The goal of any water restoration effort is to return property to its pre-damaged state as fast as possible. To be fully effective, restoration companies must undo current damage and reverse time. Water has a way of seeping into areas unnoticed until it is too late. For this reason alone, restoration should be left to professionals.
When entering a water damaged area, make sure the structure is sound and the electricity is off. Mold and mildew can occur within 48 to 72 hours and flourishes in temperatures from 68 to 86 degrees Fahrenheit. Keep the area requiring water restoration well ventilated if possible, and wear rubber gloves, eye protection, protective clothing, and an organic vapor respirator. Place a fan in a window and clean toward the fan.
Items such as drywall, carpet, padding, mattresses, pillows, box springs and particle board should be discarded if wet. Remove portions of walls and insulation 15 to 20 inches above the water line. Base molding should also go. Flooring must be removed to expose pockets of saturation underneath.
Walls, studs, joists, subfloor and other damaged areas should be cleaned and sanitized. After a complete pressure wash with detergent solutions, they must dry thoroughly before water restoration continues. Floors, walls and ceilings should not be replaced until measurements ensure moisture content of wood is below 13 percent.
For household items, ultrasonic washing provides a more efficient method of cleaning than hand washing. Insurance companies pay water restoration companies by the box, regardless of the time it takes to clean items. By decreasing the time to clean each box, restoration companies increase their rate of return.
In addition, ultrasonic equipment provides a more thorough cleaning than hand washing, reaching even the smallest and most difficult places. Property owners get their possessions back quicker and cleaner, restoration companies see higher profits, and insurance companies get satisfied clients.
To learn more about ultrasonic cleaners and how they can help with your water restoration cleaning needs, visit our website at www.Omegasonics.com or feel free to contact one of our ultrasonic cleaning experts (888) 420-4445.