First General Services of South Central PA

800-848-1524 24 Hour 7 Days a Week
Water Damage Clean up and Repair

As water damage restoration professionals First General Services will
start defining the extent of the water damage. The damage should be
assessed in three aspects which would include the following:

Water always seeks the lowest levels

First General Services takes everything into consideration the height
of the water damaged wall and how far down the water has gone into
the floors and walls. They will also inspect crawl spaces and anywhere
else that may need to be evaluated.

They can also effectively determine the degree of damage done by the
water and they will know what tools need to be used and how they
should be spread throughout the area.

First General has the drying equipment and the extraction tools to
remove the moisture from both the structure and contents. They will
not leave until the job is complete and the drying process can
effectively begin.

Successful Drying

For a successful drying and reduction of any microbial growth, you
must be aware of the four steps of drying, in which First General
Services provides to each and every claim.

1. Excess Water Removal

This means draining, pumping, absorbing and vacuuming methods
applied to remove the presence of water. It is said that the excess
water removal principle is the most abused one because most
restoration companies are not willing to invest in the right equipment
and the time to extract the visible water efficiently.

2. Evaporation
The second structure drying principle is evaporation which means
changing the physical aspect of the water from liquid to vapor. The fast
movement of air from any professional drying tool will increase the
rate of moisture evaporation in the air. This will decrease the moisture
or dampness on the surfaces. This will decrease mold and bacteria

3. Dehumidification

Upon evaporation of moisture from the structure materials, the specific
humidity, relative humidity, and the vapor pressure of air will increase.
Vapor pressure will help evaporation of moisture within the cavities,
structural materials, and contents that result in having considerable
damage that will increase the cost and the extent of the water damage.
Dehumidification speeds up drying by lowering vapor pressure and
raising moisture out of the materials into the air.

4. Temperature Control

The last but not least part of drying is the right control of the
temperature within in the environment. This will help the efficiency of
evaporation, dehumidification, and the ability of microorganisms to

A water damaged home will need the assistance of First General
Services to properly rid your home of excess moisture, water, and
then to begin the repair process.