It all depends on the severity of the damage resulting from the disaster, whether it is damage from sewage or other sources. In more serious cases – a flood for example – it may be necessary to replace floors and partitions, or even part of the frame, if too wet. Plasterboards often need to be changed because they are permeable. Sometimes rugs and some floor coverings can be cleaned thoroughly, dried, and then put back in place. An expert will be able to tell you if they can be recovered or not. If the electrical wiring installed in the walls has been affected by the water damage, it will be necessary to have it inspected by an electrician before changing anything. Some furniture, as well as ceiling panels, can be saved if they have been dried within 24 hours; otherwise, they will need to be replaced to avoid the risk of mold contamination. Some companies specialize only in water damage restoration and other disasters, while others also offer a full renovation service. Once the restoration of the structures is complete, it is time to move on to the restoration stage.
The purpose of this operation is to restore a house or a dwelling to its original appearance, after having suffered a disaster. This can be an opportunity to further embellish his living environment. Whether painting, installing wallpaper, or applying a floor covering, remember that surfaces must first be completely dry, smooth, and sound before you can proceed. For painting, it is important to follow certain steps to rehabilitate walls and ceilings that have been damaged by water:
- Ventilate the room well before working in it
- Clean and properly prepare the substrates (scrape plaster and paint deposits, seal small cracks, sand to smooth)
- Application of anti-mold treatment
- Application of a water-repellent primer
- Application of the surface paint (ideally glycerol, non-acrylic)
- Leave to dry for at least 24 hours between coats
- If these precautionary measures seem a little complex to you, consult a disaster restoration professional to perform these tasks for you.
Neutralize odors of humidity
In principle, a home that has been properly dried and decontaminated to remove the risk of mold should not emit unpleasant odors. If in doubt, do not hesitate to ask your disaster recovery specialist to check the humidity of the premises and the quality of the ambient air. Remember that mold may have infiltrated without your knowledge into furniture, objects, especially textiles. It only takes a few spores for the bacteria to spread, recognizable by their musty smell. The surfaces concerned can be treated with neutralizing products.
if you have taken out home insurance, it will be advisable to inform your representative of the presence of water damage in your home. If the problem stems from a dwelling next to yours, you will have to fill out a report with its main occupant. It may be helpful to take several photos of the areas affected by the water damage. To ensure the quality of the cleaning, and the renovation if necessary, be sure to consult a licensed contractor with the required accreditations and training. A specialized company must have the necessary equipment, work clothes, and products to clean the flooded areas. It must guarantee rapid and effective intervention; an expert in this field can also advise you on the details of your claim to your insurer.