Water & Flood Damage
Your Best Choice For Water Extraction & Water Damage Restoration
It is ever too common to be amongst the group of victims that suffer from flood and water damage. Any and all structures are subject to water damage particularly due to sump pump failure, faulty pipes, air conditioning leaks, roof/masonry leaks, sewage backup or natural disasters. Therefore fast response and quick dry out is more than ever important in these types of situations. Because mold can start to develop within 24-48 hours after water damage. Whether it is a residential setting or commercial setting we are equipped to handle it all. Above all choose a trained company capable of handling these specialized situations – choose Dry Effect.
Access and Evaluate the issue, while Documenting with Pictures
- Electricity and water do not mix. Be cautious of your surroundings.
- Step with caution. Slippery wet carpets and floors may be a concern.
- Sewage back up has many health-hazardous contaminates.
- Use protective gloves, boots, mask, and respirators as needed if handling contaminated debris or liquids.
- Hand washing is still the most effective way to prevent spreading infection or illness.
Never Skip the Most Important Step: Safety
- Ceiling buckling or caving?- Avoid area until professional can relieve water pressure causing buckling.
- If possible stop water source.
- If water pipe burst-Turn off valve at water main.
- Air conditioner leaking-Turn off HVAC system until the problem can be addressed professionally.
Rescue Valuable Items
- Do not spend a great deal of time retrieving or cleaning items as the further delay from mitigating your home will cause further damage.
Do not use fans before determining that the water is clean or sanitary
Choose a Water & Flood Damage Restoration Specialist
General contractors and handymen may be seen as a more cost-effective solution. But they are not always educated or armed with the necessary equipment to properly remediate the structure that could contain potential mold, sewage or hazardous debris.
Only companies with the training and experience have the skilled techniques available to properly dry out your property.
IICRC certified technicians and firms have been recognized by the IICRC for their education and training by professionals in the field- It is imperative you request for their licensing, certifications and insurance from the companies you are considering. It is very common for an insurance provider to insist you hire their preferred vendors, what does this really mean for you as the customer?
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Water & Flood Damage Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is IICRC?
a. The IICRC is a certification and standard-setting non-profit organization for the inspection, cleaning and restoration industries. The IICRC also ensures that when consumers hire a clean trust-Certified Firm or technician, they have hired experts who will provide reasonable assurance that work will be completed in accordance with the industry’s “standard of care.”
2. What is the difference between mitigation vs. restoration?
a. Mitigation refers to the necessary process to prevent further water damage from occurring after a water loss. Most commonly referred to the drying process. b. Restoration refers to the necessary work performed to restore your home back to the normal conditions prior to a water loss. Most commonly referred to pre-loss condition.
3. It is after normal business hours. Is it necessary to call now?
a. It is vital to start the drying process in the first 24 hours or less of a water loss as microbial growth can begin to germinate after that time period. Dry Effect has 24/7 emergency response team that is equipped to handle any water loss, any time.
4. What is CAT 3?
a. Water is classified into 3 categories to identify if the source of water contains a potential threat to humans. i. CAT 1 Water- Refers to a source of water that does not pose a hazard if consumed by humans. This often refers to burst water pipes or another clean source of water, but if this water source becomes in contact with other materials (walls, flooring, decking) it has a potential to become contaminated with the soils within those materials. Once this occurs it will progress to the following category. ii. CAT 2- Refers to a source of water that contains some degree of contamination that may cause an illness if consumed by humans. iii. CAT 3- Refers to source of water that is grossly contaminated that will cause death or serious illness if consumed by humans. All sewage and most natural disasters are considered CAT 3.
5. How much will this cost?
a. All pricing is through the industries standard Xactimate estimating software which is in within the guidelines and expectations of insurance adjusters. This will eliminate any potential conflicts regarding the price-list as it is generated by Xactimate estimating software.
6. How long should I expect the process to take?
a. Every water loss is different due to there are many variables that dictate this time frame such as temperature, humidity, amount of saturation, type of materials affected and when the damage occurred. Materials and Equipment will be constantly monitored to ensure the drying process is progressing to normal conditions. Typically, the dry out process will take on average three days, but could take longer.
7. Why are there so many frequent visits?
a. We must frequently and closely monitor the equipment and progress of materials drying which needs to be completed on a daily occurrence. Access will need to be provided to complete the drying out process which may include moving, adding, or remove equipment; and checking humidity and temperature readings.
8. Can I turn off the equipment? Open windows?
a. It is vital that all equipment remains on for the entire mitigation process to be performed properly as well as in a timely manner. Though we understand the loud noise and conditions it causes in the home it is important that all equipment is powered to provide optimal results. Turning off equipment will only increase the drying time as well secondary damage such as microbial growth. Depending on the conditions that are calculated outside and inside the home, it will be recommended at that time whether it will help to open windows or doors.
9. What are the chemicals being sprayed or applied?
a. It is common to apply an antimicrobial agent to kill the present microorganisms and inhibiting their growth. Any product used on your residence will be supplied with an MSDS if requested. These products are considered relatively non-toxic and due to the variety available many are environmental friendly.
10. There is a lot of equipment running. How much is this going to cost me?
a. We have made every effort to use equipment that maximizes the fastest drying time but consumes the least amount of power necessary to achieve the best drying time and results. Below is an approximate cost for each piece of equipment. AIR MOVERS $1.30 AXIAL FANS $0.44 60 PINTS REFRIGERANT DEHUMIDIFIERS $1.74 120 PINTS REFRIGERANT DEHUMIDIFIERS $1.74 200 PINTS REFRIGERANT DEHUMIDIFIERS $3.05 SMALL DESICCANT DEHUMIDIFERS $6.50 LARGE DESICCANT DEHUMIDIFERS $13.00 AIR SCRUBBER $0.78 LARGE AIR SCRUBBER $1.56 WOOD FLOOR DRYING SYSTEM $3.10 WALL DRYING SYSTEM-DUCTED $1.30 WALL DRYING SYSTEM-INJECTOR $1.32
11. Who do I contact after mitigation?
a. Dry Effect has the capability to perform the restoration portion of the process. You are welcome to, but not obligated to hire us to perform those repairs. It will be your responsibility to hire a general contractor if you choose to do so.