Water restoration describes a range of potential losses due to water intrusion, where it can allow entry of a corrosive substance or process into a soft material or internal system, for instance, rotting of timber, rust formation, bacterial growth, mildew growth, de-lamination of materials including polyurethane foam, and others. Water is often the most damaging kind of environmental damage to buildings because it is a low cost and non-toxic substance. It is also non-reactive with a wide range of substances so that it is often applied to damaged parts of the building in order to provide additional protection. Water can be used to treat damage from chemical spills, or it may simply be used for the decorative effect. The main damage that can be done by water can be classified as either cosmetic or structural.
As the name suggests, cosmetic damage is the damage which may be a result of an unplanned event such as a storm, or from a natural disaster such as a hurricane. Structural damage, however, is much more serious than cosmetic damage and is usually the result of a building’s structural design.
Structural damage can be caused by a failure in a particular aspect of the building, such as insulation, or by a malfunctioning part of the building such as the plumbing, heating system, or a building’s air conditioning systems. It may also be caused by a structural flaw, such as shoddy construction, poor finishing, or weak framing, or even structural failure. When structural damage occurs, it can have a devastating effect on a building’s ability to work properly. This kind of water damage can include the entire structure falling down or having to be torn apart and replaced.
Once structural damage has occurred, it is important to address the problem as soon as possible in order to avoid the possibility of further damage. However, even when structural damage occurs, it is not always the case that all of the damage has been caused by a single issue. Some of the worst cases of water damage have occurred after major flooding which has caused extensive internal flooding within the building. In such cases, it is important to understand what caused the flooding in the first place and then to address the effects of the flooding. Flooding can be caused by several different types of issues such as water pipes bursting, burst, leaking pipes, water from underground sources such as sewage systems, sewage backups, sewage overflow, etc.
Flood restoration is crucial in both residential and commercial applications, as flood damage can cause significant structural damage to a building, which may prevent it from functioning as efficiently as it should. Water restoration is also necessary in order to restore the building to its original design. Many residential and commercial buildings are constructed with non-permeable windows and doors, or with an interior siding that cannot be cleaned easily, or in order to maintain the look of the building. In order to restore these kinds of buildings to their original appearance and function, water restoration needs to be undertaken after they have been damaged from a storm.
Residential restoration is more difficult but not impossible to do as many of the problems are not usually the result of any one specific issue, although there are some common mistakes made when restoration is being carried out. For example, if the home was built on a sloping site, or if it is not situated in a high traffic area, it is imperative to use flood protection and to have a drain installed to prevent damage to surrounding buildings or trees.