Drying time is determined by a combination of factors including the location, duration, source of water, the types of building materials effected, the weather conditions and how quickly emergency services begin. Through consistent monitoring and evaluation of the drying process, we can determine when the drying is complete.
Your carpet may feel dry to the touch, but padding and sub-floors may still be wet underneath. While there are no rules to determine how long your home or business will take to dry, we can tell you it may take between three to five days or more, depending of the conditions.
Proper testing with our specialized equipment is the correct way to determine if things are completely dry. Touch alone maybe a false indicator.
Not necessarily. We will adjust the temperature to its optimum setting for the proper drying conditions. Please do not change the setting or shut off the system; doing so may prolong the drying process.
Wood flooring must be evaluated during the drying process. We employ specialized drying systems and dehumidifiers which enable us to create an environment where wood floors can dry more efficiently and resume their original shape.
Due to the density of hardwood flooring and urethane finishes, drying may take up to three weeks or longer. If you filed a claim, your insurance adjuster will work with you to make the final decision as to whether floors will need to be refinished or replaced.
The extent of damage and the construction of the furniture will determine if your furniture can be restored. Your furniture must be dried before damage can be adequately assessed. Non salvageable furniture will be documented for you and if any items need to be discarded, a customer release for will need to be signed.
If you file and insurance claim, you may receive guidance from your insurance representative. However, this is a decision you must reach on your own. Here are several things to consider. Safety is paramount. Our equipment is as childproof as possible, but we require your supervision for making sure no children play with it.
Air movers and dehumidifiers will create some noise and make your home or business drafty for a few days. It is important that the equipment remains on, so if the noise is disruptive to you, you might want to consider an alternate place to stay.
It is not unusual to smell odors during the drying process. Increased heat and humidity can also lead to increased odors that may be coming from the drying building materials, or dormant spill and accident areas.
Do not confuse these normal odors for the odor of mold. As the drying process continues and humidity levels drop, you will notice these odors disappearing on their own. Deodorizers are often used to minimize these affects as well.
Not usually. If items need to be moved out, we will let you know in advance.
Our technicians will evaluate moisture content, determine the severity of the damage and may have to remove some of your ceiling for ventilation. Wet insulation can also be a hazard and may need to be removed.
Opening your windows to assist the drying process is not always recommended. Outside weather conditions may vary, so the technician will determine when and if the outside air is appropriate.
It is strongly suggested that you keep the traffic to a minimum. Wearing shoes is recommended for your safety.
A few reasons your carpet may not be salvageable.
Non-porous flooring can trap water and prevent it from drying properly.
Carpet on the stairs is generally not removed for safety reasons. Exposed tack strip or staples, especially on steps is dangerous. However, there are situations where removing carpet from steps is necessary to prevent damage to hardwood steps or in the case of sewage contamination. Removing tack strip is advised, as this may damage the hardwood or the sub-floor.
Extreme caution must be used whenever tack strip is exposed or when the carpeted stairs are damp. If carpet left on the stairs is unsalvageable, it will be removed when new carpet is installed.
A sample of your pad is brought to the office for a match. When available, an identical pad will be used. When your original pad is not available, we will provide a pad of the same quality, thickness and density.
A similar pad may differ in color based upon the time it was manufactured.
Rugs are taken to our warehouse for special care. They need to be dried carefully to minimize bleeding of colors and discoloration. Your rugs will be dried, cleaned and returned.
When water damage has occurred, water can be absorbed into the drywall (sheetrock), baseboards, sub-flooring, ect. Drying these surfaces requires high velocity air movers to accelerate the release of absorbed water in the air.
Dehumidifiers are necessary for removing this excess moisture to help protect property and create conditions for efficient drying. Please do not turn off or move drying equipment with our first calling Valley Wide Restoration.
Our water damage mitigation specialists will place and monitor equipment to achieve optimal results in the shortest amount of time. Please make sure no one turn the equipment off for moves it. Please notify our office immediately if the power goes off or if the equipment turns off.
Based on average electrical rates, it may cost about one dollar per day per piece of drying equipment to operate. Actual rates can vary depending on current rate from your local electricity provider.
Hard surfaces can be cleaned and sanitized. Affected items that cannot be sanitized require disposal. Porous materials such as drywall, ceiling tiles, insulation, particleboard, paneling, ect., that have been directly affected should be removed during the emergency service visit.
Ultimately you, the property owner, are responsible for payment. As the property owner you will need to sign a form authorizing the work and payment. If this is an insurance claim, Valley Wide Restoration generally collects only the deductible amount and bills the balance to your insurance provider as a service to you.
If you have a large loss, your mortgage company may be included as a payee on the payment from your insurance company, and you may need to obtain a signature from them as well. If this is the case our office is capable of helping you get the needed paperwork to the mortgage company to help expedite the process.
If your claim is not covered or you decide not to file a claim, you will be expected to pay in full at the time of service.
If you have any other questions or concerns please contact our office at 480-984-5071 and one of our friendly staff members will be able to assist you.