Staring down the barrel of a possible water damage restoration project can leave you looking for options. A lot depends on just how bad the circumstances are. Let's look at four ways a water damage restoration services provider might tackle the situation.

Bringing in the Big Fans

There are plenty of scenarios where the most important thing is to just dry things out. A technician may haul in several large fans to provide low-speed airflow in high volumes. This approach is usually best when there are wooden structures in the building that have become damp but not moldy. The slow-moving air will help to dry them out, and the goal is to avoid causing the wood to warp.

It's also not uncommon in these scenarios to open up as many windows as possible. That can be tricky in situations where there is high outdoor humidity, rain, or snow. Also, some sites can't be secured, and leaving the windows open may present problems if the job is going to take several days.

Remove and Replace

Sometimes, the materials in a location are simply too damaged to keep in use. This is oftentimes the case when mold has deeply penetrated structures. Similar problems can occur when the wood is just too warped to continue using. Corroded metals also frequently have to be replaced when salts from water cause too much damage.

A water damage restoration services contractor may only be able to remove items that have been ruined, and you might have to bring in an appropriate contractor to deal with something like flooring work. Some restoration businesses, though, can deal with basic woodwork and finishing.


Depending on what has been damaged, the solution may be as simple as giving the surfaces a good scrubbing. For example, many stone and cement surfaces can be scrubbed up. Similar work can sometimes be done even with wood and metal surfaces. It may also be necessary to treat the surfaces with chemicals to ensure nothing icky takes up in anything porous. Disinfectants may have to be used, too, especially if there was any damage caused by sewage or contaminated water.

Treated Paints

Minimal damage from stains may be treatable with special paints. Usually, you'll want to have the surfaces thoroughly scrubbed beforehand. If there are still visible stains, the technicians can then use the paint to coat the area and treat it. A similar approach can sometimes be used with stains left by mold and mildew.