Cleaning up water damage after a flood is a lengthy process that uses highly technical equipment. Calling in the professionals will save you time, money and effort in the long run.
Should I call my Insurance?
You can call your insurance company if you wish, but it’s better to call someone who can help with the flood restoration process. The faster the professionals arrive; the less destruction occurs within your home, helping to decrease costs and further damage. You will need to call your insurance company to make a claim, but you shouldn’t wait to call them first.
How does Flood Restoration work?
There are various phases to flood restoration. The first step is to ensure all standing water has been removed from the flooring. Once removed, dehumidifiers are brought in to help dry the area. This stage can take hours to days to complete, depending on the amount of water and the space involved. Once complete, moisture meters and thermal imaging cameras ensure the home is thoroughly dry. Other steps may be needed, such as carpet cleaning, wood floor repair, odour control and mould removal.
How long does it take?
Cleaning and drying the home and belongings can take anywhere up to 3-4 days. After this, repairs may be needed, of which can range from a few days to a few weeks, depending on the level of damage.
How much does it cost?
The cost of flood restoration hugely depends on the size of the flooded area and how much time is needed to clean, dry and repair.
What are the different kinds of water?
There are three categories of water that can flood your home and cause damage.
Clean water poses no threat to people. This includes water damage that has been caused by a sink or bathtub overflow or a malfunction in appliances such as a water heater or washing machine.
Gray water can cause harm to people and make them ill. This can include water that has a significant amount of contamination, for example chemical, physical and/or biological.
Black water can cause serious illnesses to people. It is very unsanitary and contains pathogenic agents from multiple contaminated water sources. Black water can come from seawater, ground surface and sewage backups.