Identifying Water Damage in your Residential Property
There are multiple types of damage a home or commercial building can experience with flood damage or water damage.
For the purpose of this article we are referring to a physical change on your property that cannot be salvaged by drying. Essentially a permanent condition to the property. There are three main types of water damage our water restoration company will have to identify. They being: pre-existing damage, primary damage, and secondary damage.
What is Pre-Existing Water Damage and what do our technicians do?
Pre-existing damage has been present before there was any water damage caused by an intrusion of water. Moreover, during our inspection, it is critical that we analyze, identify pre-existing damage, and document it with all parties. In addition to this, the most important kinds of pre-existing damage a property may have is mold growth, carpet delimitation which is both tied to most water damage cases.
Further, any more damage found in the home that is discovered in your home by one of our technicians will need to be reported to you. Some examples are :
Folding of the carpet when wet. Improperly specified carpet underlay, improper installation, improper removal of tack strip, and excessive wear.
Primary and secondary residential water damage
Water intrusion in any building or residential home will cause immediate damage and long-term damage as well. The damage that occurs in the moment of the intrusion of water is called primary damage as it happens within contact. Water damage that occurs after due to materials being wet for a long period of time is called secondary damage.
In addition to this, water can also cause negative effects to materials indirectly. Furthermore, an excessive amount of water will lead to elevated amounts of humidity in the home. There are many materials in a home or commercial building that will absorb vapor and damage. This kind of damage is what we refer to as secondary damage. It also includes dimensional changes, microbial growth (mold) and staining.
During an inspection, all structures and contents of a home must be checked for the presence of water damage both primary and secondary. The removal of permanently damaged materials in the home is done during the initial stage of our water restoration process. This speeds the drying process and will allow other materials to be saved. However, hidden damage can cause a more invasive form of inspection. The most common form kind of hidden water damage usually will occur with wall insulation. As when water is higher than the bottom plate, it results in water getting inside the wall cavities.
Factors that will influence the drying method
There are many tools and techniques that may be used in the drying process to achieve the goal of a complete water damage restoration in a home. However, the main question one asks is, “should we dry it”?
Contamination is always the first element that we take into consideration when thinking whether or not a material should be dried. For example, a porous sofa or chair may receive more water damage and be damaged to a point that it may not be salvaged. The health and safety of our customers and technicians are the most important concern of our company!
If we cannot bring an item back to its original form before the flood damage/water damage, it is disposed of. The next element we take into consideration is the actual damage an item has. If something is beyond economical repair, it is usually removed from the property. Some examples of this is a ceiling that is falling apart and furniture that is far beyond water damage repair. Lastly, the final consideration is the cost it will take to repair or replace it. Furthermore, it must be less expensive to dry an item that it will be to replace it.