Identifying Water Damage and Our Restoration Process

Identifying Water Damage and Our Restoration Process

Water damage can quickly become a significant nuisance; causing rapid destruction to your living space or commercial property. Floods, burst pipes, leaky appliances, and unexpected storms are notorious for causing water damage to homes and properties. If you’re questioning whether your property has been affected by water damage, this blog is your go-to guide. We’ll walk you through the indicators to watch for and the actions you need to take for effective restoration.

Key Indicators of Water Damage

If you’re concerned about water damage in your walls, there are several key indicators to watch for. Mold growth is a common sign, appearing on affected walls or nearby areas due to the excess moisture. This is often accompanied by a damp air smell and musty odors, especially in spaces like basements, crawlspaces, or any dimly lit area with poor air circulation. Another telltale sign is the peeling of paint and wallpaper, a result of lost adhesion caused by moisture. Walls may also appear discolored or display signs of warping, cracking, bubbling, softening, and crumbling. Additionally, look for white, chalk-like stains on the walls, known as efflorescence, and any evidence of rotted wood, which are all indicative of potential water damage.

The Negative Effects on Home and Health 

Water-damaged walls can grow worse the longer they sit unattended, so it’s important to get this issue fixed sooner rather than later. The effects of waiting to fix water-damaged walls can be devastating to your space and include severe structural damage to both the foundation and walls themselves. Water in walls will often cause buckled surfaces, compromising structural integrity and the safety of the area.

Health effects and poor indoor air quality from proliferating mold and mildew are also possible. Unpleasant odors, permanent stains, and even electrical damage may emerge as well. Once you have identified likely water damage in your walls, it’s essential you take quick action and reach out to a premier cleaning and restoration company like Bactronix to clean and restore your property.

Our Proven Process

Every water damage emergency is different and requires a unique solution, which is why we tailor our water cleanup and restoration process to your needs. Here’s a summary of how it works.

Give us a Call: When you first contact us, our specialist will ask a series of important questions to determine the appropriate action for your specific water emergency. A fast response can be crucial, so while on the phone we will set up a time for a restoration specialist to come out and assess the water damage. 

Inspection & Planning: After setting up an appointment, our restoration specialist will arrive at your location, thoroughly assess the severity of the water-damage, and determine what can be restored. This helps us put together an effective plan of action to clean and restore your property as quickly as possible.

Water Removal: Once a plan is set, we use specialized extraction equipment to remove water from the affected area. At this point, we will inform you of any materials that cannot be salvaged and remove them from the premises to expedite the cleaning process. 

Drying Everything Out: Once the bulk of the water has been removed, the restoration professionals can begin the drying process. Much of the drying equipment is placed on the first day of arrival, and assists with extracting moisture from walls, floors, furniture, and other surrounding items. Our restoration professionals will continue to monitor and document the drying process throughout the job, and they will not remove the water mitigation equipment from your home or business until temperature, humidity, and moisture testing confirms that all affected areas have been dried to acceptable levels according to industry certification standards.

Disinfection: Surface cleaning only removes visible contamination, but significant quantities of microorganisms are often left behind, which can potentially cause health problems as well as unpleasant odors.This is why disinfection is a key part of our process. During this step, all surfaces affected by water damage must be thoroughly sprayed with anti-microbial disinfecting agents and deodorizers in order to properly eliminate disease-causing bacteria, fungi, and other viruses.

Post Service Report

Upon completion of the process, Bactronix will provide the customer with a BAR (Bionomic Assessment Report). The BAR documents the location, results, and dates of the tested areas. It also includes the current microbial levels, type of treatment used, and post treatment results all laid out in easy to read color-coded format. 

Water Cleanup Services you Can Trust

The water damage restoration professionals at Bactronix are accredited with Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and perform water restoration services in compliance with the IICRC S500 standards for professional water damage restoration. This means you are getting water damage cleaning, sanitizing, and deodorizing services from a company you can trust. 

Don’t wait for water damage to escalate! Reach out to the experts at Bactronix, offering 24/7 emergency services to address your water restoration needs promptly and efficiently. Trust us to restore your peace of mind. Call now for immediate assistance.