Water Damage Restoration
24/7 Water & Flood Damage Professionals in Frederick, MD
Time is of the essence when water damage affects your home, as it can be hugely detrimental to the structural integrity of your floors, ceilings, and home.
Dry House Restoration understands how water damage affects the different surfaces of your home dependent on the materials used, and we will work quickly to ensure that minimal damage is done so the restoration process is more efficient.
If you are in need of flooded home clean-up, then contact us today. You will be able to get a rapid response because we have service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We can also work with insurance companies. Furthermore, our company is known for its excellent service.
Has a storm left water all throughout your basement? Did your toilet or sink clog causing water to go everywhere? Rainfall, snow, storms and water main breaks can all lead to catastrophic flooding in your home. We can handle removing dangerous flood water and thoroughly drying your property out to limit water damage.
Common Questions About Water Damage Restoration
Water damage restoration involves a variety of services that help fix your property after it's been exposed to moisture. Although the exact methods vary based on the type and extent of the damage, the general process involves five steps:
- Inspection & Assessment: First, the professionals will classify the extent of the damage and the type of contamination. They will also map out the affected areas. If conditions are particularly bad, they may advise you to evacuate until they've completed the first few stages of restoration.
- Water Removal: Removal may be started at the same time as the assessment, depending on the severity of the flooding. The professionals will use heavy-duty pumps to remove standing water as quickly as possible before proceeding.
- Drying: Removing the standing water is not enough. The next step is to dehumidify the room while simultaneously drying as much of its contents as possible. This process can take days, but it's critical to prevent further damage.>
- Cleaning: Next, the restoration team will sanitize the home to remove contaminants and mold.
- Final Restoration: After cleaning, the home is no longer in danger of further damage from mold or moisture. The goal then becomes returning things to their pre-flood state by repairing or replacing anything that was damaged.
Your restoration team will make sure you understand what is happening at each stage of the process.
Water damage takes many forms, not all of which are visible to the naked eye. Some manifestations include:
- Warped or swollen wood
- Stained walls or ceilings
- Sagging ceilings
- Mold growth
- Lingering odors
By the time you notice any of these signs, the damage may be extensive and may include deteriorating foundations or insulation. Contact a professional right away.
- The source of the water is harmful to human health. For instance, if your flooding was sewage-related, you might be exposed to pathogens if you remain in the house. These situations, involving what is known as black water, must always be handled by trained professionals.
- The damage is extensive. In very severe cases the damage can render your home unsafe, and you will be advised to evacuate until the structure is more stable.
- Storms and floods
- Burst pipes
- Appliance malfunctions
- Sewage backups
- Roof leaks
- Slow, undetected leaks
A common and dangerous misconception about such damage is that you can always notice it by looking. Unfortunately, this isn't the case. Many materials in your house are porous, meaning that they absorb and retain water. This includes wood, carpet, and upholstery, among other materials.
Even if you can't see puddles or stains, dampness can easily be lurking beneath the surface of these materials, serving as a perfect breeding ground for mold and mildew. Moisture can also seep through to your insulation or carpet padding, potentially destroying it, all without your knowledge. Restoration professionals draw on special tools and extensive experience with water damage to identify hidden problem areas.
Any time you experience a significant leak or flood, you should consult a professional to perform a damage assessment. Even seemingly minor leaks can have widespread impacts on your home, so it's best to have your property inspected as soon as you notice the problem.
Call as soon as possible as even a few hours of delay can allow damage to worsen. Dry House is staffed and available 24/7 to take your calls.
When you contact a water damage restoration company, one of its first goals will be to assess and classify the damage. Depending on its findings, your services will likely include the following:
- Removal of completely unsalvageable items and structures
- Dehumidifying the room to speed the drying process
- Drying the affected areas using vacuums, fans, and pumps
- Sanitizing and deodorizing contaminated materials
- Replacing damaged padding, insulation, carpeting, and upholstery
By the end, your home should largely be in the same state that it was before the damage occurred.
- If possible, stop the source. If the source is an appliance, turn off your water. If it's a leak from outside, do what you can to seal the gap. Contact an emergency plumber, if necessary.
- Call a restoration service. Once your property is out of immediate danger, call a professional restoration service for further guidance. You’ll want to work with a company that is available 24/7 for emergency consultations and repairs. You should never feel that you have to tackle a property-threatening situation on your own.
- Dry what you can. While waiting for restoration services to arrive, dry what you can if it is safe to do so. Use towels, dehumidifiers, and fans, as appropriate, to remove as much water as possible. Do not approach the pooling if there is a risk of exposed electrical elements, such as after a storm, or if the water is clearly contaminated, such as after a sewage leak.
- Keep the area ventilated. If possible, keep air moving in the room. This helps facilitate the drying process.
Unfortunately, not all damage is preventable. Still, there are some steps you can take to protect your property:
- Address leaks promptly, and be alert for water stains, musty smells, and other signs of hidden moisture.
- Repair or replace aging appliances if they begin to cause problems.
- Keep gutters clear.
- Know how to shut off your main water supply. If you have older children, teach them, too.
These pointers can help prevent some of the most common causes of damage, but you should still be attentive to signs of leaking or flooding.
Why Hire a Water Damage Restoration Company
protect your investment
Nothing ruins an investment property faster than water. Without fast action, water causes extensive damage that is extremely costly to repair. That’s why you need Dry House Restoration to help fix the damage quickly and efficiently.