Starting the Water Damage Restoration Process

When a severe storm, burst pipe, or other disaster causes flooding in your home, it can be devastating, and cleanup can seem overwhelming. Knowing what to do allows you to begin restoration immediately, minimizing damage to structural elements and personal belongings. Homeowners can take initial steps to remove and disinfect damaged items. For more complicated tasks requiring specialized equipment and expertise, it’s crucial to enlist the services of a professional. At Utah Flood Cleanup, our experienced technicians take the best course of action to restore your home to its original condition.

Water Damage Restoration Process in Utah - Utah Flood Cleanup

What You Can Do

It’s critical that you act as quickly as possible to keep mold growth and water damage to a minimum.

  • As soon as possible, contact your insurance company to file a claim. Take photos and keep detailed records of damage.
  • When pumping out a heavily-flooded basement, remove no more than 2-3 feet of water each day to keep outside pressure from damaging walls. Shovel out mud and spray hard surfaces with water to remove residue.
  • Use hot water and a powerful disinfectant to scrub areas impacted by floodwaters. Follow up with a solution of 1/4 cup chlorine bleach per gallon of water for additional protection against mold and bacteria.
  • Discard mattresses, and bring clothing, rugs, and bedding outside right away to dry.
  • Keep your home well-ventilated. Open windows and use fans to circulate air.

It’s also essential to take safety precautions. Check for structural damage before entering your home. Wear gloves, boots, and a mask when sanitizing surfaces and personal items. Turn off the electricity when cleaning appliances or if wires have been saturated by floodwaters. If sewage systems have been impacted, boil water for drinking and cooking until the water supply is officially declared safe.

Water Damage Restoration Process in Utah

For flood cleanup projects that are beyond your ability or require specialized assistance, contact a professional flood cleanup service as soon as possible.

  • After obtaining written authorization to service your property, technicians inspect your home to determine the source of the flood and the extent of damage to affected areas. With this information, they outline the best restoration plan for you.
  • Next, they’ll focus their attention on removing remaining floodwater and discarding wet insulation, ceiling tiles, and carpet padding to prevent moisture from spreading.
  • To reduce the risk of mold growth and structural damage, an EPA-approved antimicrobial solution is applied as needed. Safe for people and pets, the treatment deodorizes and sanitizes to inhibit bacterial reproduction.
  • Moisture levels are consistently monitored. Accelerating the evaporation process is a priority, so technicians place industrial air movers and dehumidifiers in key areas of your home, allowing it to dry out as quickly as possible. Be sure to leave the equipment running until evaporation is complete.
  • Many flood cleanup services have specialized facilities for restoring personal items and cherished mementos. Professional cleaning ensures the prevention of mold and odors, so you can keep what is important to you.
  • Once the cleanup is accomplished, professional contractors can restore, walls, floors, and structural elements to their original condition.

Contact Utah Flood Cleanup Today

At Utah Flood Cleanup, our professional teams not only provide premier service after a flood, but also in the event of fire, mold damage, and more. Our certified technicians have experience in every residential or commercial disaster you can imagine.  Available 24 hours a day, we are committed to providing the best restoration and repair service so you can get back into your home as soon as possible. Contact us here or call 801-416-2666 for a free consultation and inspection of insurance-covered damage, or to request a quote.

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