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How Do Experts Restore Water Damage Caused By Plumbing Issues?

Homeowners often experience water damage in their home from major storms or plumbing issues. The water damage from plumbing problems can be something minor like damaged cabinetry from a leaky faucet, or it can be an entire flooded basement from a broken water line or backed up sewer. Fortunately, when homeowners contact professionals for water damage cleanup in Marietta, the damage can be minimized and the home restored. Here’s what you need to know about how experts address water damage caused by plumbing malfunctions.

Determining Water Category

There are three categories of water that the professionals are trained to deal with. The first category is clean water, which comes from sources like a broken water supply pipe. Gray water is the second category and results from water that’s leaked from appliances like washing machines and dishwashers. Leaking water from clean toilets is also classified as gray water. The last category is called black water, which comes from a backed up sewer. It’s important for the restoration technicians to classify the water source because it impacts the protective gear that must be used as well as other measures like disinfection procedures. 

Removing Water

Once the technicians understand what type of precautions need to be taken, they’ll start the restoration process by removing any standing water or water that’s soaked into carpets, upholstery, and other items. The professionals have water extraction equipment like pumps and vacuums that can quickly and effectively remove the water. It’s important for the water to be removed quickly because leaving standing water can cause additional problems like structural damage and mold growth. In some cases, the technicians may need to remove sheetrock to find any hidden areas with standing water.

Drying and Dehumidifying

In addition to removing standing water, water must be removed from porous materials. Some materials can be salvaged while others are likely to harbor mold growth and require disposal. Powerful air movers and dehumidifiers will remove humidity in the air to discourage mold growth and spread. Proper ventilation after any degree of water damage is vital in reducing the chances of a mold problem. The professionals also utilize moisture detection meters to ensure relative h-umidity is at an appropriate level to prevent mold growth. 


Regardless of the type of water damage you’re dealing with, sanitizing and disinfecting is an important part of the restoration process. Flooding from category one water doesn’t require as much disinfecting as long as the water was removed in less than 48 hours. Beyond this time frame, mold can start to grow. Areas affected by gray or black water sources must be thoroughly cleaned because there are numerous biohazards that could be present in the water. These include bacteria and chemicals that can make the occupants of your home ill if they’re not dealt with properly. The professionals use EPA registered anti-microbial cleaning solutions that are proven to kill these microorganisms and make your home safe. 

Addressing Secondary Problems   

Unfortunately, in some cases, water damage goes undetected for a long period of time, which means you may have to deal with secondary problems like mold. Mold can begin to grow within 48 hours, so if you’re dealing with this as a secondary problem to water damage, the restoration professionals may need to begin mold remediation procedures as well. That’s why it’s important to call for emergency water removal in Marietta right away if you do experience flooding from a plumbing problem. Contact Integrity Restoration & Remodeling Contractors LLC today if you need restoration services.

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