Water damage happens unexpectedly and is quick to cause extensive damage which if not treated correctly, can lead to many other issues related to bacteria and mould.
We’re here to make sure that doesn’t happen!
The effects of water within a property
Excess moisture or flooding can cause structures and personal property to rapidly deteriorate. The damaging effects of water are reduced significantly if the affected property is attended to within the first 24 – 48 hours as water takes time to penetrate certain materials and the longer it is left, the higher the risk of bacterial or microbial contamination, especially if the water is from an outdoor or unsanitary source.
WHAT WE CAN DO
WATER DAMAGE Remediation
Remediating a water-damaged property always begins with a thorough assessment. Firstly, the source of water ingress must be located and fixed. This is generally done by a professional leak detection team as they can pinpoint the location of the breach using their technology, if it is not already known.
Once the source of the water has been capped and the assessment is complete, in most cases, drying equipment will be placed within the property to begin the mitigation of damage. Depending on the extent of the water damage, floor coverings may be extracted or removed entirely as they hold a lot of moisture and hinder the drying process. It is also common, depending on the building materials in your property, for the lower areas of the walls within the affected rooms to be removed to allow the wall cavities to breathe as gyprock is highly porous and leaving the wall cavities damp can lead to bacterial and microbial issues.
When we are confident the structure will dry correctly with the installed method, we begin assessing the damaged contents, listing whether items can be restored or are beyond salvage. A spreadsheet of all affected contents will be generated including model numbers and images for all items which you will be given as part of your claim. Don’t worry about your items though as you will have the final say as to what is disposed of and/or replaced. Once all of this is complete, it is just a matter of allowing the drying process to continue, removing moisture from within the property and taking readings every few days to monitor the difference in moisture content within the structural materials.