Drying Inside the Wall- 3 of 3

Plaster walls present a unique challenge. They dry much slower than gypsum drywall, but the price to replace plaster is quite high. Therefore, drying is usually a more cost-effective and better option than removal. Special techniques such as tenting and low-grain dehumidification are used to effectively dry plaster walls. Raising the temperature of the room […]

Drying Inside the Wall- 2 of 3

Another common impediment to drying is insulation. A wall may contain fiberglass (with or without backing material), spray foam, or blown-in insulation. Each of these materials presents its own special needs in the drying process. Blown-in fiberglass or cellulose insulation can compact and move down the wall cavity when it becomes wet. After compression occurs, […]

CAN WE SAVE THE CARPET? 6 of 6

Proper training is the key. Every water damage situation is different. There are varying circumstances that determine whether the carpet can or should be saved. Its age, condition, the type of installation and quality of material are all factors that need to be considered. The goal of a restoration contractor is to save, do the […]

CAN WE SAVE THE CARPET? 5 of 6

Category-3 (black water) A Category-3   (black water) is water that is grossly contaminated – containing pathogenic or other harmful agents and materials. Examples of this type of loss include sewage; toilet backflows that originate beyond the toilet trap (regardless of color); all forms of flooding from seawater, rivers, or streams; rising ground water; and […]

CAN WE SAVE THE CARPET? 4 of 6

Category-2 Category-2 (“grey” water) is not a clean water source since it contains contaminates with the potential to cause discomfort or sickness if swallowed or contacted. This would typically include overflow from washing machines or dishwashers, toilet overflows with no solid matter, broken aquariums, sump pump failures, etc. Because of the additional contamination, this type […]

CAN WE SAVE THE CARPET? 3 of 6

DETERMINING CATEGORY OF LOSS The first step professional mitigation companies take is determining the category of water damage as follows: Category-1 (“clean” water) A Category-1 loss is from a clean water source and has not come in contact with materials that carry a health concern for the occupants. This would include broken water pipes, leaking […]

CAN WE SAVE THE CARPET? 2 of 6

CAUTIONING CUSTOMERS As with any property damage, health and safety is of primary importance. The customer should be cautioned about slipping and falling on wet flooring, electrical hazards, contaminated water, and falling debris such as drywall or acoustical ceiling tiles. Some customers attempt to extract the water themselves. While this can be of some benefit, […]