Water Damage Restoration Atlanta

“My water damage was on the 4th of July at 7:30. Through my insurance company the restoration company called within 30 minutes of my request and arrived an hour later. Although most anyone would have been irritated about being called out at 9:00 pm on a holiday, both the scheduler on the phone and the technicians that came were polite, compassionate and professional. In the next days of care that the company provided I experienced more of the same professionalism. The technicians were very educated and communicated with us their procedures every step of the way!”

Harold P.

Water Damaged House

Water damage restoration is the procedure of restoring a property back to pre-loss condition after sustaining any level of water damage. While there are currently no government regulations in the United States dictating procedures, 2 large certifying bodies, the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and the RIA, do suggest standards of care. The majority of reputable companies utilize the IICRC procedural requirement, which is the S500. It is based upon proven restoration concepts, research study and real-world experience with extensive data and details collected from various sources. These include the scientific community, global, national, and local trade associations serving the disaster restoration market, chemical formulators and equipment producers, cleaning and restoration schools, restoration service businesses, the insurance market, allied trades professionals, and others with specialized experience. The S500 water damage guide is continually updated as developments occur in screening, innovation and processing procedures.

The IICRC S500 supplies a consistent standards for water damage restoration. It does not try to teach thorough water damage remediation treatments; rather it supplies the foundation and basic concepts of correct remediation practices. Prior to specifying the job scope and procedures, the S500 needs to be evaluated. This is necessary so that the specific conditions of each restoration job is taken into account. Users of the S500 have to be in flexible in the approaches used while still adhering to IICRC stands as well as following all rules and policies applicable federal, state, and local laws.  Federal, state and local laws might also identify who can do the water damage remediation evaluation and who can authorize remediation procedures. A professional water damage remediation service will record the materials which were affected by the water damage and refer to industry basic rates guides in order to identify the appropriate value of the residence’s products lost and their service.

Water damage services include the initial assessment of the affected location with water sensing equipment such as probes and other infrared tools in order to identify the source of the damage as well as the extent of the area impacted. Remediation services would then be started in order to dry the structure, sanitize all affected areas, and deodorize all the impacted areas and materials. After the labor is completed, water damage equipment including, but not limited to, air movers, air scrubbers, dehumidifiers, wood floor drying systems, and sub floor drying equipment is left in the house.  These processes are monitored continually and, if necessary, adjusted until the final desired results are attained.

When working on a residence or commercial building, it is often the case that those who are performing the water damage restoration have to take into account the contents of the building.  This includes, however is not restricted to, furniture, electronics, books, computer equipment, office equipment, and any other items that may have been impacted by the water damage. The moving around of the said contents is typically referred to “contents adjustment.”

Contents may likewise require treatment due to the results of water damage. This may include, however is not restricted to, sanitation, sanitization, deodorization, drying, and storage of said contents. Other contents may simply be unsalvageable, or the cost of having them salvaged would exceed its present value.


After the water has been extracted and any non-salvageable materials have actually been removed, water damage specialists should put drying equipment according to industry standards for capability in the impacted areas. Market standards state that drying suppliers must go back to the house at regular time intervals, ideally every twenty-four hours, to keep track of the devices, temperature level, humidity, and wetness material of the impacted walls, contents, or other afflicted materials. Should one location be dry and another impacted location still damp, the firm will eliminate or relocate equipment accordingly.


When moisture, humidity, and temperature content are considered appropriate according to industry standards, drying equipment is removed and the drying procedure is complete. There are defining techniques and criteria to be utilized for assessing water damage and developing remediation procedures, but because of the special conditions of every water damage remediation project, it is unwise to provide blanket guidelines that apply to every situation. In extenuating conditions, discrepancy from standard practices is appropriate.

For more details about water damage restoration and clean up please call ServiceMaster by Bailey in Marietta, GA at (678) 626-7808.