When it Comes to Water Damage, Timing is Everything
If your Woodbury home has experienced water damage, whether from a pipe burst, an appliance line leak or a flooded basement, calling a restoration company immediately will reduce the damage to your home and possessions. The sayings "time is of the essence" and "there's no time to waste" are applicable here. The longer that your home is left untreated, the greater the effects of the water damage will be.
What might appear as a water stain in the morning could progress to the ceiling having fallen on your couch by noon. Once wet, sheetrock can quickly deteriorate and fall to pieces. As time passes after a water damage event, the flooding can cause your porous furnishings such as carpeting, mattresses and furniture to become water logged, rendering them unsalvageable. Home insulation and carpet padding also retain moisture. Electronics are susceptible to internal degradation from the moisture in the air. When treated quickly, wood and laminate flooring can often be saved using our floor mat system however if left to penetrate and go beneath the wood to the subfloor, this option is unlikely.
Secondary water damage issues can also arise if restoration is delayed. What may have entered your home as clean water, such as an ice dam melting through your ceiling or water from a faucet leaking, may become contaminated and change to gray or black water, which can be a health concern and require a higher degree of handling. The growth of mold spores is also a concern when a home has had flooding that goes untreated.
Upon arrival to your home after we receive your call, one our estimators will assess the damage. If you have not yet determined the cause of the water damage, their first course of action will be to do so. Our technicians use a variety of tools such as moisture readers and sensors, probes and infrared technology in their evaluation. This, coupled with decades of experience and the highest level of industry training, gives them an accurate picture of the situation.
Typically, our first course of treatment is to remove any standing water from your home using water extractors, submersible pumps, dehumidifiers and air movers. If necessary, we will order dumpsters to be brought to your home for the disposal of unsalvageable personal items and structural materials such as flooring, carpeting and wallboard. Our crew may also move household belongings from your home to our storage facility while your home is being cleaned. They may also restore some items such as furniture, area rugs, and photos off site. Throughout the process, our office staff will communicate with your insurance company to address any concerns and gain approval for planned restoration work.
After we have removed the excess water from your home, we begin sanitizing it. We use both wet and dry cleaning methods to remove dirt and pollution from the carpets, walls, furniture, baseboards, appliances and pieces of furniture that were affected by the water. Industrial air scrubbers, which clean the air by passing it through special filters, remove any contaminants from the air of the home. Our crew uses antibacterial and antimicrobial treatments to sanitize and disinfect any contaminated items and deodorization to eliminate any odors.
Once your home is dry, clean and restored, we are able to bring your household items back, have the dumpsters removed and move our equipment out. Although each water damage restoration job we encounter is unique, our essential approach is consistent. At SERVPRO of Southbury/Torrington, our goal is to arrive at your home and begin the water damage process quickly after receiving your call, restore it professionally and thoroughly and help you get back to normalcy. If you experience water damage in the Southbury area, call our office at (203) 267-6262. We are available 24 hours a day and have staff ready to respond to your call.