Spring Season is Water Restoration Season in Austin, Texas
It’s that time of year again. We finally made it through one of the harshest winters Austin has ever seen. The grass is turning green, and birds are singing their songs. Spring is finally in the air. How I wish April showers only meant may flowers. Texas is infamous for it’s unpredictable weather, but you can pretty much count on heavy rains in April and May. Unfortunately, Spring weather in Texas usually brings on flash flooding. Within minutes, your Austin home or business could fall victim to water damage. Last year, Austin had one of its worst floods in years and millions of dollars worth of property were damaged by the heavy rains. In this article, we are going to give you some instruction on just what to do when water damage strikes your area. If your property has suffered flood damage, it is important to call a water damage restoration company to minimize permanent damage.
The moments just after the phone call to the water restoration experts are crucial. There are a few things you should do before their arrival. Most water damage restoration crews will be there within an hour. Start by moving the furniture that is in the affected area. In most cases, if furniture gets wet and is dried quickly, it will be fine. If the furniture is left in wet conditions, it will absorb water and can be completely ruined. This can be avoided by simply moving the furniture out of the water damaged areas. The next, and probably most important thing that should be done upon the arrival of the water damage restoration crew, is to try and locate the leak. In most cases, it isn’t hard to locate the leak. Shutting off the water to the affected area is going to prevent further flood damages. If you have absolutely no idea where the leak or overflow is coming from, then you may want to shut the main water off to the house. Most water damage restoration companies work closely with licensed plumbers that will be able to assess and fix any plumbing issue.
By this time, the water restoration company should be arriving shortly. The first thing they will do is perform a damage assessment and get it to your insurance company to file a claim. The reason you should have a water damage restoration company do this, and not try and do it yourself, is because they are trained to detect damages that may not be visible to the untrained eye. Water restoration companies have state of the art tools that detect moisture, mold, and humidity levels. When the assessment is being made, the damages are placed into one of three categories. Category One is considered fresh water. This means that the water has been sitting for less than a day and there is little chance of it being contaminated. An example of category one water damage would be a burst pipe that was caught the first day. Category two is sometimes referred to as “gray water.” Gray water is typically from outside of the house or building. Causes of gray water damage can be attributed to rains or flash floods. This is a very common occurrence for the austin water damage restoration industry. When gray water damages are present, the use of antimicrobial solvents and cleaners are often necessary. The most dangerous type of water damage is a category three water damage. There are many situations where this can occur, but two most common types are from overflowing toilets, or stagnant water damage that has gone unnoticed for over day. When category three damages are present, the water damage restoration process will have to be more involved. Carpet replacement and drywall replacement will be necessary due to the fact that tainted water would have already soaked in and caused bacteria to grow.
After the assessment of damages and filing with the insurance, the water extraction process can begin. The water damage specialists will use industrial vacuums and pumps to extract all standing water. This process can take from 3 to 8 hours. Once the standing water is out, the drying and dehumidifying process can begin. Dehumidifiers will be strategically place and large fans will be put down to speed up the process. Depending on how much water damage occurred, sometimes sheetrock, baseboards, carpets, or wood floors will have to be replaced or at least restored. Often times, the actual carpet can be salvaged, but the padding underneath it should be replaced because it can cause a breeding grown for mildew, mold, and bacteria. During the dehumidification process, the water damage restoration crew will take readings with their moisture detectors. The technicians will also look for mold or mildew infestation and treat it accordingly. Antimicrobial spray can be used to contain and kill mold and mildew. The drying and dehumidifying process normally takes between two and three days.
The final stage of water damage restoration is the rebuilding phase. Each job will have it’s own set of damages which will have to be restored. Anything that was affected by the water such as carpet, baseboards, or sheetrock will have to be restored or replaced. The water restoration job is not complete until your property is back to the way it was prior to damages.
If you or someone that you know has been affected by water damage in the Austin area, call Water Damage Restoration Of Austin. Our company has the know how and equipment to get your life back, quickly and efficiently. What separates Water Damage Restoration Of Austin from the rest is that we evolved from a contracting company. Our restoration specialists are fully trained in carpentry, flooring, sheetrock, painting, and remodeling. You wont have to hire a separate contractor, which translates directly to more money in your pocket. If you need water damage repair call us now at (512) 820-6505.