Despite what you might think, a flooded home can be saved rather than razed to the ground, but removing the moisture quickly is key. "The biggest thing is getting in there and getting it cleaned up quickly," says Robyn Kent, claims administrator at Dalworth Restoration, based in Euless, TX. "Closer to the three- to five-day mark is when it becomes questionable, since by then, all the materials have become fragile."
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.
When it comes to a flood or water damage emergency in your home, every minute counts. If floodwater inside your home is not dealt with quickly, your walls, as well as your carpet, flooring, ceiling and personal property can quickly become waterlogged and damaged beyond repair. Flooded zones can quickly become unsafe for human exposure. Consider that dangerous bacteria begin to multiply in wet environments, not to mention rot and mold growth. All it takes is a few inches of water to create a serious threat to your home or office. The harmful effects of water damage can be reduced greatly by the prompt and reliable emergency flood services from Roto-Rooter.
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Coastal Surge: If you live by the ocean, rising tides and seasonal storms can cause flooding to your property. When a high tide corresponds with a storm, it can be a recipe for disaster. As well as those right along the coast, other properties set slightly off from the ocean can also be at risk. High winds from the storm can also help water infiltrate and damage buildings and land.

Part of drying a house and cleaning it is knowing what you are doing, not learning on the job. Our team is local, understands the soil and water tables of Virginia, but using national standards. We’ve got thousands of happy customers in Northern Virginia, Maryland, and Washington DC, and if you look through our testimonials we probably have one from your town. We’re a hometown team, so your neighbors are our neighbors.
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.
Cut through the paper facing of the drywall sheet with a razor knife. Cut along the drawn lines. Break the drywall along the face cut, and fold the drywall slightly to make a crease in the paper backing of the drywall sheet. Cut through the crease in the backing paper with a razor knife from the backside of the drywall sheet, and remove the unwanted portion of drywall. To make cuts that are perpendicular to each other, use a keyhole saw for the shorter of the two cuts, and then fold and cut the drywall.
If you still do not understand why something isn't covered, and you think there is a chance for a review of your situation, don't be afraid to ask your agent or representative for a review or a second opinion. In a stressful situation like a claim, it is understandable that things may not be expressed clearly on either side. You want to make sure you understand fully.
Wear a respirator or a facemask rated for black mold spore protection, and cover arms, legs and hands to avoid contact with mold spores. Use soap and a sponge to remove visible mold. If the moldy area is dry, lightly spray with water, as this will reduce the incidence of airborne mold spores during cleaning. Next, use commercial black mold removal products, which can be found in most hardware or home repair stores, to disinfect the moldy areas, in addition to any adjacent areas. If you use bleach, make sure it won't discolor the material or surface. Place all sponges, equipment and other materials used in cleaning in a heavy duty garbage bag, and if possible, remove the bag through an nearby exit as opposed to the main house, to avoid distributing mold spores.
Molds should never be arbitrarily disassembled without a specific level in mind. To do so is to invite excessive handling of tooling components or over-maintaining a mold, which increases the opportunity for damage and wastes man-hours. Time-based mold disassembly levels (based on cycles, hours, days, or parts produced) should be established to optimize bench time.
While you have no control over natural water-related disasters, you can take all the preventative measures possible ahead of time to minimize their effect on your home. Flash floods, sudden storms and hurricanes can all trigger water buildup. Prompt attention by contacting The Water Damage Experts as soon as you can after a weather-related issue will help lessen the time for water damage to occur.

For instance, it will be less expensive to restore a basement with an inch of clean water from a burst pipe than to tackle a fix caused by three feet of sewage backup. An inch of clean water would start at around $500 to $1500 to pump out and thoroughly dry it. However, the price of basement drainage repairs can increase up to $10,000 or more depending on the size of the space and the extent of the damage. Budget more when your space has been hit from contaminated sources, like a river flood.
Coastal Surge: If you live by the ocean, rising tides and seasonal storms can cause flooding to your property. When a high tide corresponds with a storm, it can be a recipe for disaster. As well as those right along the coast, other properties set slightly off from the ocean can also be at risk. High winds from the storm can also help water infiltrate and damage buildings and land.
Our water extraction team offers water extraction services for any home, apartment building, office building, retail store, warehouse, commercial property, condominium, hotel, motel or any other structure that may be in need. Do not hesitate to call our offices to discuss your water extraction needs, no matter how large or how small. We will be happy to discuss your options, the services we offer, and our insurance claims process.
Many parts of a car are challenging to clean and dry because they are hard to access. Door locks, window regulators, power seat motors, heating and air conditioning components, and many small parts are tucked away in enclosed areas or up under the dash. These items may work okay immediately following a flood, only to fail later due to contamination by dirty water.
Sewage back‐ups, pipe leaks and breaks not only cause sewage damage, but result in dangerous conditions that require meticulous cleanup to ensure a return to a safe environment. That’s why WaterBear leads in industry standard guidelines and takes every precaution to contain contamination within exposed areas, then thoroughly cleans and decontaminates them. We work to return the areas to their original state – fresh, clean and safe.

The U.S. Navy has a similar approach when working on jet engines. Engines requiring repairs are not simply yanked from the air frame and disassembled without first creating, then discussing, the maintenance plan or objectives with the shop boss. This keeps things flowing smoothly in a hanger where there would always be several jets in various stages of repair. It was much the same as a mold shop where a group of repair technicians work on multiple molds during the day or week, sharing equipment, tools, and space.

Dalworth Emergency Restoration Crews are available 24/7 to extract water, remove debris, dry out and repair your residential or commercial property quickly. Call us at 817-203-2944 if you have had a water loss and need assistance. We will dispatch our certified technician(s) to your home or office to resolve your water damage using our state-of-the-art drying equipment.
It’s important to understand the differences because Category 2 and Category 3 water present health risks to your employees and customers and need to be handled differently. The most likely sources of clean water would be water from a pipe, water heater, steam lines or even rainwater. The basic rule of thumb is that it should look and smell like tap water.
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