Whether it’s a burst pipe or a serious storm; unwanted water can come from a variety of sources and cause lasting damage to a home. In any scenario, it’s imperative that all standing water is removed and the home is restored as quickly as possible. Standing moisture can lead to mold growth in as little as 48 hours. It also continually degrades the integrity of the building materials that absorb it, thus making the home less safe for everyone inside.
Our water damage cleanup services are about much more than just cleaning the home. It’s about making the home a safe and reliable environment for all residents. That’s impossible as long as water, mold, or damaged building materials remain. Our services include cleanup as well as restoration. We also provide useful mitigation services to help reduce the risk of serious water damage in the future.
Cleaning up water damage requires a unique approach for every home. It is not quite as simple as drying up the water you see on the surface. Many materials in a home are porous and will absorb water almost immediately. Within only a few minutes, water can be absorbed deep below the subfloor and into the very foundation itself. This is highly problematic and needs to be addressed immediately.
If you want to reduce the level of restoration needed and ultimately the amount it will cost, then you need to contact our services at the first sign of water damage. Waiting until mold appears or wood begins to rot will increase the time and the price extensively.
Water damage falls into one of three categories. These categories are provided by The Institute of International Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). The IICRC is responsible for providing numerous standards related to water damage cleanup Minneapolis, sewage leakage, flood repairs, and water damage mitigation. The three categories do not relate to the extent of the damage, but rather the source and the quality of the water.
1. Category One: Water damage in this category comes from a sanitary drinking source. Examples of category one damage include a burst pipe in the walls or a sink that floods the kitchen. Despite being classified as a sanitary source we would never recommend consuming the water. However, contact with this water should not result in sickness.
2. Category Two: This includes water damage that originates from a contaminated source and is not safe for consumption. Flood water that fills a basement or garage is considered category two water damage. It is best to avoid this water damage entirely and contact a water damage restoration company as soon as possible.
3. Category Three: This includes all water damage that is considered “extremely contaminated”. A burst sewage pipe is an example of category three water damage. Category three water damage will contain numerous harmful pathogens and should be avoided without proper safety gear and training.
Our experts are trained to deal with water damage from all potential sources. Whether it’s clean water from a damaged sink or contaminated water from a sewage pipe; we have the training and equipment to remedy the problem. We can help return your home to its previous condition before mold has time to set in and cause even more damage. But it’s up to you to pick up the phone and contact our office at the first sign of water damage.