Water Damage Restoration Services
Water damage is not only a nuisance; it can be extremely dangerous. Standing water presents a breeding ground for bacteria and fungi, even black mold. If left untreated, your wet floor can severely hinder your indoor air quality and spread a variety of different contaminants. Also, the damage to your personal property increases the longer you allow the water to persist.
We Can Help!
Vital Restoration is a licensed and certified water restoration company. Our highly trained and experienced IICRC Certified Technicians will rapidly assess the situation and begin the emergency services best suited to the particular problem. Regardless of whether you have suffered a minor spill, burst pipe or catastrophic fire or flood, Vital Restoration will return your home, office or business to its pre-loss condition quickly and effectively.
Site Survey & Free Estimate
Since all water damage restoration projects are different, the inspection of your property is an important first step in getting your restorations underway. Vital Restoration will arrive at your home, office or business to complete a site survey using the most accurate industry tools available.
We’ll give you a free estimate to determine the extent of the damage, assess the necessary steps needed for restoration, and calculate the cost and time required.
If you need professional water damage restoration service in the Bay Area, call us today at 650-262-4545.
Causes of Water Damage
Water is one of the most powerful forces on the planet. It can wash away homes and office buildings in a single, powerful flood, or can make a home unlivable with tiny drops over many years. Because people depend on water for drinking, sanitation, and work, we’ve developed a sophisticated infrastructure to move it in and out of our lives. But when that infrastructure breaks down, or when nature gives us more water than we can handle, damage from water can be catastrophic.
Water damage can take many different shapes and forms. The following are most common causes of water damage.
Roofs are designed to protect homes and offices from elements such as heat, cold, and water. Although modern roofing materials and techniques are very effective, roofs inevitably wear down, letting water leak in, usually just a few drops at a time. But that little bit can cause wood and drywall to warp, and can create an ideal medium for hazardous bacteria and mold to grow.
Blocked Gutter or Downspout
Gutters or downspouts are designed to direct runoff from the roof to the ground. When they are clogged, water can back up and collect on the roof, seeping under roof shingles and soaking through wood and insulation. To prevent damage from water, you should check your gutters frequently to remove potential obstructions.
Changes in the landscaping around your building can shift the direction that water flows, directing it toward your foundation. Water can damage your foundation by eroding the ground beneath it or by seeping into cracks and eroding away the foundation itself. Damage remediation on water-damaged foundations can be very costly and time-consuming.
This is the most common cause of water damage. Water-using appliances such as the toilet, sink, shower, tub, dishwasher, water heater, or washing machine can develop leaks, as can the in-wall water pipes that supply them. Minor leaks can go undetected for years until they have caused significant water damage.
Floods and mudslides can cause water to build up and spill over walls and other barriers that are designed for moderate rainfall. Even when floodwaters have subsided, they can leave mud, dirt, and debris on your floors and walls. These conditions can cause hazardous bacteria, fungi, and mold to grow in your home or office, and can attract insects and other pests.
Water Damage Categories
Water damage categories refer to the range of contamination found in water:
- White Water (also known as Clean Water). White water damage does not pose a substantial health concern. The most common instances of white water damage are caused by overflowing sinks, leaking appliances, or burst pipes. This is also the easiest category of water to fix.
- Grey Water. Grey water comes from a source that may cause sickness when exposed to or consumed. This may be water from a toilet bowl, or other sources that have been exposed to relatively mild chemicals or toxins. Grey water should be treated with caution, and needs to be handled quickly and safely by a professional.
- Black Water. The third and most serious type of water source is black water. While not necessarily black in color, black water is completely unsanitary. Generally water from any type of flooding, be it river/rain water or seawater, is classified as black water and contains harmful bacteria.
It should be noted that, in spite of the color-coding scheme set forth by the IICRC, the water will probably not be grey or black. It may be difficult to tell by looking at it whether water damage is the result of clean, grey, or black water. For that reason you should always contact a qualified water damage repair contractor to assess the situation.
Water damage restoration involves eliminating the standing water, evaporating the remaining moisture and restoring your home to its former condition. Depending on the amount of damage, this may involve repairing or replacing walls or flooring, removing mold colonies and disposing of severely damaged or contaminated articles.
Standard water removal equipment is insufficient for severe water damage. Your household wet dry vacuum might not effectively eliminate excess water, and that's why we use the following water damage restoration equipment to restore your property back to pre-loss condition:
- Industrial extractors
- Wood floor drying systems
- Sub-floor drying systems
- Air movers
- Powerful disinfectants
Removal and Extraction
We begin with the removal of standing water (including mud, rain water and sewage) with the help of an industrial extractor. Our highly trained and experienced IICRC Certified Technicians remove water in carpeting, hardwood floors, drywall, and ceilings.
Dehumidification is critical, since the evaporation of primary water damage leads to secondary water damage. Using state of the art equipment, we maintain conditions to eliminate water vapor suspended in the air, by monitoring the temperature and relative humidity as water evaporates.
The following are some of the numerous water damage restoration methods we use in our day-to-day work:
- Desiccant Dehumidification. Desiccant dehumidification is the process of filtering the air and removing moisture from affected areas. We seal the room off and pump all of the air through a dehumidifier, removing the moisture in the air and condensing it as water.
- Freeze Drying. This process is conducted in a closed chamber to protect books, binders, and printed materials from water damage. Free drying is similar to desiccant dehumidification in that it filters air through a dehumidifier and condenses moisture into a liquid, but the freeze drying process is done at a very low temperature in order to maximize the amount of water extraction from the books, binders and other printed materials.
- Water Mitigation. When damage from water occurs to structural parts of your home or office, such as wooden frames, floorboards, or drywall, it can not only encourage the growth of hazardous mold and bacteria, but also weaken and even compromise the structure of your home or office. We use high-powered, efficient, and quick water removal dryers and blowers to blast moisture out of your walls, floors, and supports.
- Sewage Cleanup and Sanitizing. When drainage pipes burst or city lines back up into your home it can be a disaster. Damage from water can be the least of your problems when sewage has overflowed onto your floors. We can remove the sewage, and conduct thorough damage remediation and sanitation procedures. We have industrial-strength cleaning tools and chemicals to scrub the sewage and bacteria out of your home or business.
- Carpet Repair, Dyeing, and Stretching. Carpet is usually one of the first spots affected by water, and because of its low position and absorbency it often takes the worst damage. Vital Restoration can dry your carpets out, repair any tearing or mold damage, and dye the entire area to a matching color. If your carpet has shrunk as a result of damage from water, our expert repair contractors can stretch it back out to cover its original area.
First Steps in Water Damage (DIY)
Search the exterior of your house to make sure there are no major structural issues. If there is any damage, contact a building inspector before you enter a hazardous home. Once inside, check for any possible gas leaks and damaged electrical wire, and make sure all utilities are turned off.
Next, open windows and doors, or even use fans to ventilate the house to lower moisture. If some items such as carpets or furniture are too damaged, the best course of action may be to dispose of them. Household items such as buckets, pumps, and vacuums, are also great tools for water extraction. If those products do not get the results you’re hoping for, consider hiring a professional.
Give Us a Call!
Was your home or business damaged by water? Water damage restoration is our specialty. We can return your home or business to its former glory, without any traces of the damage left behind, and we do so by using only the most state-of-the-art equipment, coupled with our unparalleled knowledge and experience. Give us a call today at 650-262-4545.