When it comes to water damage, we often use restorative drying in addition to, or instead of, reconstruction as a method to bring the structure back to its original state.
The capabilities of restorative drying are largely unknown or misunderstood. In many cases, the use of advanced dehumidification processes can eliminate, or at least alleviate, the need for much of the reconstruction being undertaken.
Fast response is essential to mitigate water damage. The need for emergency services is apparent in today’s growing mold happy world. Our radio-dispatched crews are equipped with powerful state of the art water extraction equipment, and the fastest dehumidification process on the market. Our fleet is constantly being updated with newer and better equipment as it becomes available on the market.
This equipment is capable of removing very large quantities of water from a structure very rapidly. If deployed soon enough, it can eliminate the need for costly remove and replace procedures.
With only the most current state of the art moisture detection equipment and monitoring devices, U S Catastrophe Inc. is able to know exactly when a structure is completely dry and allow for prompt removal of the drying equipment.
There are five major steps that water damage will take if not dealt with quickly and properly.
- Water Migration – moving laterally to areas not originally affected, including penetrating down, or “wicking up” through the walls.
- Primary Structural Damage – saturated hygroscopic materials begin swelling, buckling, warping, and delaminating can occur.
- Secondary Humidity Damage – previously undamaged hygroscopic materials begin to take on water vapor as indoor humidity rises. Again, swelling, buckling, warping and delaminating can occur. Wallpaper peels, ceiling sag or warp and metal corrodes.
- Fungal Damage – If left for more than 24 hours at the right temperature, fungi and bacteria spors will begin to germinate and multiply in and on organic materials.
- Sick Building Syndrome – As mold, mildew, and bacteria start to grow, air quality starts to degrade. People can become sick and develop respiratory problems.
Without quick action, a simple restorative dry down will become an expensive major demolition (or abatement) and reconstruction job.