Water flood damage cleanup is a highly technical process, so it’s normal to have questions about how to handle water cleanup, fix water damage and how the house flood restoration process works.
Who are Water Damage Pros?
Water Damage Pros is a nationwide association of like minded, high quality local water damage restoration professionals. Our members are committed to providing the highest quality and the best service in the water damage restoration industry.
We search each market for the very best local water damage restoration companies to join our association. Our members promise to provide excellent customer service and the highest level of work, at a fair price.
No, your insurance company would like you to call a water damage restoration company first. The sooner Water Damage Pros crews arrive, the more damage can be prevented, which reduces restoration costs and protects your home from additional problems. You still want to call your insurance company to make a claim, but you should not wait for an adjuster to arrive before calling a professional company to fix water damage.
Step 1 – Initial Contact
WDP Kansas City member, Jeff, or another team member, will guide you through the crisis to minimize your damage and improve the safety of your home or business. The team will ask several questions to help us better understand the equipment and resources needed.
Step 2 – Inspection and Water Damage Assessment
Determining the scope of the water damage is made through inspection and testing. We will describe the current situation to you and explain the restorative process to you.
Step 3 – Water Removal / Water Extraction
It is important to safely remove and disposal of the water from the premises,as impacted water can potentially include toxins. Powerful pumps and vacuum units will quickly remove the water from your property, helping to prevent secondary water damage and mold growth.
Step 4 – Drying and Dehumidification
Air movers and dehumidifiers will remove the remaining water from hard to reach locations. Our team will take room readings of temperature and relative humidity to gauge progress.
Step 5 – Cleaning and Sanitizing
All of the restorable items and structures damaged by the water are cleaned and sanitized to remove and deodorize your property.
Step 6 – Restoration
Based on the agreed upon restoration plan, we will refurbish your home or business to its pre-water damage condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, saving, sanitizing, and re-stretching your carpet, and installing new carpet; or may include more major repairs, such as the rebuilding of areas or rooms in a home or business.
Each situation is different and there definitely is no one-size fits all scenario but full restoration consists of two major phases. The first, mitigation, consists of demolition, removal of water, cleaning and drying out the structure and belongings. This phase usually takes no more than 3–4 days. The second phase, repairs, can range from a few days to a couple of weeks depending on the degree of damage and lead time of materials such as carpeting, cabinets, or other flooring materials. Your Water Damage Pros of Kansas City project manager will work closely with you and your insurance company to build a project timeline for your mitigation and repairs so that your life is back to normal as soon as possible.
The cost of a water damage restoration cleanup depends on the size of the flooded area and amount of time needed to handle the water repair. If your insurance policy covers water damage restoration, you are typically only responsible for the deductible. Water moves quickly and is extremely destructive, if not removed immediately with the correct equipment, there can be larger problems like mold growth and even structural damage. When completed properly, fixing water damage can take several days and multiple man-hours to complete, which may have varying costs.
Yes! Water flood damage potentially can cause mold growth. Mold thrives in moist environments, any place that is wet (and humid) is an ideal location for mold growth. If moisture is ignored, mold can begin to grow within 24-48 hours. It’s crucial to take immediate action when you experience house flood damage of any type!
Major cause of water damage include our Midwest heavy rain storms, burst or leaky pipes, backed up plumbing and malfunctioning appliances. House floods can also occur as a result of foundation leaks, roof leaks and from defective gutters and downspouts which can cause water damage around windows, in a basement or a crawlspace.
Some signs of hidden house flood water damage include peeling paint and wallpaper, visible mold, moisture and condensation, musty odors, and moisture or dampness in your carpet or other flooring. Our team at Water Damage Pros Kansas City uses electronic moisture meters and thermal imaging cameras to find all of the problem areas.
When water pools in the home, it will quickly soak through anything it comes in contact with. If it contains contaminants, all organic materials, like textiles and wood, will likely need to be restored. This is because contaminated liquid is the perfect environment for hosting a variety of microbes, including deadly viruses and bacteria. Flood waters are often infected with cholera, hepatitis and other serious diseases.
Mold can spread quickly through the home by discharging spores into the air. Allowing mold colonies to reach parts of the house that seem dry. Short term exposure to mold is not typically a major concern, but regular inhalation of mold spores can cause a number of health issues, particularly in the young, old or those with respiratory issues. Health problems can include respiratory infections, nausea, agitation, malaise, fatigue, and even deadly neurotoxic complications.
Most molds thrive in warm, damp areas with poor ventilation. This type of environment mixed with nutrients such as plant material including wood, cardboard and fabrics are a perfect breeding ground for mold.
It’s OK to clean mold yourself if it’s in small areas and on hard surfaces like glass, metal, tile or metal. When throwing away mold contaminated materials make sure to wear appropriate protective clothing. Please don’t take the risk if you have respiratory issues or are having allergic symptoms.
When should I call a water damage restoration company?
If your mold problem is:
- Is larger than a few feet in diameter.
- Mold is from a flood or water damage.
- Mold is residing in home or business ventilation or heating systems.
- Mold has penetrated the walls of the building.
For infants, elderly, unhealthy people and those that are sensitive to mold, the following symptoms can occur:
- Runny noses
- Shortness of breath
- Eye irritation
- Watery eyes
- Asthma attacks
- Chronic sinus infections
- Fungal infections, if mycotoxins are present
When considering a purchase of a home that has mold in it, always factor the cost of mold remediation in to the equation. In most cases, the mold can be remediated but there is a cost involved.