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Flood Damage Clean Up

By · July 5, 2011 · Filed in Industry News · No Comments »

If you have experienced flood damage, a flooded basement , or a flooded crawlspace ; if you need need water extraction, flood damage clean up, flooded carpet extraction and drying, or want to prevent mold and mildew growth, you will need a flood damage specialist. A flood damage specialist will use specialized instruments to inspect your home or business for hidden damage like: water damaged drywall, wet insulation, soaked sub-floors, wet wall cavities, moisture trapped behind vapor barriers like sheet vinyl and wallpaper.

Flood water is a catagory 3 water damage and requires certain procedures recommended by the Institute for Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) S500. All porous and semi-porous materials must be replaced. All remaining structural materials must be tested after cleaning to confirm cleaning effectiveness. In other words, carpet, padding, insulation, drywall, upholstery, drapery, rugs, and books must be discarded. Flooded ductwork should be replaced. Certain exceptions can be made for high value area rugs or documents which must be saved. In those cases, restorative cleaning of rugs can be done as long as testing confirms their anti-microbial treatment was effective. Important documents can be dried in a drying chamber or they can be freeze-dried and treated for microbial contamination. These are expensive procedures, but some situations warrant the expense of salvaging flood damaged goods.

When you have no flood insurance, it is tempting to think that it will dry on its own. Theoretically, that is true, but there are some problems in real life. A wet crawlspace can take weeks or months to dry, and that depends on the potential humidity of a high water table or a wet weather spring in the crawlspace. Block foundation walls can hold water almost indefinitely and grow mold and mildew in the process, giving your crawlspace or basement a musty smell. Water trapped behind wallpaper, baseboards, carpet and pad, wood floors, filing cabinets, furniture, and cabinets are always a surprise when they are removed and reveal a black, furry surface. If they stay continually wet over a long period of time, they can grow the toxic, black mold called stachybotrys. This would definitely require a professional for mold cleanup.

DryRite by Tier Restoration uses trained, certified and experienced water damage, flood damage and mold remediation professionals to inspect and professionally investigate flood damaged homes and businesses. We have cleaned up small flooded crawlspaces to large commercial industrial plants. We use third party inspectors, expensive testing equipment, and detailed procedures to¬† to make sure hidden and exposed moisture is dried and treated. Call us today at 615-371-5355 to “Experience the Next Level” in flood damage clean up.

DryRite – Water Damage Restoration, Nashville, TN

By · November 20, 2008 · Filed in Industry News · No Comments »

Moisture and water damage can be the biggest threat to your home and business. If the incident is sudden, the speed and thoroughness of drying is the secret to prohibit the growth of mold. If maintenance has been neglected or if a building design is failing and allowing moisture to accumulate, secondary water damage, or mold will grow. In that case, the first step is to stop the source of moisture, then clean or remove the contaminated materials under containment so as to not cross contaminate the rest of the structure, have the area tested by a third party and only then do the reconstruction.

DryRite uses sophisticated equipment and trained, experienced and certified technicians to achieve “next level” results. Thermal imaging cameras can quickly scan an area and reveal hidden moisture other drying companies may miss. Moisture meters can tell exactly how wet materials are. Thermal hygrometers can monitor the air quality to make sure the best drying environment is created. Air movers are industrial fans used to maximize evaporation from the surfaces. Wall cavity injection systems are used to dry wall cavities while minimizing destruction. Wood floor drying mat systems can effectively remove the moisture from a wood floor and make it lay back down to its pre-water damage condition. Dehumidifiers are used to create the best environment for drying as quickly as possible. Infrared heaters are used to heat the surface without heating the air for optimal drying.
DryRite is qualified to make professional decisions when handling the job. Sometimes materials like baseboards or vinyl floor coverings need to be removed because they create a moisture barrier which prohibits the drying process. Cabinets and other built-ins may need to be removed to find moisture “sandwiched” between materials. In some cases it is more economical to replace some materials than to restore them.

When processing an insurance claim, you want someone on your team like DryRite, whose technicians have handled hundreds of claims. We are experts in using Xactimate, the computer estimating program most widely used in the property claims industry. Our goal is to finish the job with you, the adjuster, and the agent all loving us.