Water Damage in Odenton
Why Water Damage is an Emergency
Water damage can happen virtually any time because there are many potential causes. Weather conditions involving rain, flooding, and humidity can lead to water damage, but it can also be caused by leaks, damage to plumbing fixtures or appliances, sewage backups, pipe bursts and overflows.
The reason water can cause extensive damage is because it gets absorbed in porous building materials and furnishings, allowing it to spread. As materials like wood, drywall, flooring, and other furnishings absorb water, they can become weakened and damaged. Wood and drywall especially are at risk of structural damage if they absorb too much water.
Mold is a serious issue that can arise from water damage because mold needs a source of moisture to grow. Once mold forms, it eats away at the affected materials which can make the structural damage worse. Mold also poses a threat to your health as exposure can lead to a number of allergic reactions and even infection in cases of prolonged exposure.
Calling our professionals right away will help prevent serious water damage and the appearance of mold growth.
Professional Water Damage Restoration
If your home or business has been affected by water damage, ServiceMaster Restoration and Cleaning can help with our full range of professional water damage restoration services. Our goal is to restore your property and your peace of mind as quickly and efficiently as possible. We will evaluate the damage to your property and form a complete restoration plan.
Our industry certified technicians and project coordinators can drastically reduce the amount of damage caused by water. This is accomplished through immediate emergency water extraction and implementation of the appropriate drying and dehumidification equipment. With consistent moisture monitoring throughout the entire drying phase and application of anti-microbial and sanitizing products, we can reduce the damage and the risk of mold growth.
Our Restoration Process
Every water damage event is a little different and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” water damage emergency.
1. Emergency Contact
The restoration process begins when you call us. Our consultant will guide you through the crisis and may ask several questions to help us better understand the equipment and resources that may be needed.
2. Inspection and Damage Assessment
We determine the scope of your water damage at this stage is crucial to developing a plan of action. We inspect and test the damaged area to determine the extent of damage and how far the moisture has traveled to ensure proper and complete restoration.
3. Water Removal / Water Extraction
The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. We use powerful pumps and vacuum units to quickly remove hundreds or thousands of gallons from your property which helps prevent secondary water damage and mold growth.
4. Drying and Dehumidification
After the bulk of the water has been removed, we use specialized equipment to target the water that’s harder to access. Our Professionals use less intrusive, scientific drying methods to draw the remaining water and moisture from your property with air movers and dehumidifiers.
5. Cleaning and Sanitizing
Water damage also affects your belongings, like furniture, clothing, and personal items. We can clean restorable items using a number of specialized cleaning techniques. We also disinfect with antimicrobial treatments and remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.
The last step is restoring your home or business back to its pre-water damage condition. The restoration step can be relatively minor, such as replacing a few drywall panels, or could include major reconstruction, such as rebuilding entire rooms of a home or business.