Water Mitigation

Water Damage Restoration

Many homes experience water damage to some degree. The majority of these water damages are a result of a Storm or some type of plumbing failure. When water damage occurs, it is important that you locate a water damage repair company that is well-trained and has the equipment to completely dry your home as quickly as possible.

Water damage is progressive and items that could be restored within the first 48 hours of the water damage may not be restored if emergency response is delayed. Although you might be tempted to use a shop vacuum or call a company that only has equipment to dry carpet, you should consider that water will wick up walls and travel under base molding and sill plates. It will penetrate through floor coverings into sub-floors, even causing water damage in rooms below.

In addition, if humidity inside the structure is not controlled, items that were not damaged from the original water damage could be damaged as a result of absorbing moisture from the air. Structures that are not dried out quickly and properly can become a food source for mold growth which may require professional mold removal.

K Construction & Restoration Water Mitigation Service Professionals are trained on current procedures, such as Rapid Structural Drying, to dry your entire structure as quickly as possible, using state-of-the-art equipment and technology. Moisture meters are used to locate moisture that may not be visible or may be hidden behind walls or cabinets, so that our Water Restoration Service Professionals can ensure that all wet materials are dry. Because we understand how important it is to react quickly in the unfortunate event of water damage, smoke damage, or fire damage, you can rely on us to provide emergency response and quick professional service 24-hours a day.

In the event of water damage, do the following:

  • Make sure the water source is turned off. This will help contain the damage.
  • Turn off the breaker in the damaged area before you unplug or remove any electrical devices located on the wet carpet.
  • Place aluminum foil under the legs of any furniture which is in contact with wet carpet. This might help prevent furniture stains on your carpet.
  • Lift draperies away from wet carpet.
  • Pin up upholstered furniture skirts which may get wet.
  • Remove books, shoes, paper goods, fabrics, potted plants, and other items which may stain wet carpet.

Do not attempt the following:

  • Don’t use your home vacuum, since electrical shock may result, as well as certain damage to the equipment itself.
  • Don’t place newspaper in traffic areas to walk on, since newspaper ink transfers easily to the wet carpet fibers and may result in permanent staining.
  • Don’t walk on carpet any more than necessary. This will keep the damage from spreading to unaffected areas.

Top 10 Questions to Ask Your Water Loss Mitigation Contractor

  1. Is your company certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification (IICRC)?
  2. Are your technicians, who perform the work, trained and IICRC certified in water damage restoration and do they show their certification card to the property owner?
  3. What system of drying do you provide in order to dry the structure quickly with little or no replacement of structure materials on a clean-water loss?
  4. What type of vacuum unit and specialty extraction tools do you use?
  5. How do you know you have adequately extracted the carpet and cushion on a clean-water loss?
  6. What type of air movers and dehumidifiers do you use?
  7. How do you determine how much drying equipment to leave at each job?
  8. What types of meters do you use to test moisture content in structure materials like carpet and cushion, sub-floors, wood, concrete, tile, and drywall?
  9. What type of documentation do you give the property owner to prove to them you dried the structure properly and that it was returned to a pre-loss condition that will not promote mold growth?
  10. How do you keep the affected areas in the structure separate from the unaffected areas?