Water Restoration Services in Columbus

Putting your home back together after a water loss.

Water Damage Restoration In Columbus

Painting Columbus provided water damage restoration services to commercial and residential customers in the greater Columbus, GA area. Our expertise in drywall, flooring, cabinetry, trim work and painting give us an edge when it comes to putting your home back to pre-damaged condition. With more than 20 years of remodeling and renovation experience, Painting Columbus is the right choice when you are looking for a water damage restoration contractor.

Types of Water Damage

Water damage can occur for a variety of reasons, and it can be a slowly developing issue or an emergency issue. The causes of slowly developing water damage may be a slow leaking pipe concealed within a wall, a residential roofing leak, or a leak around doors or windows. Emergency water issues are often caused by heavy rain and flooding, bursting pipes, water heaters, toilet water line ruptures, damage caused by storms, or an overflowing tub. We’ve also seen pools leak or collapse, or large aquariums rupture causing major water issues.

Slow leaks often cause wood rot, mold, or mildew to set in, and often requiring the affected areas to be replaced. These types of leaks can cause mold growth, and when mold is found you’ll need mold mitigation also to prevent potential lingering health issues. Painting Columbus can help identify potential issues, and fix any damaged or rotten wood that can compromise the integrity and safety of your home.

Flooding or emergency water issues can spring up quickly, causing damage to personal belongings and your home. When this occurs, quick action can help reduce the impact and damage to your home. This often caused damage to floors, trim, and drywall as these materials naturally soak up water. This can be especially damaging to flooring like laminate or hardwood. Water can cause these types of flooring to bubble and swell, and often do not return to normal. Drywall will also swell when it gets wet, and can cause mold or mildew growth if it remains wet for extended periods of time. Insulation is another source of issue, as the typical batt insulation also is very absorbent and can soak up a lot of water. Emergency water issues also tend to involve more water, and usually cover a larger area than slow leaks do, and require a much faster response.

What To Do If You Discover a Water Issue

Depending on the size and nature of the issue, there is a plan of action to mitigate the water issue.

For Small Water Leaks and Limited Water

For Large Water Issues and Emergencies

Dealing with Insurance Providers

If you have a water loss that results in needing to file an insurance claim, we can help. We work with insurance companies and can provide the necessary documentation needed to process your claim. Most issues related to water loss and damage are covered under your homeowner’s insurance policy, so make sure to call and verify with them.

Water Removal and Mitigation

The water removal process can take a few hours to several days depending on the size of the issue. The first step is to get the excess water removed. We’ll come in with water extractors to pull the water out of the house, and extract as much of the water as possible from the area. Once we have all the excess water removed, we will set up dehumidifiers and air movers to quickly dry the area. In some cases, this may require setting up vapor barriers to isolate the affected area for maximum effectiveness.

Water Damage Clean Up

The clean up process usually involves removal of furniture from the affected area, and removing damage. If water has gotten to materials that are not water proof like carpet, hardwoods, laminate flooring, drywall or insulation, we will remove those items and clean up the area to prepare for the rebuild. This sometimes includes removing the carpet and padding, baseboards and trim, and 2 feet or 4 feet of drywall. These are often called “flood cuts” and will remove any drywall that was wet or damaged. Wet insulation is removed, and the area is cleaned to allow maximum air flow during the dry out process.

Preparations and Reconstruction/Rebuild

To get ready for the rebuild process, we’ll prep the area and get measurements on the materials needed. This will allow us to create a detailed and itemized estimate of the reconstruction costs to provide your insurance company. Insurance will cover costs to restore your home to pre-damaged condition, and will not cover upgrades or improvements. If you would like to make improvements or upgrades during the rebuild process, we can accommodate those requests, but those items are typically in addition to any insurance claim, and are paid for by the homeowner. We’ll work with you to match new materials and paint to the exiting colors and styles to get your home back to the way you love it.