What to do when damage from water occurs?

The IICRC recomends the following actions to minimize damage while waiting for help to arrive.
  • First and foremost, stop the water leak and attend to obvious
  • Increase airflow with open windows, fans and heating and air conditioning systems.
  • Open doors, drawers, cupboards and closets to maintain optimal air circulation and promote drying.
  • Move furnishings out of wet areas or protect furniture legs from absorption and damage with triple folded aluminum foil.
  • Hang up drapries and pin up upholstrey skirts to prevent water rings: allow leather items to dry at room temperature.
  • Wash wet clothes, sheets and linens immediately and hang cleanable fabrics up to dry.
  • Do not store damp items in plastic bags where mold can grow.
A flooded basement after a sanitary sewer break. The water level was several feet deep. After the water was removed and the room was dried, this basement was returned to it's original condition.
With our 24-hour emergency service, our certified technicians can be on site to evaluate the situation and get the environment under control. The reduction of humidity and control of temperature levels will help prevent secondary damage such as swelling, splitting, delamination, absorption or fungal growth.
Upon arrival at the site, the extent of the damage is immediately assessed using a variety of meters, visual inspections and interviews with the property owner. The information we gather helps us devise a comprehensive drying plan. With the proper balance of dehumidification, air movement and temperature manipulation, moisture is forced from the wet structure and contents. The job site is monitored and moisture and humidity readings are documented daily. Successful completion is verified through a variety of moisture detecting instruments and a visual inspection. These procedures allow Tri State Restoration Services, LLC to thoroughly, quickly, and efficiently dry all effected areas.
Beware of the "fly by night contractors", who show up in a pick-up truck and not a fully loaded box truck with state of the art equipment to verify what exactly is wet and why & how to properly dry the structure before more damage occurs. Tri-State Restoration comes in after these Jacks of all trades damage your home due to lack of training, and don't even have pollution insurance to cover their work. Without having the proper training or infra red moisture detection devices to verify exactly what is wet or dry. Check your local BBB then call Tri-State Restoration Services, LLC which will give you peace of mind knowing your job is done right, and if they are extracting water with a shop vac, call us before saving a little money causes a major mold problem. IICRC Certified Firm # 125377, without it you’re risking your money, and more importantly your single biggest investment.
Structural drying is a science requiring an understanding of the dynamics of surrounding conditions, how to create and maintain the ideal environment, and how to manage the process through successful completion. The manager of our water loss division is a certified Water Loss Specialist (WLS) who has passed extensive training in this area.