Make sure you and your family are safe first. This may require evacuating the home or contacting local authorities for assistance. If the flooding is from a broken pipe, find the main water valve in your home and switch it off. If you can reach the electrical panel without walking through water, also switch off all the breakers. Then, you can begin the process of drying out your home and restoring damage with help from water restoration experts.
A water restoration company may use large pumps to drain standing water from your home. This step involves drying out the waterlogged floors and walls with large dehumidifiers and fans over the course of a few days. Specialized equipment, such as water meters and thermal imaging cameras will determine when the house is completely dry. Next, the damaged drywall, floors, and electrical systems are removed and replaced, and any broken pipes are repaired.
Removing water and drying out a home can take three to four days with the right equipment. Repairing your home varies depending on the amount of water damage. It may only take a few days or can be a couple of weeks. The longer standing water is left in your home the more damage it does too. You may also end up with mold and mildew that requires remediation.
Premier Restoration Hawaii employees are Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certified water damage restoration technicians.
A good water damage restoration company should provide emergency services for homeowners with a complimentary price estimate for repairs. You'll want to look for a company that is properly licensed and certified for the services offered and uses modern equipment and water restoration techniques. It is also helpful if this company aids with the insurance claims process.
The costs to repair water damage in Honolulu can vary depending on the severity and type of damage. According to Manta, the average cost for restoration is just under $3,000, or $14 - $15 sq. ft. If you are simply removing mold caused by recent flooding or moisture, you'll likely pay about $5 - $6 sq. ft.
The category of water flooding your home is also important to know as it affects the kind of restorations needed. Clean water isn't dangerous to people and usually comes from a damaged pipe, overflowing bathtub, or broken appliance. Greywater may include some bacteria and contaminants that can be harmful. It usually comes from drainpipes under kitchen sinks, showers, and bathtubs. It may also leak from a broken dishwasher. Black water is not processed or may contain pathogens and bacteria due to how it was used, such as a toilet or septic tank leak. Black water can also include seawater and groundwater.
All water damage has the potential to lead to mold growth, especially when you're living in a moist or humid climate. Wet floors, walls, and standing water can start to grow mold within 24 hours. You can keep this from happening by calling mold remediation experts right away when there is water damage.
Many things can cause water damage to the home. The most likely source is a broken pipe or overflowing bathtub that has been forgotten. You may also have a leaky roof, or the roof is damaged during a rainstorm, allowing water to enter. Flash floods and rising ground water can also lead to standing water in the home.
Water damage is usually highly visible. You may see moisture or water on the walls and floors. Previous water damage can look like brownish, circular stains on the walls and ceiling. The floors may be warped and creaky, the paint bubbled and peeling, and drywall soft and crumbling. Another sign of water damage is mold and mildew growth, which can look like white and black patches of fuzz or specks on the walls, floors, ceiling, and even on clothing or upholstery.