You wake up to a broken pipe in your living room ceiling. Water pouring down onto your floor and contents. You're big on DYI and after a quick Google search for water damage you decide to remove the affected material and fix the problem yourself. Maybe you call in a contractor after the demo to hang rock and paint...
Below is our explanation on why it's important to call a professional who is certified in water mitigation and structural drying.
What is a Water Restoration Company?
Bulldog Cleaning & Restoration is an IICRC Certified Firm who focuses on hiring and training disaster restoration professionals to assist in emergency type scenarios such as the one listed above. Bulldog Cleaning & Restoration ("Bulldog") has the experience, knowledge and access to the right materials and drying equipment to properly prevent secondary damages and microbial growth after a loss. It's important to hire an IICRC Certified Firm so that your water damage is taken care of efficiently while at the same time, taking into account the potential health risks and safety hazards along the way.
Health and Safety
Bulldog Service Technicians assess any potential health or safety risks prior to starting mitigation. The type of water is determined (Category 1, 2 or 3) so we can anticipate possible levels of contamination. This is particularly important when dealing with sewage lines or "black water". Controls are put in place to ensure our Bulldog Team and our Client remain safe around water damaged electrical outlets, water damaged flooring and walls as well as any unseen airborne risks that may spread during the mitigation. Our IICRC Certified Bulldog Technicians are trained to properly address microbial growth and harmful pathogens that may have otherwise spread if dried incorrectly. This could include setting up containment, filtering the air, creating negative pressure and even cutting air flow in the affected space completely.
With your health and indoor air quality in mind, Bulldog Cleaning & Restoration creates a custom drying plan in response to the layout of your property affected areas. By establishing a dry plan early on, our Bulldog Team can work quickly and efficiently to prevent secondary damages to the contents or structure.
Knowledge of Restoration Techniques
Unlike a contractor who performs demolition or remodeling services, water and flood removal specialists are trained to dry structural items and contents through various methods. This does not always include "flood cuts" or removing wet walls or floors. Our Bulldog Team focuses on what we can save and provides options for drying in place through various methods and specialty equipment. In addition, our inspection tools are cutting edge. With the use of specialized moisture meters and thermal imaging cameras, we are able to find areas that have gotten wet or damaged that could have been missed by a contractor who doesn't have access to these same tools. This allows us to understand the full scope of damage and even potential damages to watch out for in the future.
Access to Supplies
Most people understand the use of dehumidifiers and air movers when drying out a property. With that said, not everyone understands the difference in size/type of these dehumidifiers or how many air movers are actually needed to dry out a room. By following the standard and formulas as it pertains to each loss or equipment type, Bulldog is able to manipulate the indoor environment to quickly dry the property. Furhermore, Bulldog Cleaning & Restoration has access to everything from indirect fired heaters to trailer mounted generators and various other types of drying equipment to offer you the fastest and most practical solution to your loss.
Proper Disposal of Damaged Materials
Affected building materials could include drywall, framing, baseboards and carpeting. These materials are typically discarded and could contain mold spores or colonies. Bulldog Tech(s) will be able to dispose of these materials safely, so you don't have to. For larger losses, Bulldog can even have a dumpster delivered on site and removed upon completion of our services.
In conclusion, it's always better to use IICRC Certified Firms and Technicians like Bulldog Cleaning & Restoration who have the experience, knowledge, techniques and tools to ensure your property is mitigated and restored as quickly and safely as possible.
If you are in need of our Emergency Response Team or have questions on water removal and structural drying, please give us a call at 844-MY-BULLDOG.
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