to get rid of all moisture ASAP before it causes more damage. And for small leaks, this may not be difficult, but it’s important to be thorough. Use fans to circulate air in the affected area. For larger projects, consider renting a large-capacity dehumidifier to really dry out surrounding wood, carpet, and other materials. You don’t want any moisture left after your water damage repair.
Position the drywall section in the opening, and use a helper to hold the new drywall in place. Install fasteners through the drywall into the wall or ceiling framing. You can use drywall nails or drywall screws. Screws are better because they cause much less damage to the internal structure of the drywall sheet during installation. Install fasteners every 9 inches on the perimeter, and every 12 inches in the field. If necessary, use a piece of plywood or one-by lumber for a backing and fastening surface behind any drywall edges that don't fall over framing.
Appliance hoses. Broken hoses are among the most common causes of water damage. Regularly inspect hoses and hose fittings on washing machines, icemakers, and dishwashers for kinks, cracks, bulges, or deterioration. Replace standard rubber washing machine hoses every two to five years or more often if they are showing signs of wear. Consider using steel-reinforced hoses for longer life.
Mold: Some companies may allow you to purchase coverage for mold remediation. This varies from state to state and by insurance company. In some states like California and Texas, policy makers are pushing to have limited basic mold coverage added to the policies. However, the best way to find out if your policy provides any provision is to inquire with your representative or licensed insurance professional to find out if this could be available to you. It may be available by endorsement; every company is different.
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The electrical systems in modern cars are particularly prone to flood water damage. Engine control computers, vehicle sensors, infotainment systems, and other electronic devices – along with wiring harnesses and the many connectors that join them together – can be very difficult to salvage. Unless every part is thoroughly cleaned and dried, inside and out, problems caused by corrosion can crop up weeks or even months after the flooding.
It’s time for one of the most important steps: removing any standing water from the home. The removal process is actually much less complicated than you may think. Contractors use fancy shop vacuums and rotate them around the room, sucking up all the water that’s present in the area. The amount of time this phase takes varies depending on the type of substrate that’s being dried, the size of the room and the total amount of water that’s present.
Molds can also produce mycotoxins, which are toxic substances found either within or on the surface of spores. They can enter a person's system via ingestion, inhalation or skin contact. Aflatoxin B1 is the best-known mycotoxin. It is a potent carcinogen and inhaling it can cause lung cancer. The fungi Aspergillus parasiticus and Aspergillus flavus produce this carcinogen.
Damage from long standing water falls in this class, like river flooding or storm surges from a hurricane. It has saturated materials such as stone, brick, and hardwood. These materials have low permeance — meaning they do not soak up liquids quickly. Time is the primary factor in this category. With a higher cost of cleanup and repair, it is important to get problems diagnosed and solved as quickly as possible.
Once help arrives, the first thing a water mitigation contractor will do is inspect the home and evaluate the damage. In order to properly evaluate the damage, they have special tools and instruments they use to measure the moisture content of the home. To do this, they either poke or rest the instruments on top of surfaces like floors, baseboards and ceilings in the damaged rooms to get an accurate reading. Depending on the moisture content readings and Institution of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) dry standards for the state you live in, your contractor will assess if drying equipment is needed.