Choosing The Right Restoration Services Professional
When water damage occurs in your home ore business, you’re going to be faced with a serious mess that requires professional attention in order to be cleaned up thoroughly and properly. Choosing the right restoration professionals can be challenging, but with a little research, you can learn what to look for in order to make sure everything is fully restored quickly, and with as little out of pocket costs as possible.
After a flood or water leak, timing is critical. The drying and clean up process needs to start quickly, as the longer it sits, the worse the damage gets, and the more difficult and expensive it will become to repair. In situations where water damage occurred while putting out a fire, the mixture of ash and water can be very corrosive, and will begin to eat away at anything it touches within minutes, including wood, metal, and even glass. This damage is irreversible, and would require the total replacement of anything that’s affected.
The drying and restoration process can be rather intricate and detailed. It’s a job that is best done by professional technicians who experience and expertise with the equipment needed to properly rehabilitate your home or business.
You have choices in the field of restoration professionals, but not all will be able to provide an adequate level of experience and professionalism. PRS is a reputable restoration company that has provided the triangle area with dedicated service for many years. Our certified and licensed technicians are the best in the business, and take pride in returning a home to it’s condition from before the damage, or even better in some cases. As licensed contractors, we can not only strip out the damages parts of your home or business, but rebuild it to the specification you choose.
Beware of businesses without proper credentials. Our techs have received all the necessary training and safety education in order to carry the best certification the industry has to offer. As that type of training can cost quite a lot of money, some businesses prefer to cut corners. This only results in poor service for the end customer, who will likely end up paying more in the long run when the job isn’t don’t properly the first time.
If there’s every any kind of water damage to your home or business, it’s recommended that you contact PRS today. We’re available 24/7 through our emergency hot-line at 919-467-1991. Our trained and certified professionals will be able to determine the severity of the damage, and work with your insurance company to keep your out of pocket costs to a minimum.
What Does It Mean When Water Smells Bad?
If you’ve ever turned on the tap and thought that the water coming out smelled bad, you’re not alone. Many people have this problem in their homes, but few know what it means, and what to do about it. Sometimes, the issue at hand can be identified by the type of smell that’s emitted when the faucet is turned on, and how long the odor persists.
First, as a test, turn on the tap, fill a glass of water, and then walk away with it. Smell the water from the other side of the kitchen. If it still has an odor, there is a problem with the water itself, but if the smell is gone, it may be an issue with the drain or sink. Try cleaning them both with drain cleaner and bleach, and with some like the smell will go away.
If the water smells like rotten eggs, it may be an issue with the hot water heater, but if cold water has the same odor, then hydrogen sulfide contamination may be the problem. This is usually only an issue found with well water and can be solved with activated carbon filters, installed either at the faucet or in line with the main water supply to the house. They will need to be replaced periodically but can last anywhere from months to years, depending on the style.
When the sulfur odor only comes from hot water, then there is likely a problem with the hot water heater. On the inside of the heater, there is a magnesium rod, which is used as an anode to help minimize corrosion to household pipes. When the magnesium reacts with aluminum, it created hydrogen sulfide gas, which is then dissolved into the water and smells like rotten eggs. Checking to make sure that the gas is being properly vented from the water heater can prevent it from ending up in the water as it flows from the tank to your faucet.
Water that has a musty smell is indicative of decaying organic matter leeching into the water. This can be an issue for those with well water, or even city water if there is a break somewhere in the water line. Even a small amount of rotting plant matter making it into the water supply can cause a terrible odor, and some significant health risks, as well. As with the sulfur issue, a filter can be installed for those with well water, but those with city water should investigate where the organic material is entering the water line, and attempt to fix the problem.
An odor of oil or gasoline means there is likely a leak somewhere near by, and that those products are seeping into the ground water. Leaking storage tanks, industrial dumping, or improper disposal are all possible sources for this kind of contamination. This is one of the most serious forms of water contamination, and it means the water is no longer safe to drink or use until the issue is rectified. Contact a professional to come inspect your plumbing and water source, and rely on either bottled or boiled water until notified otherwise.
Steps To Take While Waiting For The Restoration Professionals To Arrive
Water damage can be caused by nature or by indoor plumbing, but no matter its source, the damage to your home can be severe. You should always contact a professional restoration service provider to make sure that the damage is handled properly, and your home is made safe for your family to live in. But in the mean time, there are several things that you can do while you wait for the pros to arrive.
The first and most important step is to stay safe. In some severe situations, contaminated floodwater or electrical hazards may make the home unsafe to occupy. If it’s not safe, wait outside until help arrives. Even slippery floors can pose a safety risk, so always err on the side of caution.
If possible, attempt to remove any excess water. Buckets, mops, and towels can help eliminate some of the water that standing on the surface. It may not seem like much, but by removing the big puddles, you’re preventing it from seeping further into your home, where it can become a more difficult problem to deal with.
Move any valuable items to safety, such as books, or family heirlooms. Furniture and appliances may be expensive, but they are also easily replaced, and will likely be covered by your insurance. Focus on the items that are irreplaceable and priceless to you.
Avoid turning on any electrical appliances, including fans, heaters, and vacuum cleaners. While they may appear to be helpful in the cleanup process, the electrical hazard that they pose could potentially make the situation much worse by either injuring someone or shorting out and causing a fire.
Additionally, attempting to use a vacuum cleaner to soak up or dry out the water is also going to spread bacteria and other microbes into the air, where they can potentially cause serious health issues, while also contaminating and ruining the machine.
Remove wet rugs from hard floorings, such as hardwood, vinyl, or laminate. The water they trap under them will slowly seep into the floor, and cause damage to the sub-flooring. Also, some rugs may have dyes and colorants that could bleed and stain the flooring below.
Any kitchenware, such as dishes and utensils, should be collected and sterilized with a strong bleach mixture. Both biological and chemical contaminants can stick to them even after they are dry, and may cause health problems in the future.
If there’s ever any kind of water damage to your home or business, it’s recommended that you contact PRS today. We’re available 24/7 through our emergency hot-line at 919-467-1991. Our trained and certified professionals will be able to determine the severity of the damage and work with your insurance company to keep your out of pocket costs to a minimum.