Reconstruction is the process your residential or commercial building goes through after unforeseen loss-fire, water damage, etc. These Services make your home or office whole again by repairing or replacing damaged materials.
At Restoration Authority we provide the following reconstruction services to help repair your building after water damage:
Replacing Carpeting and Padding
We carpet can cause mold growth, and carpet that remains wet for too long will delaminate and split.1
Some signs that it’s time to replace your carpet:
- Stains: Are you covering up carpet stains with furniture and rugs when carpet cleaning fails to remove them? If your house is starting to resemble a minefield, it’s time for a carpet replacement. Most carpets come with a stain-resistant finish, but over time, the treatment fades and eventually leaves the carpet unprotected. Stains caused by pet urine, feces, vomit, mold and mildew are usually easy to clean if you act fast. But these biological substances eventually will absorb into the carpet padding, leading to mold and mildew buildup under the carpet. If the biological stains are in several places, consider replacing the carpet to avoid health hazards with mold.
- Wear and Tear: Polyester carpet fibers have a reputation of matting and losing their form. Once it falls down and loses its tuft, it doesn’t return to normal, even with professional cleaning. Nylon carpeting, however, is typically more resilient than polyester and responds well to carpet cleaning, even when matted down.You might be able to fix small tears and rips yourself, or you can hire a carpet professional to make the repair. However, large rips and tears tend to signal the carpet needs to be replaced, especially if the tears are present on stairs or major walkways.
- Stinky Carpet: If you own a pet or haven’t cleaned in a while, you may notice a lingering smell on your carpet, but the odor should be gone or noticeably diminished after a proper cleaning. If it doesn’t, this means that the odor has penetrated deep into the carpet fibers, the carpet pad or the subfloor, and it may even indicate mold and mildew growth.2
If your home has been affected by flooding it has a in impact on your home’s plumbing. Some of the issues flooding causes to pipes are:
- Damaged Fixtures: The fixtures in your home can be physically damaged if they are exposed to flood waters. In some cases, a little TLC is all they need. A thorough cleaning can remove trace particles to prevent biological growth.
- Broken Pipes: With plumbing, there are pipes you can see, and those you can’t. As flood water recedes, watching for new puddles to form is a clear indication you have problems with your pipes. But before you encounter further damage, a plumber can go in and assess your entire plumbing system, determining if cracks or leaks exist throughout.Standing water can also cause havoc on what lies beneath the ground. Buried water and waste lines can fail from the crushing weight of flood waters. If you see sinkholes in your yard after the water recedes, that’s a possible sign one or more of your lines has collapsed.
- Foundation Problems: The longer water sits, the more affected your plumbing system is, the more extensive the damage. Foundation damage can occur during a flood if there’s movement in the saturated soul beneath the foundation. This unsteady ground can lead to cracks, and plumbing problems are just one of the things that can be further damaged in the process. Foundation repair is a must before certain pipes into your home can be repaired.3
Any electrical component that was underwater needs to be replaced. This includes: wiring, circuit panels, fuse boxes, outlets, and switches.
Electrical Repairs for Water Damage
- The affected electrical systems of the water damaged area should be thoroughly inspected.
- Because of the corrosive damage that can occur, water saturated cable or wiring and electrical components such as outlets and switches should be replaced.
- If motors or other electrical equipment has become immersed into water or has an accumulation of moisture it would be best to obtain a water corrosion inhibitor that is approved for electrical equipment.
- Follow the instructions completely which typically suggests to apply the water and corrosion inhibitor before drying the equipment or exposing the equipment to the air.
- Exposing water damaged equipment to the air without treating it with an approved electrically safe corrosion inhibitor may cause permanent damage.
This is the last step in carpentry to add pleasing aesthetics to the home’s structure. Finishing carpentry is a wide array of services which can include: installing crown molding, baseboards, windows, stairs, etc.
1 Constructeam. (2019). Can You Save Carpet After A Flood | Constructeam. [online] Available at: https://www.restoreitright.com/can-you-save-carpet-after-a-flood/ [Accessed 22 Oct. 2019].