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Water Damage Inspection and Assessment Service
Life is sweet when everything is going fine, including at home. But as with every other area of life, unforeseen circumstances do happen. One of them being water damage.
Water damage from floods, leaky pipes, sewage backup, or any other source is an incident no one prays for. But these things do happen. When they happen, your topmost priority will be to clean up the mess and restore your home to its original healthy living conditions.
The first step in the water damage restoration process is inspection and assessment. Water damage inspection and assessment involve collecting and analyzing relevant data to determine the extent of water damage your property has endured. At AAA Water Damage Repair, we do this for you, so you don’t have to worry about it.
We use sophisticated tools and equipment such as moisture detectors and surface gauges which help us gather objective measurements on wet or dry surfaces. We also take photos before and after to provide you with proper documentation of the damage.
Completing this process as soon as possible will help prevent further water damage and cut down on your project’s cost. Our technicians work efficiently and diligently to complete our services on time. We always find an effective solution to remediate water damage for you, whether it’s a simple fix or a more complex project.
If damage to your property reaches dangerous levels, we use our experience and knowledge to inform you immediately so that you can make an informed decision on how to proceed. We want to ensure there is no further risk of flooding or other dangerous situations recurring and help repair any water damage your building has endured.
Why should you have Water Damage Inspection and Assessment Performed?
The water damage inspection and assessment service help determine the most cost-effective way to dry out your property thoroughly. A water damage inspection helps assess the level of damage, calculate costs, remove excess moisture, possible mold growth, other damage, and time to repair or restore items.
If you skip the water damage inspection and assessment, you will waste time and money in the restoration and repair phase. Without the results from a proper evaluation, you will be throwing money into fixing only the things that appear to be undergoing water damage. Also, you will not know the class and extent of the damage – everything you do will be based on trial and error. And in most cases, you will still experience further damage (including mold growth and warping and/or breaking of items) down the line because you will miss many of the things that looked dry but had moisture content in them.
Who Assesses Water Damage?
Water damage inspection and assessment is best left to professionals like us. There are many reasons for this. The first is that you do not have the appropriate equipment to assess water damage. You cannot just use your eyes to gauge the degree of damage. With the proper equipment, you can tell the exact extent of the damage.
Secondly, there are four classes of water damage (separate from the degree of water damage). These classes of water damage range from class 1 to 4, with class 4 being the most damage. Class 4 water damage is often referred to as “bound water.” Properties or belongings with class 4 water damage cannot be salvaged. You can only throw them away.
Thirdly, there are three categories of water: Black water, grey water, and white water. Black water is the most dangerous of them, while white water poses little to no threat. You need the right skill and knowledge to detect and deal with each category.
Only trained professionals using the right equipment can tell these classes and categories of damage. The class of damage also determines the type of restoration work that will be done. That further validates the fact that you will be wasting time and money in trial and error water damage restoration activities without adequate assessment.
How We Perform Water Damage Inspection and Assessment
When you hire AAA Water Damage Repair for your water damage assessment, we will first do a visual evaluation. We’ll look for any visible signs of water damage, or possible water intrusion, at your property or belongings.
After the visual inspection is done, we will start our infrared thermography scan. This allows us to determine whether there are any heat sources under wet drywall insulation, carpet padding, sub-flooring, etc. Any heat source at all could be an indication of prolonged water damage, or even worse – mold growth.
Once we determine where the water damage is coming from, three possible scenarios can occur:
- We have determined if your property needs to be dried with commercial equipment or not. If it does, then AAA Water Damage Repair has the necessary equipment to get the job done.
- We have found that your property does not need commercial drying, and we can use our domestically produced desiccant dehumidifiers to dry everything out.
- The water damage is coming from an external source, so you will need to fix whatever is causing it before we can dry your property.
We also employ other equipment in determining the class of water and the best course of meaningful action. When we are through with our evaluation, we will tell you our findings and how you should proceed.
Areas of Your Property the Inspection Covers
Our water damage evaluation carefully covers your entire property. We assess everything, including:
Living spaces, including basements and garages
- Bathrooms and any associated rooms
- Ceilings, walls, drywalls, and floors
- Any exterior entry points that may have been affected by water coming into your property include doors leading to the outside, windowsills, and gaps around your basement’s foundation wall.
- Belongings, including appliances, furniture, and rugs. We will carefully check your belongings to see if they were affected by the water damage. We might find that some of your belongings have been destroyed while others show no effects of a water invasion.
- Our inspection also covers all of your appliances. We look at water heaters, furnaces, and washing machines.
Water damage also includes the presence of mold, so we check for it too. If we find any signs of mold in your home, we will recommend an action step to rid your home of mold.
This inspection helps us determine how extensive the water damage is throughout your property. It’s part of the process to help you make an informed decision about your damage.