DMA encounters water damage due to a variety of causes which includes the following;
Whilst a buildings structure and contents being briefly exposed to clean water often causes no immediate concerns, standing and long term water exposure can causes irreversible damage and create health concerns caused by the growth of mould. However, even clean water tracking through contaminated areas or left for extended periods can result in water becoming contaminated.
Whilst environmental conditions can impact the severity of water contamination, water escape is often described as the following;
Water damage events can create unhealthy and generally unsafe environments within a building. Water can not only heavily stain and deform building fabric, but moisture can then lead to the growth of mould, thus resulting in even more damage to building fabric.
Therefore, DMA strive to provide prompt advice to mitigate further damage caused to a building following a water event which will include;
As the cause and type of water damage can vary, DMA will provide specific damage mitigation advice to address the immediate concerns caused by the water. The mitigation assessment process will often include the following key steps;
Coordinating with the responsible emergency authorities and key personnel
Inspecting and assessing the water damage which includes identifying the type of water, surveying the extent of the water damage and advise on the protection or relocation of any building contents. Sourcing and providing advice on how to stop the water ingress may also be provided.
Advice on the recommended water removal and extraction process which will often include practices for packing and moving contents out, bulk water removal and detailed ongoing and post water removal assessment.
Advice on the drying and dehumidification process which includes extensive drying strategies and the appropriate level of ongoing recording and monitoring.
Advice on the recommended cleaning and sanitising practices which will include building fabric cleaning, odour removal and deodorisation, sanitising treatments and disposal where necessary.
Advice on any immediate restoration requirements which can include emergency building services and minor building repairs.