Water damage removal from cleaning to renovation

In addition to the direct and obvious destruction and damage, a water damage elimination must also reach hidden, deeper damage. As soon as water damage has penetrated moisture or moisture in the structure or furnishings, professional and expensive drying is usually unavoidable.

Fastest possible start

After the water damage suffered, the first question to ask is what to do now. As far as possible, the first reactions should be to take all possible steps to limit the acute damage as best as possible. These include shutting off the main water tap, cutting off the power supply, sealing against further expansion and scavenging standing or running water.

After reporting immediately to the building owner, landlord and insurance company, water damage removal must be started immediately. Moisture and moisture quickly lead to mold after water damage, which can cause long-term damage.

Clean and rebuild plan

The central task in the removal of water damage is the residue-free drying of all damp or wet masonry or furnishings. In most cases, water damage causes coarse pollution. Softened up materials, puddles and mud must first be removed and static damage must be ensured.

Already before the rough initial cleaning the water damage should be extensively documented by photos or filming. After "exposing" floors, ceilings and all other surfaces, a new documentation is recommended. Now is the time to assess the total remediation cost of the water damage and to draw up a rehabilitation plan.

Drying of walls and floors

The elimination of water damage in masonry is carried out by a professional renovation company. In most cases, the insurance company responsible for the regulation of the damage orders a specialized company. If this is not the case, it is absolutely advisable to arrange your own fastest possible commissioning in consultation with the insurance provider.

The extent of the water damage determines the methods and the effort for proper disposal. The measures for drying the walls and screed drying are the focus of the renovation. They determine the expected drying time of the water damage.

Repair and renovation

Often, additional structural work such as drilling holes or milling gaps is required for the drying work. After the drying out of the water damage, the repair work follows. In addition to filling the holes and gaps, damaged mortar and plasters may need to be renewed or repaired. If necessary, electrical and plumbing installations will be repaired and window or door frames replaced.

Final work on water damage elimination restores to the initial optical state. Renovation works such as painting, wallpapering and flooring restore the original look. Optionally, dried and refurbished furnishings can be reused. The professional water damage elimination must not be recognized after completion.

Tips & Tricks

Photograph or film the development of the work in each phase of the water damage elimination. If the remediation companies feel disturbed, make your pictures out of hours. Make sure that you have access to your temporary "construction site" at all times.

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