WATER DAMAGE RESTORATION
It is the process of repairing a house or property to its pre-loss condition. Ruin to the property could be because of an overflow, flood or any other water damage event. The water damage restoration process involves several key procedures like loss assessment, categorization based on the moisture contamination levels, decontaminating and drying the structure, monitoring of the process and completion of the process. There are two large certifying bodies, namely the IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification) and the RIA (Restoration Industry Association) that recommends standards for water damage restoration. The $500 cost due to the guide is the benchmark tool that is used by companies that specialize in restoration of water damage.
Loss Assessment and Categorization
Loss evaluation is the first and the most important step in water damage restoration. The assessment has to be correct so that an appropriate response can be taken. In restoring the property caused by moisture, technicians and the insurance companies must work together and understand what is ruined and how to go about restoring the damage. Identifying the source of the problem, documentation and accurate estimates are mandatory for a proper water damage restoration. Categorization is based on the contamination levels of the water source. The categories are listed below:
Decontamination and Drying
After the evaluation is complete, the process of drying and decontaminating begins at the site. Based on the extent of the problem, damage caused due to wetness can be classified into 4 types. Class 1 – When loss is restricted to a small area and less water has had been absorbed by materials. This results in slow evaporation rate. Class 2 – When the problem is to the entire room and carpet area. Class 3 – When the entire area is saturated with liquid and Class 4 – when there are many deep saturation pockets.
Decontamination and drying is a key stage in water damage restoration and equipment like blower, dehumidifiers, scrubbers, and sub-floor drying equipment’s have to be used. Decontamination has to be done if contamination has been detected in the area. Decontamination may be done for the entire area or in specific pockets where contamination has been detected.
Monitoring and Completion
Monitoring and restoration process of damage caused due to moisture is critical to achieve the desired results. One has to be proactive during the monitoring process. Checking if the drying equipment is setup properly, assessing if the personnel involved are qualified for the job and checking if the equipment is in working order are all part of the monitoring process. Necessary steps are to be taken if anything wrong is spotted during the monitoring process. The entire process of water damage restoration would be classified as complete only once the humidity, temperature and the moisture content is as per industry standards. Upon completion of the water damage restoration process, the drying equipment can be removed.