Flood Cleanup & Damage Restoration Services
Although it’s possible to clean up minor leaks and water incidents yourself, there are times when you need to hire a professional flood damage restoration expert, like HRS Restoration Services. Our flood damage restoration process involves assessment, containment, water and mold removal as well as airing out, cleaning, disinfecting and sanitizing. We complete our process with commercial grade equipment and cleaners and in accordance with the latest industry knowledge.
HRS Restoration Services has been restoring flood damaged homes and businesses in the Denver area for nearly two decades. Our team of professionals include licensed contractors, electricians, and plumbers. To prevent a flood in the future and restore your electrical system, you’ll be glad that one company can handle it all.
Call HRS at the first signs of a flood in your home or business. We know flooding can happen at any time and we’re ready to assist 24/7!
What Is Flood Damage Restoration?
Flood damage restoration services include flood damage cleanup and flood remediation. Water damage mitigation is the first phase of flood damage restoration while flood remediation precedes the final property restoration.
The work involves cleaning up, drying out, and sanitizing all affected areas and materials. Initial repairs are also a part of flood remediation. Professional flood damage repair teams do this to ensure the structural integrity of water-damaged floors, walls, and ceilings. Once remediation is complete, reconstruction work begins.
What Causes Flooding?
Common flooding causes include clogged or failed drains, catastrophic weather, sewer line breaks, and natural features around your business such as lawn grade or a lack of vegetation. Flooding in homes is often experienced in basements and crawl spaces. Businesses, just like homes, often have the same elements such as HVAC systems, and in some cases, other appliances that might malfunction and lead to a flood. Below we discuss flooding in your home or business in more detail.
Flooding in your home can happen when your gutters are clogged, your roof is damaged or your foundation has cracks and holes. The chances of a flood increase when your drainage is inadequate and your downspouts are non-existent or too close to your home.
The increasing frequency of more severe rain and windstorms has led to more flooding. Even homes that aren’t located in a flood zone are not immune from flooding.
Causes of Home Flooding Include:
- Inadequate Drainage
- Landscape Slope and Weather Events
- Melting Snow
- Severe Weather
- HVAC System Failure
- Broken Pipes
- Clogged Gutters
- Damaged Foundation
Businesses, just like homes, have HVAC systems. These HVAC systems can break down and cause a flood at your place of business. What is worse is that business floods can happen when you are not there to know about it. Flooding in your business, especially if you are closed on the weekends, can often be devastating the longer floodwaters remain. Sometimes businesses who share walls and floors with other businesses can experience flooding that originated in a neighboring business. When this happens, it can be especially difficult to control since the source is not within your four walls.
Causes of Business Flooding Include:
- HVAC System Failure
- Flooding in an Adjacent Business
- Sprinkler Malfunction: Inside or Outside
- Severe Storms
- Melting Snow or Ice
Dangers Of Water Damage
Water damage can be more extensive than you might originally think or that it might appear at first glance.
Repairing water damage is not as simple as removing the water you can see and drying out the area with fans and open windows. Any time you have excess water coming into contact with porous surfaces or fabric, your water problem becomes a mold problem. Mold is especially difficult to eliminate when you can’t see all of the spores hiding behind walls and under floors.
It only takes a minimal amount of flood water to damage the electrical system and appliances in your home. It may not be possible to repair electronics but you will need to restore your electrical system.
Water acts in a corrosive manner to wood and other porous surfaces like drywall. The best way to thoroughly remove water is a company that provides water extraction and mitigation in Denver. They will take steps to make sure what started out as a flood doesn’t have to end up a remodel.
Finally, if your flooding event includes sewage tainted water, exposure to sewage, and its associated health effects, becomes a problem. Below we discuss the dangers of emergency flood cleanup in more detail.
Some people are especially susceptible to the presence of mold. At a minimum, mold exposure symptoms can lead to itchy, red, watery eyes, skin rashes and coughing. More severe health effects include shortness of breath and for those who are allergic to mold – asthma attacks.
Symptoms of mold exposure can happen from inhalation or even a brief touch and certain groups are more likely to suffer ill health effects. This includes the elderly, children, people who are immunocompromised, and anyone with existing respiratory issues.
Mold can develop rapidly as long as it has a cool, damp and dark environment to thrive in. Thankfully, HRS provides a full suite of services including mold restoration in Denver.
When there are electrical appliances present, floodwaters can lead to a potentially lethal situation. Potential outcomes include short circuiting, electrical components being submerged or water coming into contact with electrical equipment like lighting, appliances or computers.
The combination of water and electricity is a recipe for electrocution. The only way to minimize the danger is to completely shut off power to your home or business BEFORE you enter it to begin the flood remediation process.
It is also advised to have a professional, preferably an electrician, check the electrical distribution system for ground faults, remove covers, clean outlets and check and replace fuse boxes.
Floodwaters can damage your foundation in two ways: from the force of fast moving water and from the water seeping in and causing or widening cracks in your foundation. Both kinds of damage weaken the structural integrity of your home and expose the interior to the outside elements.
Exposure to sewer gas and sewage tainted water may threaten your health. If your plumbing is backed up, your septic tank fails, or floodwaters containing sewer water find their way inside, you risk exposure to sewage.
Sewage is made up of bacteria, viruses, and protozoa. Avoid direct contact with sewage or surfaces contaminated by sewage. Otherwise, sewage tainted water may lead to gastroenteritis. Wearing personal protective equipment or avoiding sewer gas exposure altogether is your best bet.
How To Prevent Flooding
It can be difficult to prevent a flood from happening when Mother Nature comes calling in the form of storms and other weather events.
However, you can take some steps to protect your property, including ensuring that doors and windows are installed and sealed correctly, porous surfaces are sealed and the areas around your home or business are properly graded to prevent water from intruding into the space.
What To Do If Your Home Or Business Floods
If your home or business floods, one of the first things you need to do is cut off the power to reduce the chance of electrocution. The next thing you need to do is locate and stop the source of the flooding.
You may need to shut off your home’s main water valve, patch holes, or board up your roof depending on the cause of flooding.
It is best to leave the premises to eliminate any exposure to sewage tainted water and exposure to quickly forming mold and mildew.
Next you will want to call a professional water damage restoration company. Look for one like HRS that is available around the clock and who employs trained and licensed contractors, plumbers and electricians.
You, or a professional, need to begin the cleanup process ASAP to prevent further damage to your home or business. This includes water extraction and removing fixtures and electronics and anything that may be too water saturated to repair. Removal of water is key to preventing further structural damage and mold and mildew spread. Make sure to inventory and document the condition of items for your own piece of mind and insurance purposes.
When To Call A Professional
If the floodwaters aren’t receding, or you’re dealing with sewage tainted waters, it is best to call a professional. The same is true if you can’t find the source of the flooding or the extent of the floodwaters has spread throughout your home or entire basement.
HRS provides water damage restoration in Denver for homes and businesses and uses the latest technology to extract, clean and repair your flood tainted home.
If you, your family, or your customers risk exposure to sewage tainted water, it is time to call a professional. No amount of household cleaning products can adequately clean up, disinfect and sanitize sewage tainted water.
Furthermore, the longer flood damage remains, the more likely the water, and mold and mildew, is growing in places you can’t access.
Why Choose HRS Restoration Services
HRS Restoration Services is a full service, licensed and bonded company. From water extraction, mold removal and repairing damaged structures – we do it all with just one call.
We’re here 24/7 because disaster doesn’t clock out so neither do we!
HRS water damage restoration process consists of three steps that need to be completed in the correct order. First, we have to address the floodwater in your home or business and this means we assess and evaluate how far it has spread so we can properly and completely extract it.
Next, we take into account exactly which items and structures, including electrical and HVAC, are affected. We also remove items that can be salvaged by our content restoration team.
HRS Restoration services uses truck mountain suction to remove all traces of floodwater from your home or business. We utilize moisture detection technology to uncover where water may have spread.
Unless all the water is removed, you will be dealing with the effects of mold and mildew. If the water incident involves sewage tainted water, you risk further exposure from inhalation and touch if it is not completely removed.
Damage Evaluation & Mitigation
Water damage mitigation prevents further water damage from affecting your property and belongings. The water mitigation process involves commercial grade, specialized equipment and techniques to minimize the amount of loss, such as:
- Removing damaged furniture and materials, including drywall and flooring.
- Cleaning and disinfecting salvageable materials.
- Ensuring the home’s structural stability by assessing how far damage has spread.
- Extracting water and drying using commercial-grade equipment.
- Protecting your home or business from further damage or vandalism by boarding up windows, applying tarps and securing with locks and fencing.
After you have prevented further water damage with mitigation, you can begin water damage restoration.
This step in the flood damage restoration process is repairing all of the damage caused by floodwater. Simply put, this is the reconstruction and rebuilding with the help of general contractors, carpenters, flooring experts and electricians.
Commonly, water damage restoration services include replacing damaged walls and flooring, mold removal, repair of roof, windows, and drains where water breach occurred, and testing to ensure mold and mildew has been removed. The end goal of flood damage restoration is to “restore” your home or business to the way it was BEFORE the flood.
Contact HRS Restoration Services Today!
Call HRS Restoration for your flood damage restoration needs. Your family, employees and customers need you to make the call. Whether they are perfectly healthy, or have a preexisting condition, they deserve a home or office free from water damage and mold and mildew. Call ASAP for more information or to schedule an appointment.
HRS Restoration is your one stop flood restoration company. Our flood damage repair experts are awaiting your call. The sooner we can respond, the more likely it is that severe damage can be avoided. Call us today!
IICRC stands for the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification. Formed nearly 40 years ago, it is a non-profit organization that establishes globally recognized standards for the cleaning and restoration industry, as well as providing certifications, journeyman and master designation, and education.
By choosing a firm with IICRC certified team members, you are assured the cleaning professionals have undergone rigorous training and will handle your disaster restoration with the highest standard of care.
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Figuring out what steps to take when disaster strikes can be a daunting task. HRS is here 24/7 to walk you through the process and bring your home or business back to habitable condition(s).
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At HRS, we understand the panic that can set in when your basement floods or a fire breaks out at your business. We are here 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to repair damage and give you peace of mind.