How to ensure your house was properly dried after a flood?

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After dealing with all the trouble of mopping the floor, drying the furniture and appliances, leaving the cabinets open for hours, your home is as good as new after that flood, right?… Well, not exactly. Some of the consequences of this event can only be visible mid or even long term.

There are tell-tale signs to look for if you suspect your home isn’t properly dried and has been a victim of fungi, such as unpleasant odor and stains in practically any surface, but be aware that a lot of damage might be out of sight until things get a lot worse.

Properly drying after a flood is the top priority. A damp house or facility is the first step for the development of mold, which not only has negative effects on your health, but causes structural damage as well and can lead to the decay of your home’s structure. Wooden furniture, appliances, beams, columns and walls are especially susceptible to this aggression, and rotting is the most dangerous consequence that poses a risk to your safety and your property as well.

While rot can occur anywhere around your home or facility, some places are prone to developing issues before others, such as vents, floor joists, girders and others. Sadly, making reparations is not always an option with mold, and replacements can be very expensive. Moreover, even replacements are not a definitive solution. Rot will be back if the moisture continues to be present, leading to even more costs further on.    

By not executing sufficient drying techniques and letting the moisture take hold, you’re exposing yourself to health issues, structural damage, and very high repair and replacement costs. Luckily, there’s a way to avoid all this: by ensuring your house was properly dried after a flood. Taking the right measures right after the incident occurred by yourself, or even better, have the work done by professionals who can guarantee an amazing job.

Hire Water & Flood Damage Services

ProTech drying specialists will calculate the types and quantities of air-movers and dehumidifiers needed to optimize the evaporation process. They will also need to determine the best atmospheric conditions for drying to occur. By setting up drying equipment in specific locations of the affected areas and creating the optimal atmospheric conditions, balanced drying, or “the ideal situation in which the rate of dehumidification is slightly greater than the rate of evaporation”, can be achieved.  In turn, the drying goal or “dry standard” can be reached the fastest.

Check out ProTech Flood & Water Damage services in Texas. We have over 35 years of experience in the field. Our experts will record the incident, perform the water-extracting process flawlessly, take care of all mold-affected contents and items. Walls, ceilings and floors will also be deep cleaned and we’ll provide disinfecting services to eliminate any odor. Our 24/7 response team will be happy to help, just contact us.

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What to do if your house or facility floods: before, during and after

In an instant, your business, facility or home could be inundated with water stirring quite a panic. The very second you realize what’s happening, you might run and try to fix it right away, but a flood not only endangers possessions: it might entail greater risks for you if you don’t take your environment into account, so the first things you should do are:

Stay calm

Remember a kitchen is full of electrical appliances and there are great chances of slipping on the wet floor. The last thing you need is a visit to the doctor on top of the mess.

Assess the situation

From a safe distance, take a look at your surroundings and try to determine the source of the flooding. It could be from a broken pipeline, a kitchen sink or a kitchen appliance such as a refrigerator or a dishwasher. Sometimes it is more obvious than you think. Try to verify if the water has gotten into electrical appliances or outlets, again, from a safe distance. This is the moment to take pictures and record videos for your insurance company. A professional team like ours will then quickly assess the situation, record photo & video documentation of the damage and begin setting up equipment for water extraction. Communication with the insurance adjuster will be established and employees or materially interested parties may begin managing personal belongings or high-value items.

Cut off the power and shut off the water pipes before stepping into the kitchen

Most of the time you’ll be able to shut off the flow from the main water pipeline and cut the power from your circuit box outside. This ensures the greater risks for your safety are now under control. Now you can carefully step into the kitchen, finish recording the incident and unplug every electrical appliance, including the ones at the countertops.

Begin the water-extraction process

Effective extraction of water is one of the most important steps in water damage recovery. This step must be completed as quickly as possible to mitigate the damage. All furniture must be moved outside where it can dry properly and then the mopping nightmare begins. It is a taxing process to do by yourself and it requires a lot of time and effort as well as preparation, so specialized teams like ours are real-life savers. ProTech technicians utilize powerful equipment such as wet-vacs, water claws, roller-vacs, or weighted vacs to remove water from carpets and padding. Vac Squeegees and scrub wands are used for water extraction on hard surfaces such as wood and tile.

Assess the damage

The next logical step is to determine what was damaged, what can be saved and what must be restored or substituted. This applies especially to those instances where you discover the flood several days after the incident. And of course, the first thing that needs fixing is the source of the flooding.

Dry the whole area

Make sure every cabinet, drawer, window and door is open and create a strong current of air using fans from all directions. Depending on the severity of the flooding, this could take more or less time –two to three days is usually enough for it to be completely dry-, or even require dehumidifiers to ensure no mold problems will follow. This part is extremely important and should be performed thoroughly to avoid the consequences of a bad flood damage response, which is why teams like ProTech are such a convenient solution.

While all this process could be performed just by yourself, remember the most important thing is your safety, so don’t hesitate to call for help. Sometimes it is too much to handle. Check out ProTech Flood & Water Damage services in Texas. We have over 35 years of experience in the field. Our experts will record the incident, perform the water-extraction process flawlessly, take care of all mold-affected contents and items. Walls, ceilings and floors will also be deep cleaned and we’ll provide disinfecting services to eliminate any odor. Our 24/7 response team will be happy to help, just contact us.

Why choose professionals for Facility Repairs Services?

As your business grows, your responsibilities multiply and you have both less time to take care of your facility and an increased need to run your operations in an environment that functions properly and without delay. 

Your building must meet your business needs, adapt to your interests and create a positive impression for your clients based on its appearance and impeccable upkeep. That impression will solidify your image as a company and build trust and interest among your future clients. 

Ensuring your facilities are always in top condition is a taxing and continuous task that demands time you need to invest in running your business; that’s why a lot of companies choose to hire professionals like ProTech that perform routine scheduled maintenance. A quick response to sudden events that may affect your work schedule is a tremendous advantage to get back on track as soon as possible and avoid impacting your profits.

Every aspect of your facility’s functioning is covered by the high quality services provided by ProTech:

Electrical Plumbing Locksmith Services Doors
Commercial Exterior Parking Lot Repairs Glass/Windows Commercial Interior
Commercial Roof Flooring Restrooms & Smallware Commercial Furniture/Decor

 

The complete scope of services offered by ProTech will efficiently meet your facility’s every need, allowing you to focus your time at growing your company. We meticulously assess every facility to make sure your building complies with safety regulations as well. As we take care of your building, we take care of your employees and customers for you as well.

Check out ProTech Facility Repair Services in Houston. We have over 35 years of experience in the field. Our experts will provide a customized plan for your facility maintenance and seek the best solution for you at a competitive price. Allow us to create the best solutions to keep your facilities well maintained 24-7.  Our 24-7 response team will be happy to help, just contact us.

Consequences of a bad flood damage response

A kitchen flood is a dreadful experience. From the moment you set foot on the kitchen floor, panic is the first thing that comes into mind: soaked appliances, drenched cabinets, your belongings floating adrift and you watch the scene with disbelief as you try to solve the whole situation without slipping on the wet floor and trying to avoid electrical hazards.

After all that awful experience is over and you finally put away your mop and towels after hours of work, you might think you solved the issue… well, not really. Water damage usually occurs suddenly and without warning, and its full consequences may develop a while after the flood damage.

The most obvious consequence is the presence of mold, which entails its own threats to the health of your family and/or employees. We have a whole article about that here. Mold proliferates in all sorts of materials and acts as an allergen that can cause serious health problems for sensitive people.

Like the mold issue isn’t terrible enough, flood damage can also cause serious structural damage, especially on porous materials like wood and drywall, where it will seep, stagnate and create a perfect environment for microbial hazards. Walls, floors and cabinets can be permanently damaged, which incurs in bigger expenses in restoration and substitution, and terrible headaches for you and your company. More so, even with the greatest of efforts, the use of specialized equipment such as industrial dehumidifiers might be necessary to get rid of the problem for good. Mops and towels and leaving the windows open won’t do the trick by themselves.

An adequate, efficient and thorough response is key to avoid long-lasting problems and greater expenses. If not dealt with the utmost care from the beginning, repercussions are very sure to be expected.

ProTech Restoration specialists understand the need to move quickly and effectively when a flood or water disaster event occurs to prevent further damage to the structures and –more importantly- your health. Our teams are well instructed in the use of industrial equipment -like dehumidifiers- and appropriate techniques to deal with the flooding without any further consequences. 

Check out ProTech Water & Flood Damage services. We have over 35 years of experience in the field. Our experts will take care of all mold-affected contents and items. Walls, ceilings and floors will also be deep cleaned and we’ll provide disinfecting services to eliminate any odor. Our 24/7 response team will be happy to help, just contact us.