Tulsa weather is known for being unpredictable. And this entire year has been impossible to plan. Before we get distracted by the fall activities and winter holidays, this might be a great opportunity to double check your home.
Severe weather can bring floods, damaging winds and hail stones. Backed-up sewer lines and burst pipes always have a risk of causing problems. Small pinprick holes can leave slow drips that are almost undetectable. But overtime, even these leaks can cause water damage to your home.
Regardless of the cause, the sooner you find the problem, the sooner the OK Disaster team can restore it. Experienced water damage restoration contractors develop assessments by methodically searching for risks to your home.
Water Damage Restoration In Tulsa
Step by Step
With years of experience and specialized tools, water restoration professionals can accurately diagnose any water damage. Their first priority will be to identify the source of water and stop it. If cleanup crews detect any levels of contamination, they will include proper sanitation in your property cleanup strategy. Moisture sensor probes can be used on your walls or in your carpets to detect moisture levels. Other devices can use infrared thermography to examine parts of your home you cannot see.
Usually, a visit starts outside and then moves inside your home. If necessary, a technician will get up to see if the roof has collapsed or if it is missing shingles. Your chimney should be checked for cracks; your gutters can misdirect water back toward the foundation. On the exterior walls, the team will check for weaknesses, collapses, and broken windows. They will be on the lookout for signs of exterior leaking such as water entry through foundation damage or windows.
Inside, inspectors usually start from the top of your home and work their way down. Up in the attic, they are looking for signs of a cracked floor joist, damp insulation, or bent ductwork. Room by room, they check for
- damaged drywall and ceilings
- warped or stained wood
- cracked windows
- doors that do not close properly
Pooling water, cracked walls or floors, stained carpet or drywall can give more clues. The technician may also examine any personal belongings that have sustained water damage: appliances, furniture, electronics, and garments.
Be Prepared For The Claims Process
Fortualty, many property insurance policies cover the cost of repairs, cleanup and water damage restoration. While filing a claim can be complicated, solid documentation will help speed up the process. Great notes, photos and moisture readings from the ODR group will help smooth the process for you.
All this information gathered can be included in your insurance claim.
- Pre-existing damage was present before the flooding event.
- Primary damage is a direct result of flooding that affects your property.
- The resulting secondary damage includes sagging sheetrock, warped flooring and unhealthy mold growth.
The water damage restoration team will take these observations and develop a detailed action plan with an accurate overview of damages. With an honest assessment of what needs to be done, they will suggest a working schedule.
When You Need Restoration Work In Tulsa
Oklahoma Disaster Restoration’s water removal protocol and process will be tailored for your situation. As the team identifies the cause and type of water damage, the best techniques for your home will be used. Throughout the water damage restoration process, ODR will work with your insurance to properly document the work.