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The Four Components of Water Damage Assessment

9/24/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technician taking moisture readings on a jobsite. Our technicians utilize various techniques and equipment to take accurate moisture readings.

Upon arrival to a water loss, our technicians perform an initial assessment to determine the damage done to the property. This reduces the cost of your insurance claim by preventing the unnecessary replacement of repairable damage. You should expect the assessment to consist of these four steps:

  1. Inspection of Damage-The associate assesses how much damage the water has

caused, inspecting the affected areas to determine whether restoration or replacement will be needed. Additionally, the professional will check for any dangers in the area, such as lead, asbestos and unsafe electrical outlets.

  1. Addressing Ongoing Leaks-If there is still water leaking on the property, it is

necessary to identify the source and stop its flow. The associate should check for any sources of contamination of the water as well.

  1. Testing the Water-Pretesting involves classifying the water contamination into one of three categories:
    • White Water – Water with no substantial contaminants
    • Gray Water – Water containing microorganisms, as found in septic water
    • Black Water – Water containing dangerous bacteria or fungi
  2. Preparing the Area for Water Removal- Before moving forward in the restoration process, the area needs to be cleared of any furniture or carpets in the way and subject to water damage. 

Once the inspection has been completed, your property is ready for restoration. SERVPRO of Vero Beach is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for all your water damage restoration needs.

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