Virginia Beach Water Damage Restoration
United Floor Care Provide Water Damage Restoration,
Water Removal And Flood Cleanup
Water damage happens for a number of reasons and there is never a good time to experience having a flood happen in your home or business. We are IICRC certified in water damage restoration and advanced structural drying. Our water damage crews are only a call away 24/7 365 days a year.
Types Of Water Damage We Help With
- Washing Machine Hose Failure
- Toilet Overflow or Supply Line Break
- Garbage Disposal Malfunction
- Air Conditioning or Swamp Cooler Leak
- Dishwasher Leak
- Sink Overflows
- Frozen or Broken Water Lines
- Roof Leaks
- Window Leaks
- Flood Damage
- Foundation Water Leaks
- Water Sprinkler Leak
- Fire Sprinkler Leak / Malfunction
- Sump Pump Failure
- Sewage Line Backup
- & Many More
Water Removal In Virginia Beach
The two things to do when you experience water damage and need water removal services are:
1) To make sure the area is safe - water can be unpredictable and can quickly cause havoc to your property. If water is coming from above, ensure the area is safe to be in and that building materials are not falling in the area. If they are, remove everyone to safe location. If there is standing water, we recommend avoiding going in the area because of electrocution risks. Especially if water has risen above wall outlets. If you know where your breaker box is and it is not in that affected area, turn power off to that area of your home or business. If needed, we can hook up safe temporary power to properly mitigate your water loss.
2) Stop the flow of water if possible - in situations like pipe breaks, fire sprinkler system failure, toilet supply failure, and others. Turn the water to the property off to stop the flow of water. If you are unsure of how to do that, we may be able to assist you with that or we can refer a reputable plumber. For other situations like a sewage backup, a plumber will be needed to assess what caused the sewage backup. Whether it is a clogged sewage pipe or a separated line, this repair needs to happen first.
Virginia Beach Contaminated Water Cleanup
As water damage professionals, we have a standard of care that we use to restore your property back to pre-loss condition. One of the first steps we take is to categorize the water that has entered into the property.
Category 1 water is potable and clean. It is water that you would have had no issue drinking before it made its way or leaked into the area. It is very safe, and poses minimal to no health risks.
Category 2 water is slightly contaminated and considered wastewater. This type of water still has little risk but it isn't the type of water you would drink. Examples of this are bathwater or water the drain of a leaking appliance. Sometimes it is referred to as gray water.
Category 3 poses the most health related risks and is considered gross contaminated. This type of water comes from sewage backups, sump pump backups, and rain water traveling through soil, chemicals, animal feces, or other harmful materials.
While category 1 is the safest, it can become category 2 after just 48 hours of sitting. The same goes for category 2 water turning into category 3. The longer it is left alone, the more dangerous it can get and so it is entirely possible for category 1 water to turn into category 3 over a period of time.
Virginia Beach Water Damage Repair Experts
Every water damage we have encountered has its own set of challenges. We are water damage repair experts and we have the knowledge, equipment, and expertise to properly restore your property. Here are some of the step we take during your water damage repair.
- Inspection - We have a plethora of moisture detection tools to see where the water has gone and how the certain areas are. This includes thermal imaging cameras that allow us to see temperature differences in building materials. Water is typically cooler that the building materials themselves and so they show up that way on our thermal imaging camera. Knowing what is wet is very important so that we can put together a proper scope of work to help avoid any mold growth from missed moisture.
- Water Removal - This is a crucial step to help secondary damage from happening and to stop water from being able to move to other unaffected areas. We use trash pumps, sump pumps, truckmounted water extractors, portable water extractors, and many other tools to remove the bulk water that has entered your property.
- Material Removal - In some situations, we have to remove materials such as carpet, vinyl, drywall, insulation, and other materials. In situations like sewage losses we have to remove contents and belongings which we will catalog and document.
- Structural Drying - After all bulk water and needed materials have been removed we start the structural drying process. Structural drying believe it or not is the science of turning water into water vapor and removing it from the structure. We have many different types of water damage equipment but some of those include: air movers, dehumidifiers, and industrial heating equipment. We create an environment that allows rapid evaporation of the water. This is important to getting the structure dry as quickly as possible.