When water damages your home or business, one of the problems faced is how to repair it all. Polluted water means you have to spend money of getting damaged and contaminated furniture and carpeting removed. There are companies that specialize in restoration, and they have the skills and equipment necessary to repair the damage.
What is needed?
1. Workers need to be experts and be trained in water damage restoration.
2. Devices needed for removing moisture from the air Chemical cleaning agents, microbial solutions needed for washing the walls and floors to remove contaminates are needed, and workers will use moisture detection devices for spotting areas.
3. Demolition tools for heavily damaged sites will also be needed to remove compromised sections.
4. It’s a good idea to have a professional service to document the materials worst affected by the water damage.
What a technician needs to know?
Before a restoration, the professional service called in to repair the damage to the site will have performed an inspection, using tools for detecting badly damaged areas. But technicians will take with them moisture detection tools with them because using eyesight will not work when looking for the worst of the damage.
As the property dries out, the moisture detection tool will precisely note down the readings to check the progress of the job.
What the technician needs to wear?
Safety wear is important for technicians.
1. Full body protective wear.
2. Rubber gloves.
3. Rubber gloves.
4. Safety boots.
5. Goggles or glasses.
6. A respirator – this is important because it will prevent the technician from inhaling dangerous airborne contaminates.
Products for water restoration.
1. Carpet cleaning extraction agents -shampoos, rinsing agents, powders.
2. Deodorizers to remove smells.
3. Dry cleaning agents -micro sponges impregnated with cleaning agents for a low moisture cleaning of carpets or floors.
6. Moisture meters.
7. Air movers.
8. Airborne odor removal and particulate cleaning equipment.
Under the IIRC’s standard reference guide for water damage restoration, water has been broken off into three categories.
1. Water is from a clean source – toilet tank, sink or faucet, water pipes, bottled water.
2. Water with some level of contamination that can cause problems if ingested – water from the toilet with some urine, washing machine overflow.
3. Category 3 water is trulyunsanitary and can kill if drunk. This water comes from sewage, water from rivers and streams that have burst, wind driven rain, water from the toilet trap, water from the toilet bowl with fecal matter, standing water with microbial growth inside.
Damage from flooding has been divided into classes.
Class 1 -Water that only affects part of a room or area, or large areas containing materials that have absorbed minimal moisture.
Class 2 -Water that affects an entire room or area with moisture still in plywood, concrete and structural wood.
Class 3 -Greatest amount of water, absorption and evaporation. The entire area is saturated, coming from overhead affecting ceilings.
Class 4 – Specialty drying situations which consists of wet materials with low porosity – hardwood, plaster, brick, stone and concrete with typically deep pockets of saturation. These require very low specific humidity.