Flood remediation requires a lot of preparation and assessment before the real work can even start. The first thing that needs to be done is to find what caused the flood. There is a huge difference in the way the work is conducted depending on the source of water. For, example if the source of the flood is a sewage water leak, then special precautions are taken because of the possibility of contamination and bodily infection. In the case of a flood caused by a slab leak, we take completely different measures.
Another thing that needs to be determined before any remediation work takes place, is if the building or house is contaminated. The water doesn’t have to be contaminated at the source, but it could pick up harmful chemicals and substances during the flood. This is very important because the health of workers and the future health of residents is at stake. Additionally, knowing the construction materials that went into the building will greatly help during mitigation work because it may affect the drying process of the building.
Preparation for flood remediation work
After the source of the flood and possibility of contamination has been determined, next comes the preparation stage. Typically, this consists of three parts – sanitizing, stripping and drying. Before any work starts, every little part of the house needs to be sanitized because in almost all situations bacteria enters with flood waters regardless of the water source.
Next up is stripping the house of everything that is affected by the flood. This includes furniture, decorative pieces, floor coverings and everything else that was affected even the slightest. Everything needs to be properly removed and disposed of in accordance with local regulations. Once this is done we can proceed with the drying process.
The aim of this process is to dry out any moisture that was created by the flood and not to fix previous damp problems in the house. These issues can be fixed later on by the owners of the house or by our team during the remediation process. The house is considered dry once no further deterioration of the structure of the house is expected. After this process, our team will assess the damage done to the house and what it takes to bring the house to its previous state in the reasonable amount of time.
Remediation to the walls and floors
The whole process of the remediation is pretty straightforward and our workers are well trained to carry it out. There are easy solutions like cavity drainage membranes that are inserted into the walls and floors that even help prevent new water damage to them. In the case of wooden floors and walls, additional inspections are needed. Timber decay if left untreated, can spread through the whole frame. Luckily, our skilled workers come equipped with all necessary equipment required to treat such decay.