- Identify possible sources of damage
- Tag sources for insurance agencies
- Provide documentation
- Examine the damaged area(s)
- Conduct a moisture check using moisture detection meters, probes and sensors
Carpet is the most common flooring affected during a water loss. The carpet pad should always be replaced if there is water damage. The pad is a breeding ground for mold and mildew. Mold can begin growing within 24-48 hours.
Depending on the categories and class of your water damage. More severe water damage will result in the replacement of the pad and carpet to avoid future damage or mold growth.
While tile, vinyl, and laminate floors may not exhibit the same types of damage that carpeting incurs, our technician will determine whether these floors can be dried in place or if it will be more cost effective to remove them and replace them. Non porous floors can trap moisture that can damage the sub flooring, so the inspection process is critical.
We can determine whether these floors can be dried in place or if it will be more cost effective to remove them and replace them. We utilize specialized drying systems and dehumidifiers that enable us to create an environment where wood floors can dry more efficiently and resume their original form. However, due to the density of hardwood flooring and urethane finishes, drying may take up to three weeks.
During the inspection process, baseboards and drywall may be removed to better determine the level of damage and/or remove materials that are affected by water. Depending on loss and type of baseboards, removal may be necessary to help dry the structure and address issues with moisture being trapped between the baseboard and the wall.
We can often drill holes in walls and the ceilings to allow the moisture to escape and dry, minimizing further damage to sheet rock and framing and preventing potential microbial growth.
We assess and evaluate the source of water, the duration or the water exposure and the visible damage to determine what is salvageable (whether walls, ceilings and cabinets) or if it’s more cost effective to replace them.
During this process our technician do the following to help determine water intrusion or seepage.
- Evaluate Insulation
- Inspect Attic (if applicable)
- Inspect Basement (if applicable)
- Inspect Duckwork
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