ServiceMaster of Rochester provides restoration services for various levels of water damage in Rochester, MN. With the possible exception of fire, water does more damage to property than any other disaster. Cleaning up water damage is a fairly straightforward process, but water damage restoration is much more involved. For the long-term stability of the structure and health of its occupants, proper water damage restoration is critical. Properly dealing with the long-term effects of water damage usually requires hiring a professional specially trained in water damage restoration. To fully grasp why this is so important it is necessary to understand the cause of the damage and the level of destruction that occurred. There are three basic sources of water damage, each requiring a different level of restoration:
- The most simple cleanup and restoration is for clean water damage. Clean water may be described as water that is drinkable, i.e. a burst water supply pipe in a wall or ceiling.
- The second most serious damage is caused by what is commonly referred to as gray water. Gray water sources include dishwashers, sink drains, washing machines or toilet overflows that do not contain fecal matter.
- Most serious among water damage is that caused by sewer leaks or backups, flooding from rivers and streams, stagnant water, or toilet overflows containing fecal matter.
- Some wet carpet or damage to only part of a room. Affected materials are low absorbent materials such as wood or concrete. Restoration may be as simple as using a wet/dry vac to remove water and dry the carpet.
- Restoration is more involved when the damage covers an entire room, large areas of wet carpeting, and textiles such as upholstered furniture. This level of damage also may include moisture that has wicked-up into drywall as much as one foot, and wet structural materials such as wall studs.
- The next level of damage includes ceilings, insulation in walls, ceilings or attics and damage to sub-floors.
- Most extensive of the four levels of damage affects low absorbent materials like masonry, stone or hardwood. This level of damage involves greater volumes of water and water that has been standing for longer periods of time causing greater water saturation.