Water Damage Restoration Baltimore
When water damage has occurred in your home, speed is essential to minimize further destruction. To restore your home to its pre-damaged condition and avoid costly mistakes, it’s important to select the most qualified and experienced professionals. Water Damage Restoration Baltimore has been providing efficient, reliable water cleanup services on-time and on-budget since 15 years. We’ve helped thousands of homeowners and businesses throughout Baltimore MD and surrounding areas, recover from minor and major water damage.
Flood Damage and Water Cleanup Company in Baltimore MD
The damage caused by water is one of the most destructive things that can occur in your home or business. If not taken care of promptly, the problem quickly worsens and ultimately costs significant time and money to repair. Whether it is a broken or leaky pipe, a toilet or sink overflow, a slab leak, refrigerator, dishwasher or washing machine, or flooded basement, attic or crawlspace due to storms, we will find the source, stop the flooding, provide full extraction and structural drying, and then full damage restoration and rebuild.
Disasters can occur at any time. When you choose Water Damage Restoration Baltimore, you can count on a restoration professional to respond immediately to initiate emergency water damage restoration of your property. In less than 24 hours, you’ll even have a comprehensive estimate.
Advance Contracting’s water cleanup and repair process includes the following:
- We make sure the working environment is safe
- Inspect and identify the source and make sure no more flooding is happening
- Seal off the affected area to prevent other areas from being flooded or damaged
- Water Extraction with our powerful truck mounted system and portable extraction units
- Heavy-duty submersible and gas-powered pumps eliminates high water level
- Install drying equipment to prevent metal corrosion, swelling, warping of floors, walls and furniture
- Our moisture detectors, hygrometers and other meters measures moisture saturation
- Check for mold damage and make sure there is complete mold removal and remediation
- State-of-the-art sanitizing agents, germicides and anti-microbial treatments
- Full rebuild services to bring your home or business back to it’s original condition
Water damage can occur without warning at any home or business and cause ruined building materials, mold growth, soaked documents, and wrecked furniture. Whether the source of flooding comes from violent storms or a broken pipe in your bathroom, the aftermath can be devastating and you may not know where to start when it comes to cleanup efforts.
Calling in a professional water damage mitigation service can put you on the path toward recovery and knowing what to expect once help arrives may help you feel more confident about the process.
What Is Water Damage Mitigation?
Water Damage Baltimore, mitigation is performed to reduce the immediate impact of the flood. For example, when mitigation technicians arrive, they will likely review the situation and decide which actions should be taken right away to reduce the damage. This may include:
- Stemming the spread of floodwater
- Sealing off flooded rooms
- Removing items at risk for damage (electronics, etc.)
Mitigation may help lower the overall cost of flood repair and prevent adjacent areas from being impacted by contaminated water.
What Initial Steps Might Be Taken?
When your flood mitigation and restoration technicians arrive, one of the first steps they may take is to inspect the area and gauge how serious the issue is. For example, if you have United Water Restoration Group come to handle the aftermath of a flood, the company’s employees might first take note of the flooding’s source, remove or stem it, if possible, by shutting off your home or business’ water and formulate a plan to remove standing water the flood has left behind.
How Is The Water Drained Away?
No matter the nature of the flood at your home or business, one of the first steps remediation technicians may take after grading the water is to drain it. Large tanker trucks that utilize hoses may be brought in, as might portable underwater sump pumps. If you are experiencing a basement flood because your pump failed, technicians may use a trash pump to remove sand, mud, silt or other debris that entered your home due to an outdoor or sewer flood. Your mitigation workers may wear specialized equipment during this phase, especially if the water is Category 3, which usually contains raw sewage and other dangerous contaminants.
How Are Items Salvaged?
You may be concerned about your most valuable or precious belongings in the wake of a flood because not only can dirty water ruin upholstery and fabric, it may also leave foul odors behind. Your water damage mitigation technicians may be able to pull certain items from the flood, such as furniture, clothing, or important documents, to inspect and gauge whether they can be cleaned. Some porous items, such as plastic kitchen utensils or children’s toys, may need to be replaced.
Will Flood Cuts Be Performed?
If flood water has affected any drywall in your home or business, your flood remediation technicians may perform flood cuts in one or more rooms. These cuts are made into the wall about a foot above the water line to ensure the interior walls have not taken on water and that wiring and insulation have not been damaged. These cuts may also be made several days after the flood to check for mold growth, which can be common after a major flood. If mold is discovered behind your walls, the insulation and drywall itself will likely have to be replaced.
Does Homeowners’ Insurance Cover Remediation?
Extensive remediation may be necessary after a flood; however, you may not be certain if any part of your homeowners’ insurance will cover the cost. Your flood damage technicians may be able to advise you about some aspects of coverage, but it is wise to contact your local representative directly. Some policies do not cover outdoor flooding but if the source of the water damage was the result of a worn pipe in your rented apartment or a damaged water line owned by the county, you may not be responsible for covering the cost of remediation.
How Are Odors Removed?
Even when dirty floodwaters are removed, unpleasant odors may linger for days or even weeks. Your remediation professionals may discuss removal techniques with you, such as the use of ozone machines to clear the air in and around the area and use thermal foggers on furniture and other items you want to salvage. Persistent damp odors could signal the presence of mold, so you may want to have them inspected.
Knowing what to expect from your water damage mitigation and restoration technicians may help you feel less anxious about cleanup efforts, no matter the source of the flood. You can prepare for the process by asking questions so you are not caught unaware by the steps that may be taken to restore your property.