Water damage doesn’t always come from the sort of floods that end up on the national news. While water main breaks, catastrophic storms, and other such things can cause water damage in Oklahoma City, it’s just as likely for a building’s internal equipment to leak large enough amounts of water to cause a flood. No matter where the water comes from, one thing is clear: It must be removed quickly or else it can cause thousands of dollars’ worth of damage.
Any machine that uses water can be the source of a small flood, and sometimes, such machines can cause rather large ones. This is true for both residential and commercial locations. In a commercial environment, ice makers and large dishwashers can blast hundreds of gallons of water out in very short order. At a residence, smaller dishwashers, clothes washers, and refrigerator ice makers can also release hundreds of gallons of water.
Despite the smaller nature of residential appliances, they can cause even more damage than their commercial counterparts. That’s because residents may not be home when the problem starts, and worse yet, may even be on vacation. This allows water to spew out unabated until it is finally noticed.
Fortunately, companies like Flood Masters can handle any sort of water damage in Oklahoma City. The first steps are the same for both residential and commercial locations. If the water source hasn’t already been shut off, it will be found and stopped. Then, it’s time to get rid of the water. The majority of the floodwater will be vacuumed away with high-powered equipment that is made for the task. Then, fans, desiccants, and dehumidifiers will be used to fully dry the area.
Once the water has been thoroughly removed, it’s time to inspect the premises to determine what else needs to be done. Materials that have been damaged too severely to save will be replaced. This often includes drywall, carpeting, and other such porous materials. Any ruined structural elements, such as support joists, will also be replaced. How many things will need replacement depends greatly on how long the structure has remained wet, so it’s important to start water removal efforts as soon as possible to minimize costs and preserve the structural integrity.
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