No one wants to go through it. You’ve come home after a long day to find that your Macomb County home is now a wishing well, and not in the good way. Instead of looking for loose change to wish this nightmare away you’re probably pulling up your phone or computer to type in the google search bar,”restoration and repair in Macomb County.”
As stressful as the day may have become, if you found the right company the hard part is over. As they back their work truck into your driveway and begin to access your home, you may be wondering what restoration and repair plan they will have to put into motion to get your home back to the way it was. Let’s go over some of the different scenarios and how each may differ from each other when it comes to restoration and how your repairs may be done.
No Water is Good Water – When it’s all over the Floor
While fresh water may be best as far as health is concerned, any type of water damage is a tricky adversary that needs to be dealt with properly and professionally. In many freshwater losses, the damage done can be catastrophic to say to the least. Majority of the freshwater damage projects we complete at Action Extraction of Macomb are caused by water fed municipal plumbing.
Unlike a storm or sewer backup which have a certain level at which the water will case to rise, freshwater fed by a municipal line is under pressure and unending. Burst pipes in the winter are a consistent problem we see every year when the temperature in Michigan drops below freezing. Homes, often empty with their occupants on vacation or moved south for the winter, are destroyed every year with gallons and gallons of water.
The most common restoration solution to these types of water losses involve large holes cut into ceilings and flood cuts into drywall up to 2 feet off the ground to allow for airflow into the upper channels of the wall. Some floor coverings, like carpet, can be saved and dried in place, while wood and ceramic tile floors may need additional specialty equipment and heat induction.
Storm water restoration and repair in Macomb County is often times straight forward. While fresh water will create flood jobs from the top down, storm water will almost always occur from the bottom up. What this means is that restorers can focus their efforts on everything on their project from the floor and up to 2 feet up the walls.
This creates a fairly easy restoration project with a simple area of effect to follow. Most storm water damage projects will see the removal of any floating floor coverings and carpet padding’s, though carpets can be saved and cleaned at a later date. Any floor covering that can trap or water will need to be removed immediately to encourage a quick and safe dry-out. Due to the fact that most storm water losses are the result of either failed sump pumps or city plumbing systems, storm water backups tend to reveal themselves around drains, sump wells, and cracks in the basement foundation, as well as through the footer at the edge of your basement walls.
Signs of a Storm Drain Backup – Wet Drains, Cracks, Floor Joints
As a professional restorer in Macomb County Michigan I cannot count the number of times I’ve analyzed a storm water flooded basement only to find water around the edges and around the drains with pockets of dry carpet in the middle.
This is due to an overflowing drain tile system. When water is under pressure it will always find the path of least resistance. While your sump well is almost always that familiar path, when the well is full that water has no other place to go but up. Cracks in your foundation and the tiny gap between your basement slab and exterior wall are enough to invite water in to your home.
The Procedures for Restoration and Repair in Macomb County
Drywall can typically be dried in place, though base moldings will need to be removed from saturated walls and holes may need to be drilled in enclosed walls. An antimicrobial agent should always be used when dealing with a storm water back up as we consider storm water to be living water.
While fresh water has been sent through a treatment facility to be used to safe consumption, storm water will have passed through your lawn and the ground around your home collecting micro-organisms and bacteria. A good antimicrobial agent will help to keep you and your family safe while your home is restored.
Sewer Water Restoration and Repair in Macomb County
Sewer water restoration or category 3 (black water) restoration and repair is like a wrecking ball as everything it hits is demolished by contamination and must go. Sewer water backups contain millions of unnamed viruses and bacteria harmful to you and your family as well as your home.
While solid items such as glass, plastics and metals can be safely cleaned with an antimicrobial agent and set aside, most household items such as drywall, wooden furniture, clothing and children’s toys must be discarded.
If you’ve ever seen a home renovation show where the team gears up in long sleeves and masks, holding sledgehammers and 55-gallon buckets you’ll know what to expect when your home is inundated with sewer water. The restoration process for sewer water damage is fairly straight forward and, if I’m being honest, the easiest of the three types of water damage to analyze.
In a sewer flood if it is wet it has to go. Carpet, drywall, cabinets, padding, wood panel, doors and moldings, nothing can be saved. What if it’s not sewage though? Weren’t there other types of category 3 damage? Of course! While sewer water is the most common of category 3 water losses, any water loss has the potential to become a category 3 water loss. You just have to add time.
Fresh Water restoration and Repair in Macomb County.
A freshwater loss, left to stagnate for 48-72 hours, must be considered a category 3 loss. The reason is simple. That’s the minimum amount of time it takes for incipient mold growth to form. So, what changes if your category 3 water loss starts as fresh water? Nothing! The restoration and repair plan will remain as a black water loss no matter what stage the water damage began in.
As with storm water damage an antimicrobial should be used throughout your restoration process. An air scrubber or negative air machine should also be used to help maintain air quality throughout your restoration process.
Regardless of the category or class of water loss you’ve experienced, every water restoration project will end the same way. Using fans and dehumidifiers to encourage rapid water evaporation and keep humidity levels in check are the keys to a successful and healthy restoration and repair job. After 3 to 5 days of constant air movement, your home should be bone dry and ready for repair.
Repairs after Restoration – Certifying the Drying Process
So, your team has given you the all clear. Your water technician has shown you on their meter that everything is dry, and the hygrometer readings are looking great. Be sure to get it in writing if they are an IICRC certified firm and certify drying is complete. If you proceed to the repairs step placing new building materials such as dry wall before all moisture has been removed, building materials will become affected by transferred moisture, possibly promoting mold growth.
As you look across your home you see missing flooring, ripped drywall and missing doors. Take a breath, your job is just getting started. While restoration is typically handled within a few days, repairs can often take much longer depending on the size and scope of the damage at hand.
While your restoration team may have focused solely on the wet portions of your home, it may be that they will have to continue demolition to fix flooring or walls and get them ready for repair. Engineered wood flooring, for example, cannot be dried flat and sanded down to be re-stained in the same way a typical hardwood floor would be. If your hardwood flooring is damaged the damaged planks can usually be removed and replaced with new planks, and the rest of the floor can be sanded down and re-stained to create a brand-new look and finish.
In freshwater losses, often times the padding underneath your carpets may need to be removed and replaced. The carpet, in this case, is usually peeled back so the padding can be removed and replaced without fully removing the carpeting. While top down drying, meaning the carpet and floor beneath is dried with fans from above, is the most common solution, floating the carpet with a fan may at times be necessary depending on the style of carpet and flooring beneath.
Any drywall that has been cut and removed can be replaced with new drywall and mudded and taped into place. Once the new drywall is in place, a coat of primer and a new paint job is required. In situations where the base moldings have been removed and holes have been drilled into the wall, the simple repair is a re installation of the base molding and a fresh bead of caulk. If you have had work done on cabinetry where the cabinets cannot be dried in place, it is not uncommon to replace all remaining cabinets as well to sustain a nicely matched aesthetic.
Mitigation means to reduce the severity of something. Water mitigation means doing as much as possible to save building material and contents in your home from further water damage. The restoration methods we perform are almost always in the mindset of the repair side of things, and a lot of the measures we take to save building materials are with that in mind. Putting holes below the base board line, ending drywall cuts on a stud, and drilling out cabinets while saving the kick plates are just a few examples of the many techniques we use in restoration and repair every day!
Call the Best in Restoration and Repair in Macomb County!
When it comes to restoration and repair in Macomb County there is no one better than Action Extraction at applying methods that make home restoration and repair easy and stress free. We have serviced thousands of homes across the state of Michigan with a level of service and expertise you can be confident in. I hope you found this blog informative and helpful and that you’ll trust Action Extraction with all of your restoration and repair needs, now and in the future!