How to dry your property after water damage?
Water damage in your home or business is never convenient and can strike anytime. We see a variety of types of water loss in residential homes and commercial properties. These include:
- Water loss from a broken water hose
- Broken water or flexi hose under sinks and basins
- Washing machines leaking water during the wash cycle
- Washing machines waste hoses flooding laundrys and water flooding into adjoinung rooms like lounge rooms
- Hot water system can leak water causing large flooding of your home, flooding of a multi storey building or apartment
- House flooding can be a result of a leaking tap, with a plug in the drain
- Sometimes flooding occurs from an external issue, say a sewage backup in the street that creates a backflow into bathrooms and showers
- Water can also flood houses from leaking roofs in a storm
- Storm damage caused by falling trees or broken windows allowing water into homes
- Water flooding through houses can be caused from adjoining property's and swimming pools overflowing water into homes
There are a multitude of reasons why you can find your home or office in a water disaster situation, all of which can cause stress and worry.
There is good news when disaster strikes. There is often a solution we can provide to protect your property from water damage and the secondary damage that will occur if not dealt with correctly and professionally by qualified technicians. In most cases compelete structures, contents and flooring can be dried and restored, avoiding the hassel and inconvience of rebuilding water effected properties.
Being prepared is the key
Most of us may not be prepared for a water loss when it occurs, we maybe away at work or at worst overseas when disaster strikes. Here is a few simple steps to take to insure you and your family are prepared in such a case.
- Have appropriate Home & contents insurance or business insurance. Know what you are and are not covered for. For example you may not be covered for mould, which might not be a problem in your property at present, this could change if a pipe in the wall is slowly leaking and a week or so passes before the water damage is identified.
- Document and photograph your contents and keep a copy of reciepts, and other relevant paperwork
- It's a good idea if possible to keep duplicates of important paperwork, photos and other such items. You may consider backing up these items and other electronic data on secondary storage drives, in case of the primary devices being water damaged
- Turning water off at mains when away on holidays or extended periods of time is a good precaution to avoid large damge from water loss.
Know your rights and options
- A review of your insurance policy will explain the specifics and terms of your policy, if you use a broker they can help clarify questions and will help you through the claim process.
- When a disaster strikes a quick response is critical to saving and restoring properties effected. You have 2 choices
- Call us directly on our 24/7 emergency water damage response number 0405 187 007 and we will guide you through the process, extract excess water, moisture mapping and report on the loss. We can then advise on the steps required to begin the drying and restoration process. We can organise your claim and help you throughout the process
- Call your insurance company or broker and they will apoint a restorer from their panel to attend when they are available
- If you choose to select your own restoration company, choosing the right one will often provide increased service levels and they usually take the extra time to complete the job to a high standard. Remember they were engaged by you and they will work for you to obtain the best possible result to return your property to a pre loss standard.
How we dry your property
We employ a variety of techniques, knowledge and experience to achieve the drying target. In a general sense we follow the principles of psychrometry to determine physical and thermodynamic properties of gas-vapor mixtures. Simply put, wet chases dry, and as we create the optimal drying conditions the surrounding wet areas become drier, as the environment seek an equilibrium. Some common equipment we use to support this control is commercial dehumidifiers, air movers, air scrubbers, direct in hoses, Heat mats, negative chambers / panels and a variety of other specialist items.