Know the Damage Restoration Basics

Major disasters such as fire and flooding can leave a homeowner devastated and at a loss to how to recover from the problem. In some cases the damage may be so severe that they may wonder if anything can possibly be saved.

The reality is that damage restoration usually requires very specific and deliberate process in order to achieve the best results. There are tasks that homeowners can complete themselves but also work that is best left to a professional service. Here is an overview of the various works to be done.

Time is of the essence when a flood happens and there is a long list of damage restoration guidelines to be followed. Foremost, it is recommended that gloves, respirator and goggles be worn during the process to protect from mold. The first steps are to turn off the electrical system, air out the home and start gradually pumping out water.

There are several clean up steps to complete including the removal of unsalvageable carpet, drywall and personal items. Then remaining surfaces must be disinfected and a fungicide utilized to remove mildew and prevent its spread. If it continues to appear, professional fumigation may be required.

Most people may not know that there are four different types of smoke. Each form demands a different process for structural restoration and replacement. If the home is to be salvaged, there are very specific damage restoration processes that need to be followed to ensure structural integrity and safety.

Any questionable material must be removed, including framing, flooring and the HVAC system. Any savable components must usually be cleaned, treated and sealed. Throughout the process, the building must be continually aired out. Any savable furnishing and fixtures should be professionally processed and restored.

In either event, after damage restoration has occurred, the bad memories can linger in the form of unpleasant odors. Keep the house as well ventilated and aired out as possible. White vinegar is a good wet cleaning agent and baking soda can absorb odors in carpet and fabrics. Know that there may be hidden sources of odor, are best handled with professional deodorization.

Professionals have sophisticated treatments such as counteract chemicals or ozone treatments that break up odor-causing molecules. They can apply treatments to high-quality furniture and fabrics without harm. They also have processes to remove trapped odor in walls and air ducts that can cause odor re occurrence long after the original incident.