Property owners who have experienced a flood know how devastating it can be.
Finding a home or business filled with water, belongings submerged and untold damage can seem daunting.
If a property is flooded or has any amount of standing water, it’s crucial to act fast. Mold and mildew can start to grow and form colonies within just 24 hours. And if not treated immediately, water damage can cause structural damage and lead to numerous hazards for a building’s occupants.
Fortunately, professional water damage restoration companies like National Restoration Experts can quickly help flood victims in Pompano Beach FL get back on their feet.
Here’s what to expect during our water damage restoration process.
Step 1: Damage assessment
Upon arriving at the scene, our technicians will first ensure that the property is safe to enter. They will assess the threat posed by toxic substances, as well as the possible risk of collapse or electric hazard.
Then, once the property is deemed safe, we will search for both visible and invisible water damage. Once we’ve assessed the extent of the damage, we will draw up a plan of action to minimize future damage, ensure safety and maximize the chance of a complete restoration to pre-flood conditions.
Step 2: Pump out standing water and remove debris
Standing water must be removed from a property as soon as possible after a flood. This is because contaminated water can be highly dangerous and make occupants vulnerable to infectious diseases, chemical hazards and injuries.
National Restoration Experts’ water damage restoration technicians will install a wet-dry vacuum that can remove shallow water, while a submersible pump may be required if it’s deeper.
If the damage is caused by a natural flood, any contaminated debris brought in by the floodwater must be removed and properly disposed of.
Step 3: Dry out the property
Once standing water has been removed, the property must be dried out completely to prevent mold growth. This is achieved by creating maximum air circulation.
Our restoration professionals will design a drying system made up of industrial fans and dehumidifiers to circulate the air and eliminate excess moisture.
This can take several days to complete, but once under way, we can begin step 4.
Step 4: Dispose of everything that cannot be salvaged
Some materials take a long time to dry out and can create a breeding ground for mold and musty odors if not cleaned and dried out within 24 to 48 hours. In such cases, some sacrifices may be necessary.
Carpets and upholstery will almost always have to be removed and disposed of, and affected paneling, drywall, and insulation will likely have to go as well. This is because they are made from highly absorbent materials which can hold large quantities of water.
Other materials, such as ceramic tile, sheet vinyl, laminate, and solid wood floors, may also have to be removed if they were underwater for more than 24 hours
Step 5: Deep cleaning
Our water restoration technicians will clean, sanitize and deodorize areas affected by water damage to kill any bacteria or fungi that have started germinating in the moist areas.
Using their expertise, they will use professional cleaning products and equipment to strategically target mold and other bacteria.
Step 6: Check moisture levels
To ensure that the property has been thoroughly dried out and is safe for human occupation again, we make use of the latest technology, including imaging cameras and moisture and humidity meters.
These tools can also detect invisible dampness in floors, walls and furniture.
Step 7: Carry out repairs and complete the restoration
Once the readings show that the removal of all moisture from the property is complete, the restoration phase can begin.
The extent and scale of water damage restoration may vary based on the magnitude of the damage, the budget for restoration, and the coverage provided by insurance.
At National Restoration Experts, we are also general contractors. This means we have the necessary resources to carry out any repairs and restore a property to its pre-loss condition, or in some cases, even better.
Step 8: Submit the insurance claim
In most cases, insurance policies covering flood or water damage require claims to be processed within a period of 60 days.
At National Restoration Experts, we work closely with insurance providers to ensure clients can promptly submit their claims without undue stress or inconvenience.
Thanks to our extensive industry experience, we’re well-versed in the specific types of proof and documentation required for successful claims.
Water damage restoration in Pompano Beach FL
Immediate action is crucial when dealing with water damage, as every hour wasted leads to more extensive damage.
At National Restoration Experts, we understand the urgency of a flood cleanup and are available around the clock to respond to all emergencies.
Our experienced team of experts is equipped with the necessary resources and tools to commence the water damage restoration process promptly, ensuring our clients’ safety and best results.
Contact us today at (754) 219-4660 for an estimate or consultation and to learn more about our water damage restoration process.Pompano Beach Flood Cleanup: What to Expect During the Process