Water Damage Restoration

Water

A&R Environmental
providing Georgetown, DE and surrounding areas with Water loss emergency cleanup and Flood damage restoration

A&R Environmental

Experts

We A.R.E.

professional certified technicians who respond day and night
24/7, 365 days a year to help reduce any further damage

Immediate action is needed and crucial when dealing with a water loss emergency.

We can help with:

Sewage

 

…is grossly contaminated and can contain pathogenic, toxigenic or other harmful agents and can cause significant ad verse reactions to humans if contacted or consumed.

 

Pipe Break / leaks

 

….only happen when you least expect it. Always be ready and have a plan to shut the water off.

 

Flood Waters

 

…contain many things that may harm health. Example’s are human and livestock waste along with medical and hazardous waste

 

Overflows

 

…can come from the dishwasher, sink, tub or washer. This can happen to anyone of us and most times can be dried rather quickly.

 

Wind driven rain

 

…will go in all the least expected areas. Expert water detection is required.

 

ADVICE

A Few Things
To Know

Dealing with a water loss can be extremely stressful and even more so when you have no clue what’s going on.

Our certified team does it all

So you can relax!

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Documentation

The most important thing to do during a water loss is to document all the affected building materials and contents.

 

All water damage companies should follow this plan to help with the insurance process. This includes taking all the necessary readings, photos and notes. Most companies use a program to keep track of said items and create a report after the restoration is complete. After the water loss has been completed, a copy of the report is supplied to the insurance company. The report will be sent to the insurance company and/or homeowner upon request

When you have damage to your personal property in your apartment from the unit above, who do you call and who pays for this damage? This is why it’s important to hire a professional restoration team and one that takes president over everything else when it comes to documenting a water loss. When it comes to getting coverage from the insurance company for all damaged building material’s and contents, the documentation is key. The insurance company can deny coverage or not cover all items due to lack of documentation.

When dealing with a water loss, scoping the affected area is necessary to understand the plan for the mitigation process. Scoping the loss will help determine the price for estimating. When dealing with a water loss that is covered by insurance, estimating the scope of work is important when working with an adjuster. When a water loss occurs that is not covered by insurance, it’s important to scope the loss and try to provide a well scoped estimate for the customer to avoid as many surprises as possible.

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Contents

When a water intrusion occurs, often it’s not just the structure that is impacted, but the contents as well.

 

An appropriate response is often the difference between successful restoration or repair, or costly replacement. When water intrusion occurs, many items that have become affected by moisture are not damaged initially. Affected content should be evaluated and, if restorable, appropriate mitigation procedures be taken to preserve them from further damage, including secondary damage.

The contents in the home should be blocked during the documentation process (first thing). This is to help stop or prevent further wicking. All the contents in the affected area will need to be moved to complete the mitigation process. In some cases, it’s likely the contents will need to be packed out of the home and into a pod.

The contents team will prepare a detailed inventory prior to the pack out. The inventory will consist of a brief description; quantity; condition; location within the dwelling; and an inventory number for each item, box, or group of items.

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EXTRACTION

At some point in the beginning of the mitigation process you may see and hear a Tech using a water extractor.

 

This is done to remove as much water as possible. In some cases extraction isn’t needed. The more water you can remove the better.

Removing as much water (moisture) as possible is very important when dealing with a drying situation. Less moisture left behind after extracting is less the equipment will have to evaporate. When extraction is needed, water extraction is done more then once with multiple passes.

Water can be efficiently removed from the structure, systems, and contents using extraction units with sufficient vacuum capability (lift and airflow). These units can also be use for removing deep standing water when pumps are not available. Extraction can be performed with units designed specifically for this purpose or with units designed for carpet cleaning with water extraction capability. The extracted water is either captured in a holding tank or pumped into a sanitary sewer system. Local, state, provincial, and federal regulations determine the proper disposal of extracted water. There are two basic types of extraction units : truck mount and portable.

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EQUIPMENT

The necessary equipment to dry a structure is installed during a water mitigation project.

 

It’s very important a business or home owner never turn the equipment off. The equipment can be noisy at times and warm. The drying process must stay operational 24/7 until we have reached our drying goal.

What you will see on most water damaged jobs is an air mover. There are several different types of air movers. The purpose of the air moving equipment is to direct airflow at or across wet materials; to accelerate evaporation, to provide ventilation, or to create an air pressure differential between two areas. Another is the dehumidifier. Dehumidification equipment is installed to help remove moisture from the air. Dehumidifiers of sufficient performance and capacity are necessary to create an effective drying system.

A&R Environmental at times is required to install a Heat-drying systems to dry wet materials by circulating heated air throughout the affected area or by focusing thermal energy directly on the wet materials. The resulting moisture laden air is either dried by mechanical dehumidification or exhausted to the outdoor environment.

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Removal

Removal can be done to gain access to an affected area like under the tub.

 

 

A lot of times the wall in the closet on the other side of the tub is the best location to address the affected area. When the insulation in the wall becomes saturated the insulation is sabotaged therefore the building material covering the insulation will need to be removed. Any home built prier to 1981 is tested for lead and/or asbestos by a third party IEP.

Restorers should consider several criteria when determining that materials or parts of an assembly are restorable. Additionally, restorers should understand the effects of moisture on building materials and assemblies. Answers to the following questions in the affirmative can indicate restoring parts or assemblies is recommended. Questions to consider can include but not limited to:

  • Is it Category 1 water?
  • Can drying goals likely be achieved and confirmed?
  • Can the assembly be adequately dried without partial removal?
  • Will the assembly return to its original structural integrity?
  • Can affected components be dried more cost-effectively than replacement?
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CLEANING & TREATING

Mitigation methods and procedures rely on thorough cleaning and debris removal first

 

Then, if appropriate, the application of antimicrobials (biocide). Thus, it is important for restorers to evaluate whether antimicrobial (biocide) application is appropriate. When there is a Category 1 water intrusion that has not changed in category, the use of antimicrobials (biocides) is generally not warranted.

When building materials are removed, the debris left behind are clean and HEPA vacuumed to prevent and dust accumulation in the air. The cleaning process is very important when dealing with the drying process. The dirtier the affected area the more potential for secondary damage or cross-contamination.

We threat the affected areas with an antimicrobial to help kill or inhibit growth of microorganisms. Antimicrobials are substances used to destroy (biocides) or suppress growth (growth inhibitors/static agents) of microorganisms (i.e., bacteria, viruses, or fungi) on inanimate objects, surfaces, and materials.

24/7 Emergency Services

Emergency

Water Disasters Can Happen

Any Time – Day Or Night

Luckily the Eastern Shore, Georgetown, Millsboro, and the surrounding areas has A&R Environmental.

A&R Environmental Aid & Relief
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Get Emergency Help

302-856-7600

Headquarters

25200 Governor Stockley Rd,
Georgetown, DE 19947

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