Water can do untold damage to properties and premises. Whether it’s weather-related – due to rising water from storms, roof damage and flooding – or burst pipes and other heating system disasters, water can devastate everything from valuable contents to the building structure itself.
Whatever the cause of water damage, it’s important to contact professionals to ensure you respond with the right approach.
The Forshaw Group offers a comprehensive service of Flood Damage Restoration, which will identify where and how to repair the property and restore it to its former condition.
Here’s our five straightforward steps, to make the process easier when we deal with extensive water damage:
A quick response
Time is critical when responding to a water damage emergency. Our teams act quickly and offer a professional, reliable solution. We will extract water from the site, and also facilitate specialist waste disposal and salvage building contents. This will clear the area and allow us to assess what impact the damage has had and how to remedy it. We will also instigate emergency works if necessary, to install temporary power supplies, safety-test gas and electrical services, and secure security boarding.
On inspecting the site, we can identify areas that need immediate attention, such as structurally, to make it safe for our operatives to work in the vicinity, to prioritise our approach. Our teams include a broad range of technical skills, including qualified technicians, surveyors, and project managers. They can provide initial inspection reports, surveys, thermal imaging, leak detection and moisture mapping. This will identify the cause and source of the damage and help us to mitigate against further water problems.
Secondary damage prevention
The speed of the response is critical to save valuable machinery, electrics, documentation, and stock, but it’s also important to protect the site against further damage. Could the cause of the water damage recur? Moving what can be salvaged and protecting fixtures and items that must remain is key to making sure further valuables are not lost, and making the site safe from more damage recurring is also crucial. We prevent secondary collateral damage, by controlling the environment within the affected areas and making them safe.
Once we’re satisfied the site is secure, and identified the cause and safeguarded against any further damage, we can engage in treatment. We can carry out technical drying, which involves specialist target/injection drying of structural elements, to remove moisture and other contaminants. We also disinfect the site, eliminating the formation of microorganisms, pathogens, mould and spores, and also carry out deodorisation to eliminate odour molecules.
Restoration and reinstatement
Once the site has been cleansed, our team can look at restoring the building’s structural integrity, through our complete range of reinstatement services. We also re-establish machinery, electronics, furnishings, and critical documents on the site, to restore it to its original state.
The Forshaw Group offers a full scope of restoration services to undertake all types of water damage emergencies. We understand the need for effective treatment and restoration, by offering a common-sense approach to providing practical, economical solutions. If your property or premises have been affected by water damage, be it a short-term emergency or long-term damp issues, then contact our experts today.