Sunlight Water Damage Restoration Services specializes in the cleanup and remediation of residential and commercial properties after water, fire, or smoke damage. We have found that in many cleaning and restoration situations, immediate action is needed. Our ability to immediately respond, helps to minimize not only the damage, but also the cleaning and restoration costs.
New York Water Damage Mitigation Includes Clean Up & Restoration
Flooding and other water emergencies require immediate action and response. Sunlight Water Damage Restoration Services in NY provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our immediate response will help minimize the damage and reduce the cost of restoration and cleaning. We understand the stress and disruption that occurs when your home or business suffers water damage, whether it was by an accident, fire, or natural causes such as floods, hurricanes, and other sever weather. Our professional staff and technicians use advanced techniques and equipment in the extraction of the water. To ensure your property dries properly and thoroughly, we will monitor and document the entire drying process.
Water Damage Spreads Quickly
Water is devious since it can swiftly spread throughout a property. Everything in the path of the water including furniture and other household items, walls, and floors can become quickly saturated. Damage starts within minutes. Within hours paper goods, books, and photographs warp and swell, finishes on furniture bleed causing permanent stains on carpets. Drywall begins to break down and swell, metal surfaces tarnish, paint blisters, furniture and wood floors warp and swell, ceiling fixtures become unsafe, signs of mold appear. The litany of woes due to water damage multiply the longer the water remains. Waiting more than a week to start a recovery often causes dramatic increases in cost and time for removal and repairs since extensive contaminated material replacement and structural rebuilding may become necessary. In some cases, severe biohazard contamination is a possibility. To those living in a water damage area, biohazard contaminants, mold, and structure safety are real threats.
If You Choose to Start the Clean Up, Be Aware…
Call your insurance company before you do anything. If your insurance covers the damage, your agent will let you know when an adjuster will contact you. List the damage and take photos or videotape as much as you can. Having complete records and inventory of the damage, will make filling out the paperwork for insurance claims, applications for disaster assistance and income tax deductions, that much easier.
Safety should be your first concern if you return to your property to start the recovery process. The most prevalent hazard is often electrical, but injuries sustained from slips or falls are common. Do not perform activities that are unsafe. Using any electrical devices such as household appliances or television is potentially dangerous, therefore, disconnect the power, unplug any electronics, and remove electronics, furniture and movable items immediately. Wet materials are heavy so use caution when trying to remove drapery, carpeting, and area rugs etc.
Getting rid of all the water and drying out the area is the most important thing you can do to prevent mold growth. Use only vacuums suitable for water removal. Depending upon the severity of the water damage, turning on fans, a dehumidifier, or even an air conditioner (in the summer months) can help dry out a room. Saturated drywall will need to be replaced, likewise baseboard trim if it is made from pressboard. Repair work can be extensive. After the area is dried out, the use of a good disinfectant is necessary to eliminate any bacteria that might have come up through sewers, toilets, etc. Finally, you will need to mold proof the surfaces in the room. Choosing to clean up and repair everything yourself can be a daunting job.
Perhaps, the best approach to cleaning up after extensive water damage is hiring clean up and restoration specialists whose expertise can make a huge difference for your residential or commercial property. If the initial water damage is improperly dealt with, it often leads to mold growth with possible serious health consequences.
Call Sunlight Water Damage Restoration for efficient, professional and affordable water cleanup services serving the New York Metro Area including NYC, Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx, Staten Island, Yonkers, Long Island, Suffolk County NY, Nassau County NY, New Jersey, and Connecticut.
Our experienced, professional technicians are IICRC Certified and fully equipped to handle all your water damage, fire damage, smoke damage, and mold damage needs.
FYI: Water Damage Classification
There are three water categories regarding water damage: clean, gray, and black.
- – Clean water comes from water pipe leaks and overflowing sinks.
- – Gray water results from broken appliances and toilets, posing a moderate health threat to humans.
- – Black water sources include river flooding and sewage overflows. Black water poses a major health threat to humans.
When “black water” is involved, water restoration professionals use four classes of damage to gauge how serious is the health threat and, to determine the method needed to clean the property.
- – A Class 1 determination results from minimal material absorption of water.
- – A Class 2 is considered moderate damage caused by highly absorptive material such as furniture, carpets, cushions, etc.
- – A Class 3 determination results in extensive water damage to materials over a large water saturated area.
- – A Class 4 determination requires specialty drying. Low porosity materials like hardwood flooring, plaster, and bricks comprise this classification.