Water causes damage in your home. Removing water quickly and completely is the key to preserving your property.
Water damage is no laughing matter. If there’s water in your home, then you need to take quick action and have that water removed and the space restored as quickly as possible. The longer water sits in your home, the more damage will be done and the less likely it is that the area can be professionally restored.
As soon as water enters your home, the clock starts ticking. The source of water determines the course of action necessary to mitigate damages. Once our certified experts show up on-site, we will make every effort to remove the water and any damaged building materials quickly. Our Baltimore, MD-based company sanitizes the space and deploys the proper equipment to dry your space and prepare it for restoration.
If you’ve noticed water damage in your home, you should take quick action and have the water removed and space properly dried and sanitized, especially if the water is from a disgusting source such as the sewer.
Even if you’re careful to fix any plumbing leaks as soon as they happen and keep an eye out for any potential water problems, water damage can still take you by surprise and make a mess. There are several reasons water damage may occur, including:
- Overflowing dishwasher or washing machine
- Heavy rains
- Sewage backup
- Roof leaks
- Water runoff
As you can see, it’s impossible to prepare for every possible scenario and completely safeguard your home against water damage. As long as you keep an eye out for damage and take action as soon as any water is found, chances are that not much damage will be done and it can be fixed quickly and professionally by Green Clean Restoration.
One of the main reasons a home may experience water damage is because of cracks or leaks in plumbing, walls, roofs, ceilings, and foundations. If even a small crack appears in your roof, you may be facing a big problem the next time it rains. And if a leak shows up in a plumbing pipe, even turning on a sink faucet could mean a soaked room and a lot of damage.
Again, it’s impossible to completely stop any water damage from occurring because you never know if there’s a leak in a pipe, roof, or wall until the water has a chance to get it and make a mess. When this happens, shut off the water quickly or cover the crack if possible. Then call Green Clean Restoration for fast, professional water damage cleanup and restoration.
When calling a professional water damage cleanup company in Baltimore, MD like Green Clean Restoration, you should try to gather as much information about the water damage as possible. This will help our technicians know what to expect and have quick access to the proper tools and equipment. If possible, try to find out what is causing the leak, where it’s coming from, how much of a mess it has made so far, what has been damaged, and what category of water the leak is from.
There are a few different categories of water that may be present in your home. Knowing which category this water comes from will help us determine a course of action and care for your home and materials the best way possible.
Category 1 water comes from a freshwater source. This means that pipes providing clean water for fixtures such as faucets and showerheads are pathways for Category 1 water to enter a space. Damage from Category 1 water can be minimized by a quick response time.
Category 2 water comes from sources such as bathtubs, dishwashers and washing machines. Water from these sources has soap, detergents, food, soil particles, or any other biological material found in your home. This extra material means that this water will damage your home more and faster than if it were from a category 1 source. Because of this, mold is more likely to grow.
Category 3 water comes from flooding, sump pump backups, toilet overflows and sewage water. This water causes the most property damage due to the biological contamination that is present. Not only does this water need to be removed quickly, but all affected areas need to be disinfected and building materials and personal property that are removed need to be handled with extra care.
Now that you know what to look for when contacting a professional water damage restoration company in Baltimore MD, let’s take a look at what to expect once a water damage technician has arrived.
There are several steps that should be taken when removing water from your home and restoring the space. Here are the steps to repairing your home after it experiences water damage:
- Remove water
- Take out damaged materials
- Mold removal
- Dehumidify and dry everything
- Carpet restoration
- Sanitize and restore materials
- Remove water
If you want to, you can get this process started by removing the water from your home. Or, you can wait for a licensed professional to do it for you. This is the first step because, obviously, nothing can be done to clean up and restore your home until all signs of water are first removed.
Water can be removed in several different ways. Deciding how to remove the water will largely depend on how much water is present and what category it falls under. Some examples of how to remove water include using buckets, a sump pump, sponges, wet-dry vacuum, mop, etc.
Take out damaged materials
Depending on how much water was present and the category of water, you may have a lot of damaged materials. It’s likely that not everything will be repairable and you’ll probably end up throwing some stuff away. Damaged materials may include drywall, carpet, wood, furniture, etc. If possible, our water damage restoration technicians will restore and sanitize the affected materials.
As most homeowners know, where there is water, there is mold. This is true in most water damage situations. And if there isn’t mold now, mold will show up in a week or so if the area goes untreated. Mold is dangerous to the health of anyone living in your home because of the bacteria and spores that are spread through the air. It’s important to remove all signs of mold whenever they are found and thoroughly clean the area where the water damage has occurred to prevent mold from growing in the future.
Dehumidify and dry everything
Next, it’s time to dehumidify and dry everything out. The dehumidification step is important because any remnants of water leftover will become a breeding ground for mold and bacteria. As discussed above, we don’t want this to happen. A dehumidifier will remove this moisture and protect your home from mold. And then, of course, everything needs to be completely dry before it can be restored or replaced.
When dealing with water damage, one of the most common casualties is your carpet. The carpet soaks up water and this water is difficult to remove. If water is left in your carpet, mold will grow. Green Clean Technicians specialize in carpet restoration and we will do everything in our power to restore your original carpet to its former glory. However, sometimes water damage means that you’ll finally have an excuse to buy a new carpet.
Sanitize and restore materials
Sanitization is always important when dealing with water damage, but it is especially important if the water damage was caused by category 2 or 3 water. This water contains chemicals, bacteria, waste, or other unpleasant materials and needs to be treated as unclean and potentially harmful. By having the area professionally sanitized, your home and family members will be safe from these materials.
The last part of the water damage cleanup and restoration process is to restore or replace any items or materials affected by the water damage. This will leave your home looking as good as it did before and leave you with less stress. Because we know that water damage is extremely stressful for homeowners, we’ve made it our mission to relieve this stress and restore your water-damaged area as quickly as possible.
If you are dealing with water damage in your home and live in or around Baltimore, Maryland, call Green Clean Restoration today. We will quickly, professionally, and affordably clean and restore your damaged space. We follow IICRC standards for water mitigation and we will take extra care to lift the burden and restore your space.