Flooding can reap untold havoc on personal property. When flood affects a property, water damage can happen in a lot of ways & affect various parts of the house. It causes rotting of wood, fungus growth, rusting of steel & de-lamination of materials such as plywood etc. When flooding occurs, the damage caused by water is not always readily visible so that it may be redressed instantly. Sometimes, many years on, damage in the form of water spots etc. crop up to prolong the agony & suffering of the inhabitants.
Water damage may be of varying degrees of magnitude & can be categorised in three different ways. Category one water damage does not pose any clear & present danger to human beings & may even be classified as “clean water”. Chiefly, these include malfunctioning water supply lines or water related appliances like filters, refrigerators etc. Category two water damage or “grey water” refers to water body that is severely contaminated by chemical or biological elements which could cause illness in human beings. This happens due to a collapsed sewage disposal unit or septic tank but may also result from broken dishwashers or washing machines that discharge dirty water. The final category or category three water damage or “black water” is contamination from bacteria, fungi or viruses which can lead to serious ailments in humans including long term physical damage or even fatality. This kind of contamination results from rising sea levels, overflowing of rivers or streams or stagnation of ground water.
Water damage can further be categorised into classes. Under class one, the affected materials allow minimal seepage & are mostly immune to water permeance. When water damage affects an entire room including carpets, cushions & walls, it is classified as class two water damage. When water damage is much more severe & affects the entire area including overheads, ceilings, insulations as well as all area & materials already categorised under class two, it comes under class three water damage. The final category of class four includes materials such as hardwood floors, concrete, plaster & other materials that would usually take arduous & tedious means of clean up.
Water restoration chiefly depends upon two things – the category or class of water damage being dealt with & and the amount of time that category or class of water damage has endured. For example, water damage that is non toxic (not from sewage or septic tanks) & has not occurred for more than 48 hours to textile based materials such as carpets, rugs, cushion etc. is not permanent & in these cases the affected need not be replaced but restored by professionals.
It could affect your plaster or wood on your partition walls. Your foundation walls which are built out of concrete could be affected. The foundation ground slab which is also always built of concrete could be damaged by flood water. The flooring of your house which is either built out of timber or concrete can get affected by flood water. In addition to your flooring, supporting structures such as joist could also be affected by flood water. Textile material such as the carpeting upon your floor is prone to damage when affected by flood water. Not only the textile on your floor but even insulation materials such pugging, soffits or lagging may be damaged due to water. Internal walls which may be built out of bricks, concrete, plasterboard or timber frame; stone or cob masonry; cavity walls & gravel floor slabs can all be potentially damaged by flood water. In extreme cases, depending upon the severity of the flooding, concrete roofs, suspended ceilings, ceiling tiles, voids & conduits may also be affected by flood water.
At EZ Flood Restoration, we understand the importance of swift action to address flood related damage. Our team of veteran experts bring years of experience & training to the table. Our highly skilled technicians promptly conduct a cost benefit analysis to figure out the best possible way out for our clients’ so as to minimise their financial loss. We use the most cutting edge & state of the art technology to dry, dehumidify & sanitise the affected property. During the work up, we document every step of the process for ready reference in the future in case of a relapse. During the course of our clean up, we maintain a quiet & discreet presence in your home so as to cause you the least amount of inconvenience as you go about your daily activities.
Once we are done, we deodorise the property for comfort & ease of our clients. Furthermore, we continue to monitor the affected property to ensure moulds etc. do not occur from seepage & accumulation.