Water Damage Restoration Process
Let’s understand the entire process of the water damage restoration process to understand how long water damage restoration take.
Emergency Response (0-2 hours)
The initial step in water damage restoration is to witness the immediate emergency. If the source of water damage is a burst pipe or flooding, shutting off the main water supply is essential to prevent further water ingress. Emergency response teams or professional contractors can be contacted to evaluate the situation promptly.
Assessment and Inspection (1-3 days)
Once the emergency seems under control, a thorough damage assessment is conducted. Professionals and trained technicians will inspect the affected areas to determine the damage, type of water (clean, grey or black) and categories of water (non-toxic, possible hazardous substances or toxic). It guides in making a proper action plan for the detailed restoration plan.
Water Extraction and Drying (2-5 days)
This step involves removing standing water from the premises using specialized equipment like pumps and industrial-grade vacuums. Once the water gets extracted, dehumidifiers and air movers are strategically placed to dry out the affected area. It might take time, depending on the severity of the water damage.
Cleaning and Sanitization (2-7 days)
Cleaning and Sanitization start once the entire phase begins. Water damage can begin to Mold growth, leading to health risks, so it is vital to thoroughly clean and disinfect all affected surfaces. This step can be time-consuming, majorly if mould remediation is needed.
Restoration and Repairs (1-2 weeks)
With the property cleaned and sanitized, the restoration process commences. It involves repairing or replacing damaged structures like flooring, walls, cabinets and electrical systems. The entire duration of this phase differs based on the extent of the damage and the availability of materials and contractors.