Initial Response to Water Damage

A quick response to water damage can prove vital. This will help restore as much of the property and belongings as possible. The initial response for water damage is a homeowner’s first defense and can prevent the complications that can arise from unresolved damage.

Preliminary Determination

Water damage experts will determine the category of water and its health risks. Is the water from a clean source, like a water fountain? Or is it a contaminated source, like sewage or flood water? Is the water damage in areas where people frequent? This provides the restoration experts with important information. It will help them determine how to tackle the water damage.

Initial Moisture Inspection

First there will be an initial moisture inspection. This is to find the extent of the water damage within the building. Restoration experts need to know how far the water has spread and how much the water has intruded throughout the property. They will look in all directions to discover how far the water has migrated.

Catalog of Building Materials

Next, the experts will identify and record the affected building materials. Different materials will need to be dried and restored different ways. The restoration team will also establish a dry standard. They use this for knowing when a material has been completely dried. Materials can interact with water in different ways depending on its porosity.

Drying Goal

Finally, now the restoration team will have a drying goal for salvageable materials. What methods will need to be used to dry these materials? How long can it take to dry? They will come up with a plan that identifies how items or building materials will need to be dried and how long it will take to get them to the drying standard.

Temperature Measurements

The team will also measure the average temperature. Things are not likely to dry at a fast rate under colder temperatures. Water evaporation needs to occur during the drying process. Cold temperatures also contribute to mold growth.

An initial response to water damage ensures that the water damage is remediated properly. Each case is treated individually because each instance of water damage is going to be unique.