Water Remediation and Repairs in Fresno
Water damage and water remediation might seem inevitable for homeowners in Fresno.
Every homeowner experiences flooding at some point.
If it isn’t from a leaking or burst pipe, water damage can occur from natural wet disasters like flooding or rainwater. Anyone who owns a property long enough will experience water damage at some point throughout the life of their Fresno property.
The good news is that flooding and water damage does not need to become permanent. Central California home and business owners can hire experienced water remediation experts to clean up and repair the damage caused by excess water and professionally restore their property and personal belongings.
What Is Water Remediation?
Water remediation goes one step beyond water removal. In addition to extraction of the water, remediation also includes the process of cleaning, sanitizing, and restoring wet materials where the water damage has occurred. To sum it up in one statement...It remediates, or reverses, the water damage.
Of course, there are a few more details and specifics that go in to it. What does water remediation entail? Here's the process...
When it comes to water damage in your Fresno structure, it is important to act as quickly as possible. Water damage left untreated can become a dangerous hazard. Mold growth, bacteria, and even viruses can proliferate in damp conditions. So, the most important first step in water damage restoration is to stop the water source.
Next, and just as important is to remove the water.
THE GENERAL PROCESS
The first step is Water removal which relies on professional pumps and water vacuums to remove all of the standing water. Also, smaller items like rugs and drapes can be pressed to squeeze out excess water. The level of water damage to each item will determine which methods are used when extracting the water. Drywall, carpet, and furniture can absorb water and develop extensive mold growth. In that case, replacement might be a better alternative then disinfecting and drying.
The second step in water remediation is drying out the items. Saturated items need to be thoroughly dried out in order to be restored to their previous condition. Drying involves the use of a remediation company's professional grade dry out systems using air moving fans and dehumidifiers. Smaller items could be dried in drying machines.
We dry, clean, and sanitize the affected items and area. We use antimicrobial treatments and disinfectants to remove harmful bacteria from all item surfaces and materials.
As part of water damage cleanup, we also clean personal belongings is important so as to prevent mold growth and the spread of germs and diseases. Specialty items such as wooden or leather furniture will undergo their required cleaning process. Sometimes professionals use powerful air scrubbers to clean and sanitize the air.
And the final step is repair and restoration. The remediation team will restore items to their pre-loss condition. The process for doing this will vary according to the item. For example, specialty space rugs or drapes undergo a different restoration process than electronics or wooden tables.
Classes of Water Damage
The inspection which usually done after the initial water remediation, determines the class of water damage and the category of the water present.
There are four classes of water damage that describe the severity...
Class one refers to the most minor water damage. Class four damage is the most severe. However, oddly enough, it is actually class three water damage that is the worst.
Class three damage involves water coming from the ceiling to the floor below such as in a two story house or an apartment building.
Categories of Water
Categories of water determine the level of contamination. Water remediation professionals follow procedures according to these categories to prevent the spread of illnesses.
Category one means that the water comes from a clean source, like a kitchen faucet or shower faucet.
Water from a washing machine or the dishwasher is “grey water" and is Category Two which means that the water has detergents and other potentially hazardous substances.
Category three water is the most concerning and dangerous because the water comes from a dirty source, such as the sewer system or flooded yards or streets. The dry out team will need to wear Hazmat suits and other personal safety gear when handling water from category three sources.
Also, It is important to note that categories with water can change over time. After 48 hours, a category 1 turns into category 3.