Water Damage Property Restoration Repair Services for Homes & Businesses
Serving York County, SC: Fort Mill, Rock Hill, Clover; Lancaster County: Indian Land, Lancaster; Union County: Waxhaw, Providence, Weddington; Mecklenburg: Charlotte; and surrounding areas.
Water damage can have disastrous effects on your home or property. If you're seeking water damage restoration services in the greater York County area, STOP Restoration of Fort Mill has you covered.
What Is Water Damage Restoration?
Water damage restoration is the process of fixing or preventing serious issues caused by water. Water can ruin materials like wood, sheetrock, and flooring, and create mold, bacteria, and rust. These problems can be dangerous for people and property if not dealt with carefully. Water damage repair and restoration jobs are best handled by a professional water damage restoration company.
Common Causes of Water Damage
- Flooding after natural disasters
- Burst or leaking pipes
- Clogs in drains or sewers
- Structural damage leading to leaking roofs or cracks in walls
- Failed appliances, such as washing machine hoses
- Excessive humidity
What to Do in a Water Damage Emergency
Homeowners need to be aware of water damage and the severe issues it will cause if left untreated. Water damage is often hard to spot, as leaks can go undetected until they've caused significant harm to structural elements such as subflooring, baseboards, drywall, and insulation.
If you spot any signs of water damage, it's important to act immediately to prevent further damage and possible health hazards. Here’s what to do if you think you have a water lead or damage incident.
- Turn off the water source if possible.
- Call a professional water damage restoration company.
- Remove as much water as possible by mopping or using a wet/dry vacuum.
- Remove any soaked or damaged carpeting or rugs.
- Prop up wet furniture cushions to dry more quickly and evenly.
- Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
- Remove any art, electronics, or valuables from the affected area.
- Open cabinets, cupboards, and drawers to air dry the inside.
- Turn on fans and air conditioning to help circulate air and speed up drying.
- Open doors and windows to let in the fresh air.
What Not to Do During a Flood
- Enter rooms with standing water if the electricity is still on, as you could be electrocuted.
- Use a regular household vacuum to remove water, which could damage the vacuum.
- Use any electrical appliances in rooms with standing water, as you could be electrocuted.
- Wade through standing water as it is a fertile breeding ground for harmful bacteria and disease-transmitting pests.
- Attempt to remove mold. Mold spores spread quickly and easily, and toxic mold exposure can lead to severe, prolonged, and even fatal health issues.
- Attempt to lift or remove the carpet. Carpet removal is one of the riskiest aspects of water damage restoration due to how quickly bacteria can develop.
What Is the Water Damage Restoration Process?
The water damage restoration process will vary depending on the severity and extent of the damage. However, the general steps are as follows:
- Assessment: A professional water damage restoration company will assess the damage to determine the best course of action.
- Water Removal: The next step is to remove the water. This is done using sophisticated pumps and vacuums.
- Drying: Once the water has been removed, the area must be dried thoroughly. This is done using industrial fans and dehumidifiers.
- Cleaning: All surfaces must be cleaned and disinfected to prevent mold and bacteria growth.
- Repairs: Any damaged structural elements must be repaired or replaced.
Leaky ceiling? Burst pipe? Give us a call 24/7 at (803) 998-2456. We serve the greater York County, SC area, as well as the Charlotte Metro area in North Carolina.