disaster relief and water damage restoration

Hurricane and Storm Damage Restoration

Jacksonville residents certainly understand the devastation that’s possible when storms move through Northeast Florida. Storm surges combined with high rainfall that are common during hurricanes and other weather events have caused extensive flooding throughout Duval County.

Since storm damage is common and other types of flooding also occur in the region, it pays to be prepared to handle any water damage your home may suffer. Local water damage restoration experts from MicroTech Solutions stand ready to help property owners recover after flooding has occurred. 

It’s also important to remember that different types of water damage require different restoration techniques. That’s why our MicroTech team is constantly learning the latest strategies to help property owners get their lives back to normal. Here is some advice restoration professionals always recommend after flooding occurs.

a quick response is always important

One of the most important steps necessary after any type of flooding is removing the water as quickly as possible. Water damage to a structure gets progressively worse as time passes, and losses will continue to mount until all moisture is removed from a property.

Both residential and commercial properties need immediate attention to stop water from further penetrating building materials. Our team of experts is available 24/7 to make sure a client’s property receives fast water damage mitigation after flooding occurs.

Drywall is especially subject to damage when submerged in water. Damaged drywall is normally removed right away because the water begins to swell and break down the material almost immediately. However, a quick response minimizes the amount of drywall that needs to be replaced as wicking is kept to a minimum. 

Carpeting, drapes, and furniture may be salvageable depending on the type of water and how long those items are left wet. That’s another reason it’s vitally important to contact experts for disaster relief as soon as possible.

water extraction is the first step toward rcovery

Far too often, property owners believe they can effectively deal with water extraction and drying by themselves after a home or business is flooded. In a small percentage of instances that might actually be true if the water is clean and has not permeated the walls, carpeting, or building materials. In most cases, it’s far more prudent to contact experts for help.

Every home is different, so the best strategy for water extraction won’t always be the same. For example, properties with tile flooring may not require the same level of services as a home that’s completely carpeted. 

It’s also important to discover if the water is clean, gray, or black. In some cases, the answer is obvious. A water supply line to a washing machine will contain clean water that’s relatively easy to work with. Clean water doesn’t include a high risk of spreading microbes that could increase the number of health threats.

Gray water is generally from showers or bathtubs, dishwashers, or clothes washers. It might even be from a home’s aquarium. In most situations, the threat from gray water is minimal, but there may be chemicals present that can cause problems. Gray water can also evolve to become black water if its removal is not addressed promptly.

Black water is seriously contaminated and commonly seen in cases with exterior sources of flood water and backups from sewer lines. Property owners should never be tempted to clean up flooding that includes black water. It’s simply too dangerous. Flood mitigation professionals have the training and experience to deal with this type of flooding and should always be contacted immediately if black water is present.

prompt cleanup minimizes the potential for mold growth

All Jacksonville area residents have likely seen some type of mold development in their homes in the past, especially in bathrooms, laundry areas, and under sinks. The region is already extremely humid, so the development of mold is a given. Those minor issues can, as a rule, be dealt with by a property owner.

After flooding, mold can gain a foothold quickly and be difficult to control. Mold develops within days of flooding if the affected area isn’t quickly and effectively dried. Most home and business owners are not aware of all the places mold can develop and grow. Our trained technicians know all the places mold will typically become established after flooding and take steps to eliminate any growth before it becomes a health hazard.

take advantage of mold removal services

One major issue facing property owners as they attempt to recover following flooding is removing damaged flooring that can’t be salvaged. Again, the sooner water-damaged materials are removed the faster a home or business can be restored. 

Because a speedy removal is important, most homeowners can’t really handle this type of job. Flooding mitigation professionals have the equipment necessary to remove all damaged flooring materials quickly and efficiently. 

Our team will also dispose of all the damaged materials, which is often a problem for property owners who’ve experienced flood damage. Rather than having a pile of materials stacked in front of your home while waiting for a disposal company to remove it, take advantage of the disaster recovery team that’s dedicated to delivering top-quality service.

evaluate your home now for signs of water damage

While flooding is obvious, there are other types of water damage that are not quite as apparent. Recurring mold and mildew indicate there’s too much moisture in that area. Now is the time to find and eliminate all sources of water damage. Brown water stains on walls and ceilings are also signs of water damage that requires attention. Wet carpeting and condensation on windows also suggest there’s simply too much moisture in a building. 

If you’re seeing any signs of water damage in your home or business, now is the time to take action. Since water damage tends to grow dramatically when left unattended, it simply makes good sense to contact water damage restoration professionals for help now rather than later. 

Remember, dangerous mold starts to develop quickly in Jacksonville’s damp climate. Rather than risking the health of your family or business patrons, contact us, the professionals, to explore solutions for all types of water damage.