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Homeowners who have experienced water damage in Laguna Beach will be pleased to learn that there is a fast and easy way to reverse water damage in almost any home. SERVPRO of Laguna Beach and Dana Point offers fast, professional treatment to prevent water damage and to reverse the problems caused by excessive moisture. SERVPRO of Laguna Beach offers the very best in professional water damage control and cleanup to Orange County residents.
What Are the Major Causes of Home Water Damage?
Orange County homeowners may suffer water damage from a variety of causes. Water damage can occur when there is flooding, when a major appliance such as a hot water heater breaks, or when a roof leak leads to interior wall, ceiling or floor damage.
Water damage restoration is not a job that should be undertaken by those without the proper training. In fact, trying to control water damage without the right techniques or equipment can actually make the problem worse.
SERVPRO of Laguna Beach and Dana Point can help you recover from water damage and restore your home to its original condition. SERVPRO professionals have the experience, techniques and equipment to help you fight water damage and make it “Like It Never Even Happened.”
What Can Be Salvaged After Water Damage?
There are some items that can be salvaged after water damage and some that cannot. The following table will help you understand which items are salvageable and which ones must be discarded, as well as the techniques involved in saving these items.
|Paper—anything made of paper including books, financial records and other paper or printed material||Discard in most cases; however, if something is particularly valuable, make photocopies before discarding. You can also try freezing paper items to save them.|
|Carpet and carpet backing—not padding, which must be discarded||Clean by removing water with extraction tools and reduce humidity while carpet dries. Fans can also be used to assist in drying. Chemicals may be added to steam cleaners to kill bacteria and mold. After 48 hours, carpet may be beyond repair and must be discarded.|
|Ceiling Tiles||Discard. Cannot be saved and are usually cheaper to replace.|
|Insulation||Discard insulation in walls, particularly if it contains cellulose. Replace with new insulation when walls are completely dry.|
|Concrete||Concrete can be washed and thoroughly dried with dehumidifiers, fans and other air-circulation devices. Be sure to use anti-bacterial cleaning agents to remove microbes and a heavy-duty detergent to remove dirt. Water can saturate concrete and soak into pores, so be sure to keep clean.|
|Linoleum||Clean with a concentrated anti-bacterial detergent. Be sure sub-floor is completely dry as well. Dry floor with fans, dehumidifiers and other drying techniques.|
|Tile||Scrub thoroughly with strong detergent. Be sure to seal grout after cleaning.|
|Drywall||If the drywall has been wetted and is swelling, remove and replace. Chimney dry the interior of the wall by cutting a vent in the top as well as the bottom. Be sure to remove any wetted insulation and replace.|
|Upholstery||Most upholstery can be deep cleaned with a steam tool and dried within 48 hours of being wetted. However, some older upholstery may require special treatment. You may also want to remove the outer cover of a piece of furniture, launder it separately and re-stuff the piece before recovering.|
|Drapes and Curtains||Remove from rods for separate laundering and drying or dry cleaning. Do not attempt to clean in place.|
|Plastic||Clean with anti-bacterial soap and water and allow to dry completely.|
|Wood||Wood may be washed and dried immediately after being wetted. After cleaning, you may want to cover the wood with a good oil coating to bring out the beauty and nourish the wood.|
What If I Have Mold Growth?
When it comes to mold growth, a professional opinion is well worth the time and effort. Mold can cause serious problems for someone who is sensitive and even for those who are usually resistant to allergens. Some molds give off dangerous toxins and can cause serious illnesses.
If there is mold on an item, the guidelines for cleaning depend on how bad the infestation is and how widespread. There are several things to consider when assessing a mold problem. Most experts treat mold through at least one of four methods:
- Method 1: Wet vacuum or steam clean. While some mold spores may remain in porous materials, these spores will not grow if they are treated properly and the item is dried immediately. This is a good alternative for many carpets and upholstered furniture.
- Method 2: Wipe surfaces with plain water or a detergent solution and scrub. This is a good method for non-porous, easily-reached surfaces.
- Method 3: High-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) vacuum after drying thoroughly. Well-sealed plastic bags should be used for collecting HEPA vacuum contents.
- Method 4: All contaminated water and other materials should be disposed of in air-tight bags to avoid recontamination.
Those engaged in water damage cleanup have a choice of several levels of PPE or personal protective equipment. PPE must be worn whenever water damage and cleanup is addressed, but the level needed depends on the amount of mold that may be in the home. PPE is divided into three classifications:
- Minimum: Non-porous gloves, N-95 respirator and goggles or other eye protection
- Limited: Non-porous gloves, N-95 respirator or a half-face respirator with HEPA filter, disposable overalls and eye protection
- Full: Non-porous gloves, disposable full body covering including head gear and foot coverings and a full-face respirator with HEPA filter
Finally, cleanup professionals should use containment measures to prevent the spread of mold throughout the home. There are two levels of containment. The appropriate level is dependent on the level of mold in the home:
- Limited: Cleanup technicians should use polyethylene sheeting from the ceiling to the floor around affected area. A slit entry with covering flap can be created to allow access. Negative pressure should be maintained and supply and return air vents covered within the containment zone.
- Full: Cleanup technicians should use fire-retardant polyethylene sheeting in two layers with an airlock chamber between. Negative pressure should be maintained int eh area with a HEPA-filtered fan that exhausts outside the building. Supply and return vents should be blocked.
Contact SERVPRO today to learn more about how to handle water damage and mold buildup in your home.