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Flood Restoration Vancouver BC
Natural disasters like floods can wreak significant damage to your property. Once a building is flooded, water can quickly damage the furniture, walls, carpets as well as the plumbing and electrical fixtures. This is why it is important to seek immediate flood restoration services in such a scenario. After that is completed, call us.
What We Can Do For You:
Here at Drywall Repairman, we will come in after your home or business has been dried out by other companies that do that, and we then put your home back together again so you can get back in as soon as possible. Often times, home owners become exasperated dealing with the big restoration companies and that’s when they call us in to swiftly finish the job and put it all back together – repair the holes that may have been cut out to repair burst pipes, install insulation, drywall, paint, as well as install trim, doors and anything else that needs to be done to bring your home back to move in ready. We have worked for many years with insurance companies and other restoration companies, doing multi-unit, high rise, residential and industrial restorations. We know what’s most important to home owners. We are sensitive to their needs. Because we are a small company, our team works very efficiently and therefore we can usually get you back into your home sooner than the big companies. We also have tradesmen on the job, making sure the entire job is completed properly. Sometimes homeowners prefer to get a pay out from their insurance company and then they hire us to put everything back together for them. We specialize in making happy customers by providing excellent, time sensitive services.
In this article, we provide an in-depth view of when you should seek flood restoration services, how the process works and what are the services involved.
Flood Restoration Services?
During the flood, your immediate concern should be your personal safety and that of your family. When the flood has subsided, it is time to look to your property and take care of it.
Once floodwater has reached your property, it will leave significant damage in its wake. This is simply because exposure to water can damage many components of your home, such as the walls, drywall panels, basement area, furniture, and more.
Worse still, if the floodwater has pooled at your property, the damage will increase exponentially over time. Floodwater also poses a health and safety hazard for you and your family. If water is pooled or structural components are wet, the indoor environment may not be hygiene enough. At the same time, there may be a risk of electric shock.
This is why it is important to hire professional flood restoration services immediately after a flood. The sooner you hire these services, the sooner they are able to undo the damage done by the water. This also helps you avoid greater costs of replacement or repair, usually caused by delays in flood restoration work.
The Industry and How it Functions
Flood restoration industry has rapidly grown over the past few years. Excessive rains and global warming has significantly changed the weather patterns in the last decade or so. This is why there is an ever greater need for flood restoration services across Canada.
Flood restoration companies typically offer their services on an emergency basis. Most contractors are on standby throughout the day and night, especially at times of adverse weather conditions. So if you need their services at anytime, you are usually able to get help within a few hours. Most companies work 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. So they are around at all times and available whenever you need their services.
When choosing a flood water restoration company in Vancouver, make sure that the company has some experience in the industry. It also helps if the company offers a more comprehensive range of services. Flood restoration includes water extraction, dehumidification, documents restoration, building repair, equipment repair and a lot more.
For homeowners, a more limited set of flood restoration services works are fine in most cases. For businesses and industrial buildings, damage from floodwater is extensive, so more specialized services are required, such as ultrasonic cleaning and shrink wrap containment.
The Flood Restoration Process
When you are facing flood-related damage to your property, the first thing to do is to call a professional flood restoration service.
As stated above, floodwater can create the risk of electric shock.
If you can reach the main switch, turn it off and proceed to check your furniture and other components of your home. If you can’t reach the main switch, it’s best to leave the inspection to the professionals.
Flood restoration pros will typically reach your property shortly after they receive your call.
Once the pros arrive, they will inspect your property thoroughly and apprise you of the situation. They will also determine how best to restore walls, floors, furniture, carpets and other items.
Flood restoration professionals are trained in the process, so they take suitable safety precautions before commencing their work. This is why it is always safer to let them do the restoration work instead of attempting it on your own.
Flood Restoration and Insurance Loss Claims
An important aspect of flood restoration is the insurance claims involved. Most insurance policy holders can claim loss in the wake of flood-related damage. Some insurance companies have flood restoration contractors on a retainer – so when you file a loss and the claim is validated, they will dispatch their preferred contractor to do the restoration work.
In some emergency cases, you may not have time to file an insurance claim or wait for the insurance company to follow up on it. In such a scenario, you can look up flood restoration services near you and contact one that can provide immediate help.
If the latter is the case with you, make sure to take photos and maintain records of the flood-related damage to your property. Also keep the receipts from the restoration contractors so that you can later file them with the insurance company.
Most reputable property restoration contractors offer the facility of directly contacting your insurance provider. This makes the restoration process a lot smoother for you as the contractor is then responsible for sharing the inventory items and other details with the insurance company.
Flood Restoration & Water Damage Services
The flood restoration process comprises of a wide range of services. You may require one or more of these services. On the other hand, a given flood restoration company may offer a few or all of these services.
Here is a quick rundown of the services typically involved in the flood restoration process. You can choose from these services depending on the kind of property damage you are facing.
Water Extraction: The first step in the flood restoration process is to remove any pooled water at your home. Wet vacuuming, pumps and other equipment are used in extracting the water before any drying and restoration work could be commenced. You need this service only if you have any pooled water inside your home following the flood.
Dehumidification: Dehumidification and drying is the very next step after water extraction. In this step, a contractor will use specialised equipment to dehumidify and dry up carpets, walls, drywall panels, concrete, wood, hardwood flooring and any other components affected by flood. Dehumidification and drying is critically essential to stop the flood damage in its tracks and reverse it.
Structural Drying: Structural drying is a more sophisticated technique. In this step, advanced methods such as infrared scanning are used to determine if any floodwater damage or hidden moisture is left untreated. Once the flood restoration professionals have identified any such spots, they proceed to get rid of them using blowers, air movers, moisture meters, thermal imaging cameras and more.
Mould Removal: Any delays in the removal of floodwater results in the growth of mould. If left unchecked, this growth rapidly expands and leads to even more damage. This is why mould removal is an essential part of flood restoration services. Here at Drywall Repairman, our in-house professionals can identify and remove mould from your property while also decontaminating and reconstructing the surfaces affected by it.
Shrink Wrap and Containment: Sometimes, it may not be possible for you to have flood-related damage repaired or restored soon. In such scenarios, shrink wrap is the perfect way of preventing any further damage from the environmental elements. Shrink wrap containment is a cheap and quick way of sealing off stuff – from furniture items to cars to entire buildings. If you expect delays in full-scale flood restoration on your property, shrink wrap is a great way to temporarily seal off the property.
Reconstruction: Some structural components of your home may suffer permanent damage from floodwater. These components need reconstruction and repair. Quality contractors usually offer reconstruction of the walls, ceilings, plumbing and electrical systems, as well as other components.
Document Recovery and Restoration: Document recovery is a more advanced service that is offered only by the largest flood restoration companies. This service is of use in cases where floodwater has damaged vitally important documents such as archival materials, historical records and so on. In general, this service applies to documents which can’t be replaced in any way.
Machinery and Equipment Repair: Machinery and equipment repair is typically of use to industrial units and commercial facilities that have seen flood-related damage. In many cases, restoring or repairing submerged and damaged machinery is more affordable than replacing it altogether.
Ultrasonic Cleaning: Ultrasonic cleaning is a technique used to decontaminate and de-rust the surfaces exposed to floodwater and humidity. In the case of machinery, such exposure can create a film of rust. Hygiene also becomes a concern in such cases. With ultrasonic cleaning, the rust is completely removed and the surface is decontaminated.
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