Water Restoration Services
Floods and flash floods are not uncommon in the Chicago area, and the damage caused by such events can be extensive if the restoration process does not begin as soon as possible.
Each water restoration process is unique, with the extent of the damage depending on which areas of the home have been affected by the flood. Immediately after placing the call, one of our technicians will arrive at the scene, perform an examination and offer an initial quote and a project timeline. Here is a summary of what you can expect afterwards from the 7 phases of a water restoration projects.
This is the first stage of any water restoration project. Once our technicians arrive, they will use specialized equipment to determine the moisture content of your walls and flooring, and compare it to the Illinois Institution of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) dry standards. This will help our technicians determine the scope of the project, and the equipment needed for a full recovery.
After the damage has been assessed, our technicians will ensure that no further damage occurs. Dehumidifiers will be used here in order to prevent mold growth, and they may be needed for up to a few days in particularly dire cases.
Once our equipment arrives at your location, it’s time to remove all standing water. We use dedicated shop vacuums to empty any affected room of water. The duration of this process is relative to the size of the room, the substrate that is being dried, and the quantity of water present.
With the water out of the way, it’s time to dry your walls and floor. To do this, we use giant air movers to circulate air from affected areas to the exterior of the home. We may also use drying mats, if you have hardwood floors, and remove base boards and drill holes into the drywall to help speed up the drying process. This may seem like extreme measures, but they are meant to prevent further damage.
Depending on how long the water have been in contact with the walls, partial (4 feet up) or full walls may have to be removed.
The containment and drying processes happen more or less simultaneously. As the drying equipment works in the background, our technicians will tape off wet areas of the home to concentrate heat and air flow. This will help speed up the entire water restoration project.
Once all the equipment is in place, the project is more or less on autopilot, and the home will dry as time goes by. However, technicians still have to routinely check equipment to ensure that everything is running smoothly. The dehumidifiers in particular have to be checked regularly for temperature and humidity. And, as rooms start to dry, our team will move the equipment to rooms still affected by moisture in order to further speed up the process.
Once the home is completely dry, our team will remove the equipment from your home, and perform a final cleanup. We will also offer a summary on the damaged cause to your home, any repairs that will be needed going forward, and advice on how to best proceed.