Water Damage Restoration
When it comes to owning or managing a property, there are few things as unpleasant to deal with as a sewage problem. When sewage finds its way onto your property, it can create a very dangerous and destructive situation for everyone involved. Whether you are dealing with backup and overflow, a broken pipe, or contaminated water coming in from an outside source, you want to begin your cleanup and restoration efforts as quickly and safely as possible. At VIP Restoration, our team of experts provides a 24/7/365 rapid response service for those emergency jobs that just won’t wait. When sewage-contaminated damage strikes, time is of the essence. The longer you wait to get in touch with a professional team, the lengthier and expensive your restoration efforts will be. Water damage jeopardizes your health and the building’s structural integrity. Getting immediate help from a water damage restoration company is essential to remedy the situation. Timely water damage restoration Washington DC ensures the damage caused isn’t irreparable.
Water Damage Restoration Process
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Water that has been contaminated by bacteria, human waste, or another “grossly unsanitary” contaminant is classified as Category 3 by the IICRC. Category 3, or “black water,” is a blanket category for water that has been contaminated by pathogens and human waste that constitute a very real health risk. If your home or business has experienced a Category 3 water event, it is extremely important that you contact a professional right away. The health risks caused by “black water” contamination are very real, and can cause serious and permanent damage to anyone unfortunate enough to come into contact with it. It may be tempting to try to clean up on your own, using over the counter products like bleach and other agents, but VIP Restoration has both professional equipment and specially formulated cleaning agents that are necessary to ensure proper sanitization and a safe return to pre-loss condition. Without professional training, trace amounts of contamination may escape your notice and cause ongoing and future problems that can be even more difficult and expensive to remedy.
Unpleasant odors and hazardous bacteria are the main problems when dealing with a Category 3 water situation. Any surface that has encountered Category 3 water should be considered potentially hazardous, especially porous surfaces such as laminates, improperly sealed ceramic tile, wood, and even certain types of stone. These surfaces must be evaluated by a trained professional in order to ensure that all of the bacteria and contaminants have been removed. Water, contaminated or not, has a tendency to flow and spread beyond the originally affected area. It can get into areas that are not easily accessible without special equipment and an understanding of how internal structures work. When water seeps into the spaces below the floorboards, between walls, into attics, crawlspaces, and basements, it can cause widespread contamination as well as pockets of humidity that linger on for weeks, months, or even years. When contaminated water seeps between the walls, it can be wicked up into your insulation, saturating it and causing a slow evaporation that raises the humidity levels between your walls. This raised humidity becomes a playground for mold, mildew, rot, and bacteria, weakening the structure of your home and causing damage that will manifest over time as bubbling plaster, swollen drywall, soggy support structures, and burgeoning mold colonies. It is far better to act proactively and call in the professional team at VIP Restoration to handle your water problems.
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Our services don’t stop at sewage and water restoration, however. VIP Restoration also offers mold services, smoke and fire damage restoration, and home improvement services. In addition, VIP Restoration also offers property surveys, in order to identify potentially unknown causes of excess moisture. Not every job is an emergency, but you can rest assured that at VIP Restoration we treat every single job as though the home or business were our own.
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