Floods are a common phenomenon in
homes. At times flooding may result from natural disasters like river
flooding, pluvial flooding or coastal flooding. Most of the times
however, floods in homes are as a result of bursting of water pipes,
commonly referred to as plumbing flooding. Water damage restoration
is a process that involves restoring property or an environment back
to its original state after undergoing damage by any level of
When pipes burst in homes, fixtures, or appliances leak. If the leaking is not countered with immediate effect, it eventually results to plumbing flooding. Flood restoration in homes first entails shutting off the main water. After turning off the meter, the hot water shutoff, toilet shutoff, sink shutoff, and the dishwasher shutoff follow. The flooded water is extracted thoroughly and then the house is dried. Drying is done using special air movement fans and dehumidifiers. Afterwards sanitization and deodorization are keenly done, while cleaning all the furniture and carpets, in order to achieve complete flood restoration. When the drying process is complete, all dry contents and walls should be examined to ensure there is no mold, mildew, or bacterial growth.
Flood plumbing can cause a lot of damage on the walls, floors and all property located in the flooded area. The basement is the most common flooding area in any home. Flooding in the basement can go as far as resembling a pool area. This gives room for the potential growth of more problems like electricity failure and mold growth. Molds thrive in damp areas on material such as wood and carpeting, and are likely to spread at a very high rate. They are known to cause a number of health problems, which include breathing difficulty, headaches, and congestion. Mold removal is a very difficult task especially if they end up spreading in the whole house. Several products are effective for mold removal: Bleach, borax, vinegar, ammonia, hydrogen peroxide, detergents, and vinegar are a few examples. If the mold effect is adverse, it is necessary to contact skilled professionals like Hygiene Consultants or Environmental and Ecological Consultants to handle the situation.
Assessing the damage done to the water system is the initial step in water restoration. The plumber then carries out the necessary repairs; it might involve fixing new pipes or replacing a few valves. The water system is opened from the meter to the taps for water to flow. The water flow is closely monitored to ensure that full restoration has been established. Since plumbing failures are the most common causes of the flooding, an experienced plumber should be employed to ensure the repairs are perfectly done.
In order to prevent property from water damage, the flooded water has to be removed in good time. It is very essential to try as much as possible to avoid major flooding once any traces of possible flooding are noticed in a home. However if the situation gets out of hand, the homeowner must contact a water restoration company before more adverse damage occurs.