Fire & Water Damage Restoration
There are many variables involved when deciding the appropriate procedures for restoration due to fire or water damage, therefore it is recommended you seek a professional before proceeding and users assume any and all liability from the information covered herein.
Water Damage Restoration
Water Damage can strike at any time causing major damage to your home’s interior and structure if not addressed rapidly. Assessing the damage and stopping the source of water is critical before beginning a repair. Determining if the water has been contaminated is the next step when deciding what type of repairs will need to be done.
- Category 1 Water (White) – is clean at the releasing source and does not pose a hazard to humans. Time and temperature can promote the growth of microorganisms in water causing it to degrade.
- Category 2 Water (Gray) – begins with some contamination and could contain chemicals or microorganisms harmful to humans if consumed. This typically results from untreated Category 1 water.
- Category 2 Water (Black) – is highly contaminated and may cause death or serious illness if consumed by humans. Examples: sewage, flood water, ground surface water flowing into homes.
Once the source of the water has been determined, our team will look for safety hazards that you should be aware of and explain them. It is also important to share any information you may have regarding asbestos or lead before removal of materials can begin. If necessary, lab testing will be done before removal of materials. If the water damage is extensive and requires you to move out belongings for protection, our team can arrange storage and transportation of your property.
The next step is determining the extent of the wetting. Ceilings, walls, insulation, and framing may need to be removed and our professional water restoration contractors will make an assessment. Beginning at the point of water entry and tracing a path to where the water stops, carpeting, drywall, pad, and subflooring will be removed. Once this is done cleaning and ventilation will be done and structural surfaces wll be left exposed to fresh air for several hours or days depending on severity. Then reconstruction begins.
Fire Damage Restoration
Families and lifestyles can be crushed dealing with the emotional issues of loss after a fire. It is our goal at SGC, Inc. To make this process as painless and quick as possible. Before you begin cleaning it is helpful to consult a professional before wasting time and effort trying to salvage property that cannot be refurbished. This will help provide more accurate estimates of cleaning and deordizing your home.
In general, it is a good practice to ventilate affected areas after a fire by installing a fan and allowing air to flow. It is also important to keep your central air unit or furnace filter clean during this process, as it is likely that dust and soot will build up.
Soot is oily and stains carpets, draperies, and other textiles. It is recommended that you hire a professional to remove soot as heavy-duty equipment is required. For removing smoke odor, “counteractants” are often used. These are chemicals that break up smoke molecules to eliminate odors. The type of counteractant used will vary with material type, and it is recommended that you allow a professional to apply these chemicals.
SGC, Inc. Is prepared to help you solve all your problems related to fire and water damage restoration. Give us a call today!