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Water Damage Restoration Hopatcong NJ

Things you should know about water damage restoration in Sussex County NJ. The IICRC has a standard for water damage restoration. The IICRC stands for the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification. This is the restoration code, named S500, for how we deal with water that has inundated the home or as its commonly called flood damage repair or water damage restoration. For a large part water damage restoration and water damage cleanup comes down to some very basic steps. These steps include determining what class (sanitary, non sanitary, grossly contaminated) and category(level of inundation such as some water on the floor, water moving up the wall several inches, or walls and ceilings inundated with water-often called catastrophic)of water loss or water damage we are dealing with, eliminating the excess water, and drying the rest using a variety of techniques and equipment to do it quickly, safely and for the lowest price. Above all, it deals with the safety of the workers as well as the occupants of the structure. Many people feel that flood restoration or flood damage repair is a simple task, but they are very wrong. There is a science behind restoration and it is called psychrometrics. Cleaning up water that has leaked into your ceiling or floors due to an ice dam, a pipe leak, a toilet backup is not always as easy at it looks. Moisture that is allowed to dwell over time in these areas can create secondary damage that needs to be repaired. It is best to clean and sanitize these areas of wetness as soon as possible. Drying these areas with dehumidfication units (large commercial grade dehumidifiers-not small store bought units) is the fastest and most efficient method of drying.

This is the relationship between air and water vapor. Using a psychrometric chart we can establish the grains per pound, dew point the vapor pressure and relative humidity. We can use either a chart once we get air temperature and relative humidity or we can use a handheld meter that will tell us everything we need to know to determine if we are properly drying walls, the ceiling or the other materials that are involved in cleaning up and restoring the property from the flood. Once the category and class of water has been determined we will then have a blueprint on what has to be done to restore the property to its original use. It is very important that the restoration process start as soon as possible. The purpose is to reduce overall damage and reduce the risk of a mold issue. If you allow items to stay wet for longer than 72 hours it is highly probable that you have mold beginning to grow. And once mold starts to grow the restoration process becomes much harder and much more expensive

Some things to consider when your home needs water damage cleanup.

  • Are the walls discolored or looking a little out of sorts? Are there leftover water marks that are on the walls looking a bit odd and disgusting?
  • Is there a bad smell? By that I mean is there a musty smell? a earthy smell? Or a foul-stench smell?

These are all dead giveaways of the onset of mold and various fungal spores.

There are ways to look for various water marks that are left behind that might become mold and fungal spores.

  • Look for standing water marks and open condensation. Are there any water leaks underneath certain areas of the house or office.
  • Look under everything. And everything includes carpets, drapes and cabinets

Once you do these, there are ways to get rid of this problem.

  • Clean all areas within 24 to 48 hours. Open up doors and windows to get rid of the nasty smell.
  • Clean all surfaces with water and detergent. Leave no surface untouched. The idea is to get to the mold before it gets to you and your family.

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