Water Damage Repair

Water Damage Repair Specialist in Yorkshire, York, Harrogate and Scarborough

Dryfix "Yorkshires Leading Flood Restoration and Water Damage Repair Specialist"

Water damage can occur at the most unpredictable of times and result in devastating damage to your home from partial or complete flooding, damaging carpets, furnishings, plaster, decorations and personal belongings.

In addition to catastrophic flooding from flood water, water damage can occur due to a number of reasons such as;

  • Burst water pipes during a freeze
  • Overflowing water tanks
  • Failure of a sump pump
  • Leaking washing machines, fridges & dishwashers
  • Leaking radiators
  • Leaking overflow pipes
  • Broken pipes
  • Blocked toilets or sinks
  • Leaking roofs
  • General plumbing leaks
  • Storm damage caused during bad weather
  • Broken / defective gutters (rain water services)

To learn more about flood restoration and water damage repairs read up on our blog posts; www.dryfix.net/blog/ or visit our surveyors photo gallery

Dryfix specialise in water damage repairs. Our services include, identifying the cause of water damage, trace and locate inspections for hidden services, initiating the repair and returning the affected areas to a dry state as soon as possible to mitigate loss and damage.

Dryfix can handle your insurance claim and project for you. We provide an assessment to determine the extent of damage, which includes a full written report for your insurers undertaken by experienced and qualified remedial surveyors who hold the National Qualification for remedial surveying C.S.R.T. This proves that our surveyors have been independently examined and tested, proving their extensive knowledge and expertise.

Our team of IICRC qualified water restoration technicians can assist with extracting flood water, administering microbial treatment to prevent mould and mildew growth and undertake the drying process.

We supply and install our own sophisticated drying systems using high-tech equipment to return your property to a dry pre-loss condition. We provide a full monitoring service during the drying phase by trained and experienced National Flood School and IICRC qualified water restoration and structural drying technicians. Read more about our training here; Dryfix Blog.

You can also hire drying equipment from us to undertake drying yourselves, although it is recommended you seek advice and assistance as failing to dry correctly may cause further damage and result in prolonged drying times. For more information visit our hire section Dryfix Hire

WATER DAMAGE REPAIRS

Once our specialist drying systems have returned the affected area to a pre-loss condition, we can proceed with any repairs and reinstatement with our team of qualified experienced tradesmen. Upon completion of our work we can also provide an insured guarantee and drying certificate for the work. Until now there has never been insurance protection available to home owners for water damage or flood repairs, leaving home owners at risk if a failure with specification or workmanship were to occur.

Dryfix Preservation Ltd are the 1st company in the UK able to offer clients with an insured drying certificate and guarantee for our work. This is insurance provided by an independent third party FSA regulated insurance company and has been tailored specifically for us in approval of our extensive knowledge and training within both the remedial and restoration industries. Find out more about insurance guarantees by reading our blog; Dryfix 1st provider in the UK for insured water damage repairs

When comparing Dryfix with other contractors you must ask yourself who vets those contractors, who determines their technical skills, are they Health and Safety trained and are they good enough to be acceptable to an insurance company?

IICRC - The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration CertificationDryfix Preservation Ltd are a certified firm with the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC).

The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification (IICRC) is the world's largest certification body for the flooring inspection, floor covering and specialised fabric cleaning and disaster restoration industry.

The IICRC is a non-profit standard-setting organization dedicated to raising industry standards through technical proficiency. By administering a strict process of certification, the IICRC provides a means by which consumers can receive the highest quality of service from trained, knowledgeable, professional technicians.

All of our technicians are National Flood School trained and IICRC qualified in water restoration, mould remediation and structural drying.

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Want to know more about Water Damage?

more about water damageWhen water damage occurs it can cause severe dampness resulting in spoiling and deterioration to masonry and plaster. Fungal decay can also occur when timber reaches moisture levels in excess of 20%. Secondary damage can occur post water damage as humidity increases with moisture evaporating from saturated materials, which can allow the germination of moulds and other micro fungi which pollute surfaces and the atmosphere. Hygroscopic materials used in the buildings construction such as timber and some plasters will also begin to take up moisture from the air resulting in further damage and decay.

CAUSES OF FLOODING

There are four main stages of a water damage process these are:

Water Migration - The initial escape of water

Absorption - Water which is absorbed into the buildings structure or fabric materials causing swelling, buckling, warping or discolouration

Contamination - Dirty water or clean water which has turned dirty contaminating surfaces and materials

Destruction - Damage occurring to saturated materials

CATAGORIES OF WATER

Dependent upon the source of water loss the water itself may also carry waterborne bacteria and viruses and even water loss from clean sources can turn dirty if left stagnant.

The source of water loss is divided into four categories to determine the level of pollution and risk to health. The category of water loss will influence the specification for cleaning and repair ensuring minimum risk to health of those involved in the repair process and occupants. These are:

Category 1 - Clean Water - Non toxic water that does not pose a hazard or risk to health, also known as "Clean Water".

Examples of clean water include but are not restricted to: leaks from clean swimming pools, broken or damaged water pipes, appliance malfunctions, rain water before it becomes contaminated.

Category 2 - Grey Water - Grey water contains a significant degree of chemical, biological and / or physical contamination. Grey water carries micro organisms and nutrients of micro organisms which can cause discomfort or sickness when exposed to or consumed.

Examples of grey water include but are not restricted to: dishwasher and washing machine leaks, toilet bowls containing some urine (no faeces), aquariums, water beds.

Category 3 - Black Water - Black water contains pathogenic agents and other harmful bacteria/ fungi which is grossly unsanitary and could prove fatal if absorbed into the blood stream.

Examples of black water include but are not restricted to: sewage or other contaminated water sources, category 2 (grey water) if not promptly removed, toilet backflows originating from beyond toilet traps, flooding from sea water, ground surface water and rising water from rivers and streams.

Category 4 - Hazardous / Special Situations - Category 4 water contains hazardous materials such as; asbestos, mercury, toxic chemicals, mineral oils etc; and waste that requires remediation by licensed contractors.

Examples of black water include but are not restricted to: Water damage occurring from major flooding which may have become highly contaminated from chemical spillage.

CLASSES OF WATER LOSS

classes of water lossThe extent to which water damage affects the building is related to the amount of water loss, the duration and escape of water, the direction which water loss has occurred and the absorption rate of materials affected. The class of water damage will influence the equipment used during drying and the duration of the drying phase.

These extent of water loss can be categorised further in four classes of water damage. These are:

Class 1 - Slow Evaporation Rate: Minimum moisture absorbed by materials of low porosity affecting part of a room or area with little or no wet carpet or underlay. Expected drying times up to one week requiring a minimum of one air change per hour to ensure efficient drying.

Class 2 - Fast Evaporation Rate: Water loss that effects an entire room or carpet and underlay with 12 - 24" of water wicking up the walls. There will be moisture remaining in structural materials. Estimated drying times between 7 - 14 days requiring a minimum of two air changes per hour to ensure efficient drying.

Class 3 - Fast Evaporation Rate: Water which may have come from overhead affecting an entire room or area. All materials will have been saturated including ceilings, walls, insulation, carpet, underlay and sub-floors. Expected drying times between 21 - 28 days requiring a minimum of three air changes per hour to ensure efficient drying.

Class 4 - Special Drying Situations: These consist of wet materials with very low porosity such as; hardwoods, brick, plaster and concrete where deep pockets of saturation are expected, with low rates of evaporation and long drying times. These situations require specialist drying systems with very low specific humidity. Expected drying times are 28 days plus requiring a minimum of two air changes per hour to ensure efficient drying.

INDOOR AIR QUALITY

indoor air qualityThe quality of the air indoors following severe water damage or flooding can be affected by the germination of moulds in addition to other bacteria which can contaminate surfaces and pollute the atmosphere. During the drying phase when saturated materials begin to release moisture the balance between temperature, evaporation and dehumidification must be controlled efficiently to prevent atmospheric humidity levels rising, providing conditions for mould and other micro fungi to germinate and thrive. It is important to control the quality of air during drying as air movers and other drying equipment can move polluted air around the building potentially posing a risk to the health of the occupants, hence why antimicrobials are used to control the growth of micro-organisms.

Specialist High Efficiency Particulate Air filters (HEPA units) also known as air scrubbers can also be used in the process of drying to remove airborne particulates. These types of unit are extremely efficient with an efficiency rating of 99.97% removing all particulates down to 0.3-microns (micron = one-millionth of a meter)..

THE SCIENCE OF DRYING

science of dryingIt is the science and understanding of psychrometry which allows our specialist water restoration and drying technicians to evaluate the activates of moisture, water, vapour pressure and temperature allowing the controlled drying of a building or affected area. Their specialist knowledge in the science of drying and a buildings construction aid their judgement over the choice of specialist equipment used during the drying phase. For this reason it is essential that when water damage or flooding occurs that you choose a contractor who is qualified in flood restoration and water damage repairs.

All of our technicians are National Flood School trained and IICRC qualified in water restoration, mould remediation and structural drying.

IICRC - The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration CertificationDryfix are also a certified firm with the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) the world's largest certification body for the flooring inspection, floor covering and specialised fabric cleaning and disaster restoration industry.

Dryfix Preservation Ltd are the 1st company in the UK able to offer clients with an insured drying certificate and guarantee for our work. This is insurance provided by an independent third party FSA regulated insurance company and has been tailored specifically for us in approval of our extensive knowledge and training within both the remedial and restoration industries. Find out more about insurance guarantees by reading our blog; Dryfix 1st provider in the UK for insured water damage repairs

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