A Brief Lesson on the Basics of Home Restoration
With the school year fast approaching, it’s time to shift the focus from barbecuing and relaxing outside back to the important work of learning new things about the world. And for homeowners, one of the best things to learn about is home restoration. Despite every homeowner’s best efforts, accidents and disasters can still happen - and whether it’s a burst pipe, flooded basement, kitchen fire, or fallen tree, they can leave behind a lot of damage.
Fortunately, with the help of a restoration specialist, one can bring any home back to its former glory. Read on to discover the different types of home restoration and what they entail.
Flood and Water Damage Restoration
Flooding and water damage are perhaps the most common forms of residential property damage. They can be caused by a variety of circumstances and have many lasting repercussions. The restoration process involves:
- Acting quickly to prevent further damage
- Removing any hidden leftover moisture
- Repairing or replacing all damaged materials
The restoration expert will first determine the source and cause of the water and contain it or shut it off. They will then determine whether or not it’s contaminated (i.e., wastewater) and thoroughly assess the damage. Next, they’ll remove furniture and other property from the affected area and pump out the excess water. Carpet and drywall removal may be necessary if the damage is extensive enough.
The area will be dried with fans and dehumidifiers, and one can use special equipment to detect hidden moisture that may lead to mold growth. The area will then be cleaned and sanitized, and any necessary repairs will be performed - replacing carpet and drywall, repairing flooring, painting, etc.
Smoke and Fire Damage Restoration
A similar process is followed in the case of fire or smoke restoration. Once it’s clear that the source is neutralized and safe to begin, a pro will conduct a thorough inspection and damage assessment. If the destruction has left holes or gaps in the roof, walls, or windows, they will add temporary protection such as boards or tarps for protection against the elements.
Next, soot and smoke residue will be removed from every surface with deep scrubbing, stripping, and sanding, if necessary. The affected area will be cleaned and sanitized, and the pro will use special odor removal techniques such as fogging and air scrubbing to get rid of lingering smoke smells. Finally, all damaged areas will be repaired or reconstructed, then restored to their original condition (or better!).
Disaster Recovery & Restoration
Even more unpredictable - and potentially destructive - than indoor mishaps are natural disasters and severe weather events. Ohio may not get as many severe storms as some parts of the country, but it sees its fair share of blizzards, heavy rain, hail, thunderstorms, and even a few tornadoes. Blowing debris, flooding, falling trees, ice, and snow can all cause massive damage to a home, both inside and out.
Disaster recovery services include roof repair, repairing and resurfacing exterior walls or siding, replacing broken windows and shutters, and rebuilding destroyed architecture. Natural disasters can cause severe damage to a home, compromising the structural integrity of rooftops, eaves, awnings, or decks. So it’s always best to hire a certified restoration professional whose focus is not just on aesthetics but also on lasting safety.
About AllPhase Restoration
For years, AllPhase Restoration has proudly served the Columbus, OH community. Their courteous, certified technicians are restoration experts, including fire, water, and mold remediation, disaster recovery, and biohazard cleanup. They offer 24/7 emergency service and a 100% satisfaction guarantee on every job. Call now for restoration services!