Emergency Residential Water Damage Cleanup
After a water disaster, the more time that passes, the greater the damage can become. Water tends to flow along the easiest path, which typically means it spreads out across flat surfaces and makes its way into lower levels or subflooring. Water also soaks into porous building materials such as wood or sheetrock, where it can have drastic effects, including swelling, warping, flooring separation (delamination), discoloration, or other extensive and often irreparable damage. The longer these materials remain damp, the greater the damage.
ServiceMaster of the Shore Area is a trusted expert for water damage restoration services. We are licensed, and insured, and our excellent reputation, IICRC certified water technicians, and satisfaction guarantee mean you can count on ServiceMaster of the Shore Area for any water restoration needs in Bay Head, NJ and surrounding areas.
The information below provides a generic overview of the water cleanup process and may not apply to your specific loss, but we hope that this information will help you gain a better understanding of our services.
Understanding The Drying Process
Our primary goal is to restore your property as quickly as possible while providing skillful workmanship and excellent customer service. Drying and restoration frequently include the following three phases:
PHASE 1: Emergency Service
First, a ServiceMaster technician assesses the damage and informs you of the necessary steps and approximate cost. Work can begin as soon as we receive a signed Statement of Authorization. If the carpet or other materials can be saved, we begin water extraction immediately. Powerful air movers and dehumidifiers are then used to complete the drying of carpet, sub-floor, and other materials. The technicians will explain how long the equipment must be left on for the best results. We also treat affected areas as needed to protect against mold and microbial growth.
Job Site Inspections
Regular access to the property during business hours at all stages of the drying process is necessary, because this allows us to monitor the moisture levels, temperature, and other conditions. We will work with you to arrange a method for gaining re-entry into your home or commercial facility so we can ensure that the drying process proceeds correctly.
PHASE 2: Reinstallation/Cleaning
If the carpet was able to be restored, new carpet pad may still be necessary, in which case we would restretch and reattach the carpeting. Affected areas are thoroughly cleaned, leaving a clean slate for you to carry on with your life. Carpets, upholstery, and other surfaces are cleaned, and any remaining drying equipment is removed.
PHASE 3: Structural Repairs
If you experience structural damage, the repairs begin once the drying is complete. Ceilings, floors, and drywall will be repaired, and new carpets will be installed if the old ones could not be rescued. Depending on the type and extent of the structural damage, this phase may occur prior to reinstallation and cleaning.