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According to CBS News, an estimated 15 million homes are at risk of flooding at any time. Once you experience water damage, you want to prevent additional water damage as much as possible. Below, we detail what you can expect with a water damage mitigation service visit in Tampa, FL.

1. Water Damage Mitigation Inspection

An inspection needs to take place to determine the problem before removing any water. Water can enter the home through many ways, and there are three categories of water that can cause water damage. It’s important we discover what type of water it is.

Category 1 is “clean water” that occurs from a broken pipe, overflowing sink or overflowing toilet water tank. Category 2 is “graywater,” which is water that comes from sources like a washing machine; it’s mixed with soap or chemicals. Category 3 is “unclean water,” and it comes from sewage, river water or any water source that has bacteria growing in it.

Another issue with water leaks is that you may not know the extent of these leaks. When water finds its way out of any source, it causes additional damage. It’s important to prevent further water leaks while assessing water damage and taking measures to clean it up.

In addition to categories, there are also classes about the quantity of water in a home. They include

  • Class 1 refers to very little water that is present in a part of a room.
  • Class 2 involves an entire room that has water present within the carpeting and the walls.
  • Class 3 means water is present throughout the home, in the carpet, walls and ceilings.
  • Class 4 means that surfaces like concrete, stone and hardwood flooring require special equipment to dry.

2. Remove Water, Dry Out the Home and Remove Damaged Items

A lot of people get confused by water mitigation and water remediation. Water remediation and water mitigation sound similar, but they’re not. Water mitigation is water removal and the prevention of water damage while water remediation is more about salvaging different items.

Removing water and moisture from your home requires the right equipment. We’ll use the right equipment according to the category and extent of water that’s present in your home. We use a mixture of vacuums, pumps, heavy-duty fans, air scrubbers, dehumidifiers and more, according to your home’s needs.

Our primary concern is water removal to prevent water damage or bacteria growth. In addition, you’ll need to remove damaged items from your home. This can include drywall, carpeting, furniture and other surfaces or items.

3. Provide Temporary Solutions

You’ll need temporary solutions to problems in your home while your home is drying. For instance, you might need your windows boarded up.

You might need tarps placed in some areas of your home. The important thing is that your home thoroughly dries, that we prevent any more water from entering your home and that you’re safe throughout the process.

4. Determine the Next Steps to Take

The water mitigation process can vary in length, but it usually takes about 72 hours to dry a room thoroughly. When you account for reconstruction, the duration of total restoration can take up to three weeks. Depending on the circumstances, this length of time can be longer or shorter.

Also, be aware that you may have residual odors. These odors can come from different issues. Your home may need ozone machines, thermal foggers or other methods of odor removal.

It’s unfortunate when any home experiences flooding of any type. Time is of the essence when there is. You need to stop the source of the water safely, quickly remove the water and prevent any other issues as a result.

Homeowners may be able to remove some of the water, but you need professional help to remove all the moisture. Contact us at ServiceMaster 24 Hour to get water mitigation services immediately.

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