New York Water Damage Restoration & Clean Up
Immediate action and response are paramount when dealing with water damage. Immediate response minimizes the damage and reduces the cost of restoration and cleaning. Professionals in New York use advanced techniques and equipment to remove water quickly. To ensure property dries properly and thoroughly, they monitor and document the process used to dry the property.
Water is evasive. It quickly spreads throughout property. Furniture, walls, and floors absorb the water as it spreads. Everything in the path of the water becomes saturated. Magazines, books, and colored items become damaged when left on wet floors or carpet. Paper goods, books, and photographs warp and swell. Finishes on furniture bleed and cause permanent stains in the carpet. Drywall begins to break down and swell. Metal surfaces tarnish. Furniture warps and signs of mold appear. Paint blisters. Wood flooring warps and swells. Ceiling fixtures are unsafe when the ceiling is wet. Stay out or rooms that have sagging ceilings.
Waiting more than a week causes dramatic increases in cost and time. Extensive contaminated material replacement and structural rebuilding become necessary. Severe biohazard contamination is a possibility. Biohazard contaminants, mold, and structure safety pose risks to those living in a water damage area.
Until Help Arrives
Safety is the first concern. The most prevalent concerns are hazards that cause slips or falls and electrical hazards. Only vacuums suitable for water intake are safe to use. Using household appliances or the television is dangerous. Do not perform activities that are unsafe. Be aware wet materials are heavy. Use caution when trying to manipulate them.
Mop and blot to remove excess water. Remove tabletop items and lamps. Wipe excess water from wooden furniture. Place wood blocks or aluminum foil between carpeting and furniture legs. To maximize drying during summer months, turn on air conditioning. Remove colored rugs from carpeting that is wet. Find a dry, safe place for valuable objects such as artwork. Collect loose items from the floor and hang leather and fur goods.
Water Damage Classification
There are three categories of 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.
Water restoration professionals use four classes of damage to gauge how serious the health threat is and, to determine the method needed to clean the property. A Class 1 determination results from minimal material absorption of water. Moderate damage caused by highly absorptive material such as furniture, carpets, and cushions fall in Class 2. Class 3 is extensive water damage to materials over a large water saturated area. Specialty drying situations are Class 4. Low porosity materials like hardwood flooring, plaster, and bricks comprise this classification. A customized approach is necessary to treat the problem.
Malfunctioning appliances, plumbing leaks, and flooding are sources of water damage. Electrical devices, coming in contact with water, cause irreparable damage. Drywall, carpeting, furniture, and upholstery soaked in water are expensive and difficult to repair. Untreated water damage leads to mold growth with possible health consequences. The chances of suffering a catastrophe caused by water damage are reduced by contacting restoration specialists as quickly as possible.
Call Sunlight Water Damage Restoration for a quick Professional Water Cleanup in New York .