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Steps To Save Your Basement

water damage cleanup toledo, water damage repair toledoWhat a nightmare! While coming down to the basement, you step off the last stair into a wet floor. Your basement is flooded and you need immediate help. Water damage restoration professionals follow an effective, step by step process to remove all moisture as well as clean and restore your basement back to its original condition. Of course, every situation is different, but here is the general workflow.

Stop The Flow

The first step is to find the source of the basement flooding and stop more water from coming in. Once the restoration professionals find the source, they will fix it and form a restoration plan based on the level of damage. After a flood-related safety inspection, they will take precautions if the flooding contains sewage or other biohazard materials. They will constantly be on the lookout for any hazardous conditions such as structural damage, electrical hazards, and opportunities for mold to grow.

Connect With Your Insurance Provider

Flood damage insurance coverage depends on detailed factors such as the cause of the flooding. With your permission, restoration professionals report the damage and their findings to your insurance company to help figure out your best options. Offload much of the technical specifics to these two groups that need to share that info; save your energy for getting your life back.

Begin The Restoration

Reputable companies will have the resources to begin the flood damage restoration immediately after evaluating the damage. Damp materials like drywall, carpeting, padding, insulation, and personal items that cannot be salvaged will need to be removed since mold can begin growing in less than 48 hours.

Truck mounted water extraction equipment and dehumidifiers remove moisture from flooring, furnishings, and the ambient air. Carpets are especially vulnerable to flood damage since they absorb water so easily; excess water can cause serious damage to the fibers and backing. Usually, the team will pull up both the carpeting and padding to evaluate what can be saved. The danger of leaving your carpet is that it will later feel dry but the pad will still be wet.   

Drying Process

All materials that can be salvaged will need to properly dry. After the flood water is removed, the professional crew moves in with air movers and dehumidifiers. Thoughtful placement around the affected area will protect against mold and efficiently remove contaminants from the air. Drying can take between 3-5 days.

Commercial air movers and dehumidifiers are used to quickly and efficiently dry out affected areas. Depending on the extent of the water damage, the process may take several days.

Cleaning And Disinfection

Once dry, structural materials and salvageable furniture, fabrics, and personal items are sanitized and deodorized to prevent mold and smells from developing in the future. Flood water likely contains microorganisms that can be hazardous to your health and its presence can lead to mold growth.  Once the water is removed, the team use advanced cleaning products to clean and sanitize the area and materials affected by the flood.

Restoration Of The Damage

After the basement is dried and cleaned, the contractors will inspect the structural damage and work with your insurance company to form a reconstruction plan.  A quality restoration service provider is committed to restoring your basement to its original, pre-flood condition. This typically includes hanging new drywall, installing new carpeting, and painting.

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