Initial Visit

  • First responsibility when arriving at the job site is to identify and eliminate safety hazards.
  • Check the water source and ensure that incoming water has stopped prior to commencing restoration procedures.
  • Remove any standing water immediately.
  • Inspect floors, walls and contents (i.e., furniture, etc.) for damages
  • Follow-up with an inspection to make a complete determination of the damage, and provide the insurance company with a detailed report.
  • Remove wet baseboards, drywall, insulation as needed to prevent and minimize microbial growth.

Inspection of Cushion (Carpet Padding)

  • Must replace cushion when it is contaminated with urine, sewage or river water; or when cushion has been saturated, even with fresh water.

Inspection of Carpet

  • General rule: carpet seams should only be cut when absolutely necessary.
  • Replace carpet when there is mold damage, reactivated urine contamination odors, shrinking or seams coming up due to water damage.
  • Take up any floor covering, including wood, vinyl and tile if there is permanent damage due to water intrusion, this will allow the structure drying
    process to be more efficient.

Use of High-Velocity Airmovers

  • More laminar airflow improves drying process.
  • For glue-down carpet, one blower is needed for every 200-250 sq. Ft.
  • For hard surface flooring, one blower is needed for every 250-30 sq. Ft.
  • For tufted carpet on tack less surface-subsurface, one blower is needed for every 200-300 sq. Ft.
  • High-velocity airmovers are essential for drying the damage area, including walls, furniture, etc.

Use of De-humidifiers

  • Lowering the humidity speeds up the drying time reducing secondary damage due to hygroscopic materials.
  • Use de-humidifiers in basements, enclosed areas, libraries, offices with computer equipment, etc.
  • Medium de-humidifier processes 30,000 cfn, equating to a wet building with carpet 25'X40'X10' or a wet building without carpet 50'X60'X10'
  • Goal is to maintain a balanced drying system which is as close to 40% Rh or lower.

Mold & Mildew

  • Fungi are simple plants that lack chlorophyll, thus they feed off dead organic materials.  They reproduce by means of spores.  Fungi can be
    pathogenic (harmful) or non-pathogenic.
  • Fungi grows best between 68 and 86 degrees fara height, and prefer an environment that is damp and dark.
  • Mold is a common term for fungi that have a cottony or woolly appearance.  The colors of molds are due to spores born on the filaments.
  • Mildew is a common term for parasitic fungi that produce a whitish substance.

  • It is prudent for the water damage professional to treat all wet material as if fungi were present.
  • Fungicide/Mildewcide are anti-microbials used for water damage restoration to destroy all pathogenic and non-pathogenic fungi
  • Anti-microbials can be sprayed, wet fogged pr injected into the areas affected buy fungi.


  • Safety
  • Inspection of floor covering; remove if necessary
  • Drying affected areas with high-velocity air movers and de-humidifiers
  • Treat for mold & mildew

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1565 W. Brooks Ave.
North Las Vegas, NV 89032                                
Tel: 702-647-7777
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