Water restoration simply refers to the remediation of water-damaged properties resulting from a number of water-related events. Water restoration services are available for homes, offices, businesses and the environment. Water damage literally refers to any physical loss resulting from water intrusion where it can enable penetration of an organism or biological process by destructive processes including rot of wood, growth of mould, bacteria growth, swelling of plastics, corrosion of metal, de-lamination of materials like plywood, and others. Thus, water restoration services can be broadly categorized into three main categories: emergency clean up / immediate protection, disaster clean up, and long-term restoration.
Emergency clean up deals with clean up that must be done immediately after the damage occurs, before the extent of the damage becomes too extensive to manageable levels. The objective is to save as much life and property as possible before the water damage can be extensive. Emergency clean up includes cleanup of flooded areas and removing any overlying water as well as removing any combustible materials that may have been standing around the area of flooding. For example, firebrand, oil, paint, epoxy, or other flammable materials that may have been stored in the home. This type of clean up is typically done by a restoration contractor following an inspection of the building by the fire department and the local emergency response team.
Disaster clean up, on the other hand, is when the damage has spread beyond the immediate control to more than one room or building. It may also involve more than one personnel and more than one type of action. In this case, the objective is to ensure that as much property as possible is saved. The objective of disaster water restoration is similar to an ordinary clean up operation except that it involves recovery of large portions of damaged infrastructure. This can happen in the event of a tornado, flooding, fire or a combination of any of these scenarios.
The differences between disaster clean up and water restoration are primarily in the types of equipment used during the clean up operations and the timeline in which they occur. Water restoration occurs rapidly following an emergency such as a flood or hurricane, whereas disaster clean up requires additional time. Both are required when there is damage of significant proportions such as in a collapsed building or damaged vehicle. This latter requirement is generally the responsibility of a professional water restoration company.
In many cases water restoration is simply the restoring of what is left of a building following a catastrophe. This is especially true in the case of small building. However, some damage must also be assessed. This assessment is done by a Water Damage Specialist. A Water Damage Specialist will use the proper tools and equipment to assess the overall health of a building so that the proper steps to be taken can be taken.
In many situations both disaster clean up and water restoration are equally important. The Water Damage specialist has the experience and the tools necessary to restore the building to its pre-disaster condition. Therefore, in cases of extreme weather or massive flooding a Water Damage Professional may be necessary. In either situation a Water Damage Professional is invaluable.