What to Expect from Water Damage Restoration Professionals in a Post-Flood Cleanup

A professional water damage restoration process can have several steps as the restoration professionals follow their operating procedures. It may even turn out to be different from what you might have expected. Below are the things that you should expect from a professional water damage restoration process in a post-flood clean-up.

It Starts with Ensuring Safety

There is a high risk of electrocution from electrical appliances or exposed live wires after your home has been subject to flooding. So the first thing that a STOP Restoration professional will ensure is that the power supply to the flooded area is cut.

Assess the Damage and Inspect the Flooded Area

You should expect the professional to assess the damage and inspect the area before they start with anything else. It is only after a thorough assessment of the kind and extent of damage that the professionals will be able to determine the appropriate course of action. Expect them to first identify the source of the water damage, ensure that it is taken care of, and then brief you on the appropriate solutions and the course of restoration efforts they will opt for.

Water Removal

This one is a basic step in the water damage restoration process post-flooding. They will most likely employ industrial-grade equipment such as extractors or submersible pumps to speed the whole extraction process up as time is of the essence. The longer the water stays on the property, the greater the damage it will cause.

Drying and Dehumidifying

Once the visible water has been extracted, and the damaged area is cleared of standing water, the professionals will employ industrial-grade dryers, blowers and dehumidifiers to take care of the rest of the water that couldn’t be extracted through the use of pumps. This is water that has seeped into porous materials, or into cracks in the floors or within the wall. The drying and dehumidifying efforts will ensure that the property is cleared of any remaining moisture from every nook and corner of the damaged area.

This is done to prevent the development of an environment that is conducive to mold growth – which is incredibly likely after a flooding situation in Fort Worth, Texas and the adjoining areas of Benbrook, Arlington or Burleson, etc. Expect them to thoroughly go through dry walls, floors, and any other area, inspecting them for any sign of mold growth.


Disposal of the damaged material is an essential step in the restoration process. The items that are beyond repair will have to be disposed of, so they don’t invite mold growth later, undoing much of the restoration efforts. You can expect the professionals to move all of the damaged items from your household and dispose of them accordingly before mold has the chance to develop on these items.

Deodorizing and Sanitizing

When all is said and done, in the last of the water damage restoration steps, you can expect the professionals to sanitize the entire area with disinfectants and antimicrobials. The sanitization ensures that bacteria, microorganisms, mold spores, or viruses are killed off. This will be followed by deodorization, where the professionals will employ air scrubbers and use air fogging to kill off any bacteria and that musty smell in the atmosphere of the house.

If you ever find yourself in the middle of a flooding scenario anywhere in Fort Worth, Texas, immediately give STOP Restoration a call on 682-703-0213. We are equipped with the knowledge, the experience, and the best of equipment and requisite tools to carry out water damage restoration immaculately.