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Restoration 101: Water Damage

Remember the saying “Time is of the essence”? That is certainly true of water damage in your home. When you face a water emergency, know that immediate response is the key to preventing unnecessary damage. From carpet delamination and mold contamination to hardwood floor crowning and damaged furnishings, the results of waiting too long to begin water mitigation can be costly.

With ServiceMaster Clean in a Wink’s quick response, however, water damage can be minimized.

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How does water mitigation work? 

Here are some quick facts on the process to arm you with the information you need.

  • Mitigation can be performed on carpet, wood floors and sometimes on furnishings, walls, ceilings and other structural materials.
  • Carpet mitigation involves removing contents from affected rooms, removing all surface water from the carpet and checking crawl spaces for standing water. The decision on whether the carpet must be removed or can be salvaged will be determined by assessing which of the three water categories caused the damage: clean water, gray water or black water.
  • Options for drying wood floors include tenting the floor, which takes 7 to 14 days, or using a negative air pressure system that requires as little as 3 to 5 days. One of our restoration specialists will evaluate the damage and select the technique that is most appropriate for the job.
  • All drying requires air movement and dehumidification. The basic concept of dehumidification can be understood by thinking of the air as a sponge and the dehumidifier as a wringer. Just like a dry sponge can absorb more water than a wet one, dry air can absorb more moisture than humid air. ServiceMaster Clean in a Wink’s water drying process uses a combination of high velocity air movers and dehumidifiers to remove moisture from the air and replace it with less humid air.

For more information about 24/7/365 emergency water mitigation or mold remediation, contact our office at .