Minneapolis Flooring & Water Damage Restoration

minneapolis water damage restorationFloors experience water damage from broken pipes, leaking appliances, outdoor water, and overflowing bathtubs and sinks. Minneapolis homeowners may not realize how quickly water can seriously damage their floors and may not take action soon enough to stop expensive damage from happening. Every homeowner should understand that immediate water damage cleanup from a professional water damage restoration company like 24 Restore can stop the need to replace the flooring altogether. 

Water Damage Restoration For Minneapolis Flooring – Homeowners & Commercial Property Owners

If the flooring of a commercial or residential property is suffering from water damage, professional water restoration crews will have to assess the damage to determine if the flooring can be restored or if it will need to be replaced. Immediately after arriving, the water damage cleanup crew will determine the extent of the damage. If the water has not been sitting for too long, the time might recommend industrial drying and dehumidifying if water does not need to first be extracted. The team will check for mold and damage to any subflooring, walls, any part of the home’s structure, and further damage that could be associated with the specific type of water disaster. 

How Long Does Water Restoration Take?

It isn’t likely that a water restoration company will be able to gauge how long the restoration process will take until after the damage is assessed. All water disasters are different and can cause different extents of damage.  The time it takes to fix your property depends on how severe the water damage is. Think of it as one process (drying) that has to be completed before you know the extent of the second process (repairs.) 

Drying is more complicated than just opening the windows and turning on the ceiling fan. The professionals at 24Restore will place industrial fans, air blowers, dehumidifiers, and air scrubbers to quickly and efficiently remove all excess moisture. Only then can they accurately estimate the time frame for your project.  

There are other factors that can affect how long the process will take to complete. The total time of exposure to water can affect the expected restoration time. For example, vinyl floors are quicker to replace than water-damaged hardwood.  Water-damaged walls might peel and could require painting, repairing sections, or replacement completely. An inch of water that’s been standing in a basement for several days will probably have extensive mold and require several more days to remove.

In addition to the total amount of time underwater, the type of water affecting the property is another factor that will affect the timeline.

Industry Terms For Water Damage Classification

  • Category 1 is clean water from sanitary sources or that does not contain significant microbial contaminants like rain, leaks from HVAC systems, or clean water lines. Clearly, this is the easiest and quickest to clean up. 
  • Category 2, or gray water, contains a level of contamination that may cause illness or discomfort if ingested. Sources include dishwasher or washing machine overflow, sump pump failures, and toilet overflow with urine but no fecal matter. Certain precautions may add a little extra time to clean up and sterilize all affected materials.  
  • Category 3 black water definitely has dangerous pathogens.  These sources include sewer/toilets, sewage, rising floodwater from rivers and streams, ground surface water flowing horizontally into buildings, water from heating systems containing antifreeze, or other unknown sources. 

Can The Floors Be Saved?

After water damage in your Minneapolis home, your major concern is whether the team can safely clean the floors instead of replacing them. As the team is drying the home, clues will determine whether floor covering materials can be safely cleaned for reuse. Construction integrity, porosity of flooring materials, and potential health effects from contaminants must be considered.  Throughout the restoration process, the team will be looking for any secondary damage to other structural components that may require drying, or demolition and replacement.  

Personal Protection By The Professionals

24Restore techs working in the initial stage of decontamination of a Category 3 water damage site will be equipped with appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE). Depending on your situation, it might include: 

  •  Rubber gloves
  •  Eye protection
  •  Protective suit 
  •  Rubber boots 
  •  Necessary respiratory protection 

24 Hour Restoration in the Minneapolis Area

Minnesota-based 24Restore can evaluate the damage, assess the extent of needed repairs, and prepare an accurate estimate before they begin. As a full-service team, they can clean up, repair, or restore whatever disaster has happened at your house. The technicians will do everything to stop mold growth before it starts.

24Restore offers fast response; someone will be en route to your home within one hour. For more than 15 years, 24Restore’s technicians are certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) to handle all kinds of water problems.