When it comes to restoring water damage, the first step is to conduct a thorough inspection of your property and assess the extent of the damage. This will help you develop an appropriate action plan that meets the standards set by the restoration and remediation industries. It's important to understand the different categories of water damage and how they can affect your home and family. The source of the water must be completely turned off before assessing the damage.
The type of water pollution will determine the specific restoration processes used. A report should be prepared that covers the type of water used, the extent of the damage, and the recommended restoration work. An industrial hygienist, an IEP evaluator, a water and mold damage evaluator, or a consultant may also be consulted to include biological testing of building materials and taking air quality samples with bioaerosols. Building owners who have experienced water damage must consider physical damage to property on finished surfaces, contents and HVAC systems, as well as biological problems stemming from contaminated water (category 3 water) and potential mold formation.
Professionals such as residential contractors, inspectors, or adjusters may be asked to prepare reports of water damage to homes. It is essential to prepare a comprehensive and detailed report assessing water damage in order to initiate insurance claims and plan restoration work. Category 3 water damage is the most dangerous and includes unsanitary items such as wastewater, bacteria, standing water from a flood, and the contents of a toilet overflow. If this type of water is present in your home, it's important to take immediate action to protect your family (and pets) from getting sick and damaging your home.