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Water Damage Restoration and Water Removal Services in Houston

Water damage is an unfortunate fact of life as a homeowner – especially a homeowner in a region with such extreme weather as southeast Texas. And water damage can leave a lasting impact on your home in areas you can’t even see. If you’ve experienced water damage in your home, call Air Quality Express at (832) 781-0105 for a same-day professional water damage restoration appointment.

Sources of Residential Water Damage

In Texas, water damage can occur from a variety of sources. Listed are the most common causes of water damage.

Storm Damage

Live in southeast Texas for long enough and you’re guaranteed to experience a brutal hurricane. If you haven’t yet, you should know that gale force winds can blow out windows and doors, allowing torrential rain in. Flooding is also a frequent occurrence in the Houston area, and can happen even on the random chance of a particularly strong thunderstorm.

Leaking Pipes and Overflowing Plumbing Fixtures

Pipes, like anything else in your home, require maintenance. Of course, since you can’t see the pipes in your home, pipe damage often goes unnoticed, even when leaking, until they eventually burst. And if there’s a clog in your sink or toilet, you may find yourself experiencing a nasty overflow.

Sewage Backup

Whether due to an unavoidable sewer line collapse or a totally avoidable sewer line clog, occasionally you experience the nastiest source of residential water damage: a backed-up sewer line. This can cause sewage to leak into your yard, into your foundation, and out of plumbing fixtures in your home.

Water Damage from Firefighter Response

When you suffer a house fire, you’ll notice that firefighters use seemingly endless gallons of water to quell the flames. While some water turns to steam and other water spills out of your home, plenty of it soaks into the walls and surfaces of your residence as well.

Effects of Water Damage

Water damage can have a profound effect on your home, often in ways you can’t see. To mitigate these effects, a professional water damage restoration company should be contacted as soon as water damage is noticed.

Damage to Wiring, Gas Lines, and Appliances

A dangerous, unseen effect of water damage is damage to anything electrical in your home. Excessive water damage can lead to shorts in your wiring and appliances, and may put dangerous pressure on your gas lines.

Mold Growth

Mold can set in in as little as 48 hours after excessive water exposure; left unchecked, mold growth can rapidly spread throughout your home, leaving unsightly marks on surfaces and a horrible odor in the air. Mold can also contribute to respiratory issues in your family, especially those with asthma or other chronic lung conditions; and in the most extreme cases, widespread mold growth can contribute to structural damage in your home.

Black Water Contamination

Does your home smell like sewage after experiencing water damage? This is an unfortunate sign of black water contamination, caused by flooding with water derived from sources that contain human or animal waste. There’s no telling what disgusting pathogens black water contains, and unprotected contact with black water can lead to any number of illnesses.

Water Removal and Restoration Process

Water removal is a dangerous, dirty job that should only be handled by a professional water restoration company like Air Quality Express. Our water removal and restoration process includes:

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Inspection & Damage Assessment

Before restoration can begin, our certified inspector will come to your home and assess the extent of water damage you’ve experienced. The inspector will note whether you’ve already experienced mold damage and thus need mold remediation, and will also ensure any exposed or damaged wiring and gas lines are shut off. Because time is of the essence in a water damage restoration job, our inspector will provide a quote for a same-day water removal & restoration job.

Water Extraction

If required, the first step in water extraction is shutting off the source of damaging leaks. Wearing proper protective gear, our technicians use submersible pumps and truck-mounted vacuums to draw the water out from your home. Infrared cameras also allow our technicians to determine water saturation in the walls, ceiling, and floors, and whether carpet needs to be pulled to protect the rest of your home.

Rapid Drying and Dehumidification

Using industrial-strength fans, our technicians rapidly dry out the surfaces in your home. We also use dehumidifiers to leech moisture out of the air that may additionally contribute to mold damage.

Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Deodorization

Following complete water removal, our technicians use industrial-grade antimicrobial detergents to eradicate any harmful pathogens from the surfaces in your home. We similarly use powerful air scrubbers and deodorizers to remove that terrible “wet” smell from your home, and safely dispose of any materials compromised by water damage.

Home Restoration After Water Damage

Depending on the extent of water damage in your home, minor repairs such as drywall or carpet replacement may be all that’s required; sometimes, however, structural repairs are necessary. If the water restoration process requires reconstruction, we will happily recommend a trusted home remodeling company to assist us in completing the restoration project.

Inspection & Damage Assessment

Before restoration can begin, our certified inspector will come to your home and assess the extent of water damage you’ve experienced. The inspector will note whether you’ve already experienced mold damage and thus need mold remediation, and will also ensure any exposed or damaged wiring and gas lines are shut off. Because time is of the essence in a water damage restoration job, our inspector will provide a quote for a same-day water removal & restoration job.

Water Extraction

If required, the first step in water extraction is shutting off the source of damaging leaks. Wearing proper protective gear, our technicians use submersible pumps and truck-mounted vacuums to draw the water out from your home. Infrared cameras also allow our technicians to determine water saturation in the walls, ceiling, and floors, and whether carpet needs to be pulled to protect the rest of your home.

Rapid Drying and Dehumidification

Using industrial-strength fans, our technicians rapidly dry out the surfaces in your home. We also use dehumidifiers to leech moisture out of the air that may additionally contribute to mold damage

Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Deodorization

Following complete water removal, our technicians use industrial-grade antimicrobial detergents to eradicate any harmful pathogens from the surfaces in your home. We similarly use powerful air scrubbers and deodorizers to remove that terrible “wet” smell from your home, and safely dispose of any materials compromised by water damage.

Home Restoration After Water Damage

Depending on the extent of water damage in your home, minor repairs such as drywall or carpet replacement may be all that’s required; sometimes, however, structural repairs are necessary. If the water restoration process requires reconstruction, we will happily recommend a trusted home remodeling company to assist us in completing the restoration project.
health and safety risks, such as mold development and poor indoor air quality

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water damage restoration

Restore Your Home With Air Quality Express

If you’ve experienced water damage from flooding or a burst pipe, you don’t have the luxury of time – you need to hire a professional water removal and restoration company right away to mitigate the effects of mold damage. Call Air Quality Express at (832) 781-0105 for a same-day water damage assessment and reclaim your home today.

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