After securing the premises one of the first thing a professional restoration expert wants to do is find out how far has the water traveled? Starting at the source of the water damage the professional restorer must determine how far the water has migrated in every direction. Next, he determines what types of materials have moisture from the water damage. He would check sub flooring, type of carpet and underlay or padding, what type of wall construction, is there any insulation and if so what type. All the affected materials are compared cost to restore verses replacement. Can the materials be restored to their original condition and if not, they would be replaced? Can the materials be restored for less than replacement? Does the homeowner want to replace anyway? Does the insurance cover 100% replacement?
Three factors will help in the decision. 1. Degree of contamination. 2. Damage to the Item. 3. Replacement cost versus restoration cost. So, the restorer needs to identify the material, degree of contamination, damage to the item, and replacement cost versus restoration cost. Some materials require more aggressive means to dry because they have slight reversible damage. Drying in place means that the wet surfaces are dried with little or no manipulation.
To help in the drying process items that cannot be dried or decontaminated or if the item is of low value would be removed so the rest of the drying process would not be hindered. Items in this category would include removal of surface or finish materials for example sheet goods, wallpaper, wallboard. This is referred to as disruptive because the materials have to be removed.
The items that can be restored are inspected several times throughout the drying process by documenting how much moisture remains. If the material is not drying more aggressive means may be in order such as removal.
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