The real work on water restoration starts when the flood recedes. Only then you can see how massive the destruction is and only then you can start on restoring what is restartable.
Many people become depressive after a flood, but that is not the time for depression, it’s time for work. Every minute that passes after the water goes down is a minute more for mold and bacteria to flourish. The right move for a homeowner is to hire us, the professional water restoration company that will save the majority of your household.
Different elements of the house and how water affects them – Walls
You can do the restoration alone, but you probably don’t understand the extent of the damage the water and the mold can cause. Here is a short explanation on how water can damage certain elements of the house.
The type of the walls your house has will determine the amount of money you will have to invest in their restoration. Concrete and brick walls are highly resistant to water damage, but you will still have to dry them. Just create a good air circulation, and those walls will dry, and no mold will appear. Brick walls are still susceptible to damage if cold weather strikes after the flood. Be sure to hire a water restoration company to check whether there is any damage to the wall.
A professional restoration company like we are will check all wall cavities and remove all moisture from them. If you do the cleaning alone and forget about those cavities, then do expect nasty odor in the house. This kind of moisture can also weaken the structural integrity of the whole building, so be careful. Once again, it’s best to hire professionals to do the restoration.
Water and how it affects the foundation of the house
The foundation of the house might seem okay after a flood, but that is never an absolute thing. Some problems may take several years to surface, and when they do the costs of repairing the house will multiply several times.
Whenever we get a job to restore a house, it also includes the restoration of the foundation. We can’t do a lot about that, but we always perform trial holes and check whether the water penetrated into the foundation, if it did, then we try to dry it out. If we fail in the restoration of the infrastructure, then we usually recommend companies that can deal with that.