why you shouldn't attempt restoration repairs yourself

Home damage is caused by many different sources. It could be from a fire, flood, moisture, insects or severe weather; but no matter the cause, restoration work will need to be completed. So, how do you know that the house is going to be livable again after such damage is sustained? Finding a reliable and professional restoration company to do the work for you is really the only course of action that you can take. When damage is this extensive, it is nearly impossible to be sure that doing the repairs yourself will take care of the damage the right way. Visit my blog to find out what you could miss if you attempt to make these repairs on your own.

Knowing What You Can Save When Your Home Has Water Damage

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There is nothing worse than coming home to find the basement is flooded because the sewer backed up, or that a storm broke a living room window and let the rain soak the carpet. After a call to the insurance company, it's time to sort out what can be saved and what has to be thrown away. Here are the standards that water damage restoration companies use to determine what can be salvaged.

The Key is Where the Water Came From

Make sure you know the source of the flooding. Did the basement flood because of the sewer drain backup or a broken water pipe? You can have water damage from a number of sources around the house, such as:

  • overflowing toilet
  • leaking dishwasher
  • overflowing washing machine
  • backed up drain pipe
  • split frozen water pipe

Water restoration companies use this to determine what kinds of contaminants are in the water. Then they will know if something can be cleaned and salvaged.

Rating the Water Damage

The type of water that caused the flooding is classified in one of three ways:

  • Category 1 - Clean water with no microorganisms that can infect people or pets. The water from an overflowing kitchen sink will be classified as Category 1.
  • Category 2 - Water that contains microorganisms harmful to people and pets if they drank the water. Also called gray water, this comes from an overflowing toilet or a leaking foundation.
  • Category 3 - This water is harmful to people and pets if it just touches their skin. This is called black water and can come from the city sewer system. It is also water that has set for several days and collected harmful microorganisms.

These classifications are used to decide what you can salvage from a flood.

The Difficult Choices

Anything soaked with category 3 water should be thrown out. Use gloves when handling anything soaked in this black water to minimize the exposure on your skin.

Category 1 items can be saved, but need to be thoroughly dried out quickly. The Carpet and Rug Institute recommends getting carpets cleaned and dried within 24 hours. They say the risk of mold and mildew developing increases with items soaked for longer than 24 hours.

Items soaked with category 2 water have a higher risk of being contaminated and need to be cleaned by a professional water damage restoration company. The soaked items need to be disinfected and thoroughly dried to be safe for you and your family.

If you're unsure where the water came from or how long the items have been wet, assume the worst and take the loss. The risk of you and your family becoming infected is a real possibility. Don't take chances and replace the items with new ones.

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11 June 2015