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News, Water Restoration Published February 27, 2019

The Advantages Of Hiring A Professional For Water Damage Restoration


The Advantages Of Hiring A Professional For Water Damage Restoration

Water damage restoration is defined as the process of restoring water-damaged items back to their original condition. Many homeowners think that they know how to properly handle water damage restoration jobs for their recently flooded or water-damaged homes. However, the process of restoring items which incurred some level of damage caused by water is a tedious and sometimes a delicate process.

Water damage restoration is not just about sucking up the excess water, disinfecting the item with bleach solution, adding deodorant, and then drying the item up with the use of an electric fan or under the sun for a few days.

Water damage restoration is more than this because the health of the flooded-home residents should also be taken into consideration. Many people, especially infants, have died due to improper water damage control done in their homes. Endotoxins which may come from bacteria that have grown in sewage water have caused numerous deaths in poorly-done water damage restoration jobs. Exposures to spores that are released by mold and mildew which grow on wet wallpapers have also caused hemorrhaging lungs and killed several infants.

Up to now, there are still no government regulations that dictate proper water damage restoration procedures. However, standards were set by the IICRC and the RIA to be used by restoration professionals as their guide to know if their job was properly done.

These are the reasons why professionals should be hired for all water damage restoration needs. Restoration of water-damaged homes to their original state should not be considered as just a “job” that anybody can do. Restoration should be considered as a profession that involves the application of scientific knowledge to better ensure the restoration of water-damaged materials as well as the health of the household.

Hiring a certified restoration professional has numerous advantages. First, if the house is insured against fire and water damage, the insurance can shoulder the cost of hiring a restoration expert. Also, many restoration companies offer a financing plan which can be catered to the paying capability of the homeowner.

A restoration professional will methodologically and scientifically assess the level of damage done by water first and then will give the homeowner a detailed list of the things that he will be doing to restore the home. Certified restoration professionals have the knowledge of the effect of water on different materials and therefore will now what to do about them. A water damage restoration professional will see to it that he has the best and latest drying equipment. Professionals will also be able to determine the best drying technique to use for different types of household items to fully restore them to their original states. For example, wet documents may need a different drying technique as compared to wet leather.

A water damage restoration expert will also know the different biohazards that water damage can bring as well as the different chemicals such as fungicides and anti-bacterial agents to help eliminate those biohazards.

Lastly, a certified restoration professional can be held liable for improper restoration of the house and can be sued in court if the homeowner is not fully satisfied with the quality of water damage restoration done on his home.