Water Damage & Extraction Initial Steps To Take Immediately
You should take 2 precautionary steps to ensure the least amount of damage is done, and for the safety of the people living in your home. First, shut off your main water valve to prevent any additional water damage. Secondly, shut off your main circuit breakers to prevent the risk of electrocution. If you are unable to access your main circuit breakers, contact your electric company immediately. Do not endanger yourself or your family after a water event. Keep children and pets away. Try to protect yourself from water related hazards.
The need for Northeast Water Remediation, Inc. can occur when you least expect it. As flood damage specialists, we understand water damage is a major contributor to the loss of property. Northeast Water Remediation, Inc. cleanup and restoration services protect you.
Home and business owners use our services at other times as well. Water intrusions from roofs, windows and pipe breaks can let a tremendous amount of water in your home and business very fast. It is not uncommon for these things to happen in the absence of the owner. So even slow leaks can build up to a great deal of water.
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When confronted with water inside your home or business, you should know that water is not the only threat to your belongings. The longer you wait to deal with these types of issues; mold and mildew growth become a biological contamination.
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Professional mold remediation is a serious process and it is not cheap.
If humidity inside the structure is not controlled, items that were not damaged originally could now be damaged as a result of absorbing moisture from the air. The best way to avoid having to deal with mold problems is by addressing your water damage immediately. At the same time we are restoring your residence, we are also removing damaged building materials and spraying antimicrobial solutions to avoid these mold problems at all cost. Mold can start to grow in as little as 24 to 48 hours, so unfortunately this cannot always be avoided. Structures that are not dried out quickly and properly can become a food source for mold growth.
Northeast Water Remediation, Inc will keep your home from further damage resulting from flood and plumbing failures. When water damage occurs, our technicians are available 24/7 day or night, equipped and trained to completely dry your home with state of the art equipment as quickly as possible. We expertly cleanup your home and eradicate the damage to restore your home or building free of water, odor, and mold spore-free.
Water Damage is progressive and items that could be restored within the first hours 48 hours of water damage, may not be restored if emergency response is delayed.
Note that water will travel and wick up walls, travel under base molding and sill plates. Water will penetrate through floor coverings, sub flooring, even causing water damage in other rooms.
If humidity inside the structure is not controlled, items that were not damaged originally could now be damaged as a result of absorbing moisture from the air. Structures that are not dried out quickly and properly can become a food source for mold growth.
In the event of water damage:
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- Make sure the water source is turned off. This will help contain the damage.
- Turn off all electric power in damaged areas before you unplug or remove any electrical devices located in the wet area or call your electric company.
- Place aluminum foil under the legs of any furniture which may come in contact with wet carpet. This might help prevent furniture stains on your carpet.
- Lift draperies and upholstered furniture skirts away from wet carpet.
- Remove shoes, fabrics, paper goods, books, potted plants, and other items which may stain the wet carpet.
Do not attempt the following:
- Don’t use your home vacuum, since electrical shock may result, as well as certain damage to the equipment itself.
- Don’t place newspaper in traffic areas to walk on, since newspaper ink transfers easily to wet carpet fibers and may result in permanent staining.
- Don’t walk on carpet or affected area any more than necessary. This will keep the damage from spreading to unaffected areas.
Water Damage Categories
Called “Clean Water”. Refers to a source of water that does not pose substantial threat to humans. Examples are tub or sink overflows, broken water supply lines or appliance malfunctions that involve water supply lines.
Called “Grey Water”. Refers to a source of water that contains a significant amount of biological, chemical, or physical contaminants and causes sickness when exposed or even consumed. This type carries microorganisms and nutrients of microorganisms. Examples are toilet bowls with urine, seepage due to hydrostatic failure and water discharge from dishwashers or washing machines, and sump pump failures.
Category 2 water or grey water that is not promptly removed from the structure and or have remained stagnant for 48-72 hours may become classified as Category 3 water.
Called “Black Water”. This water contains unsanitary agents, harmful bacteria and fungi, causing severe discomfort or sickness. Type 3 category are contaminated water sources that affect the indoor environment. This category includes water sources from sewage. Seawater, rising water from rivers and streams, ground surface water or standing water.
IMPORTANT TO KNOW
These three categories according to the IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) are standards for the cleaning industry and water damage restoration training. There are several different levels and classes involved in liquid destruction from the IICRC’s S-500 standards.
Water Damage Restoration Process
Water damage is a major contributor to the loss of property. Water attacks all materials or systems by the destructive processes such as rotting of wood, delaminating of plywood as well as rusting of steel.
We will extract the sewage, remove fecal and other debris, clean your walls and floors, sanitize your belongings, and apply anti-microbial treatments.
For mold, we will recommend testing by an industrial hygienist who can devise a mold remediation protocol customized for your home. Following the protocol, we’ll attack your mold problem and restore the health and safety of your home.