Water & Sewage Mitigation

A primary goal when dealing with structures is to dry them quickly, efficiently and cost-effectively.

When pipes burst, sinks overflow, or you experience a flood or sewer backup, water can become a real disaster. Quick response is key when dealing with a water-related disaster, because the longer water sits the worse the damage becomes. In fact, mold growth can begin in as few as 48 hours.

Blaze implements mitigation procedures as soon as safely possible following the initial moisture intrusion. If the building materials and structural assemblies are exposed to water and water vapor for extended periods, moisture penetrates into them more deeply. Materials that absorb water slowly tend to release it slowly. The more water they absorb, the more time, effort and expense is required to dry them. With extended exposure to moisture, some materials undergo permanent damage that could have been partially or completely prevented with a more rapid response. In addition, in most environments the extended presence of water or excessive humidity can lead to microbial germination which can potentially lead to significant health and safety concerns for the occupants.

Blaze follows safety and health requirements which are an extremely important consideration related to water damage restoration for both employees and occupants.

Blaze employees inspect and make a preliminary determination followed by project planning to determine the presence of pre-existing conditions, contaminants (sewage or mold), health and safety hazards, and to address situations where the drying process cannot be completed in a timely manner. Material inspection and evaluation helps determine appropriate drying methods. Different materials and installation methods respond differently to various drying processes.

Blaze performs structural restoration with the primary goal to dry the structure quickly, efficiently and cost-effectively. A general “drying environment” needs created where rapid evaporation is encouraged. Some special modifications to procedures may be appropriate for drying common structural assemblies and a variety of specific materials. Additional modifications to procedures are required when contaminants are known or suspected in the work area or adjacent areas. The term “mitigation” includes controlling the spread of contaminants and moisture control. Psychometrics deals with measuring the thermodynamic properties of air and water vapor mixtures. Measuring and evaluating these properties enables restorers to better analyze and manage conditions during drying. The objective to drying is to minimize the amount of time materials spend in an abnormally wet state.

Blaze evaluates contents for water restoration which includes inventory and documenting the contents before removing them from the building. The restorable water damaged contents are cleaned by various methods and dried to appropriate moisture content. Contents will need evaluated for repair or replacement. Disposal of non-restorable contents should be handled in a manner to minimize the possible cross-contamination of unaffected areas. Certain types of contents require special handling and procedures.

Blaze will thoroughly document and record the water project. This is important to the development of a water damage restoration plan and the execution and completion of a successful restoration project, especially if there is a need to review or reconstruct the restoration process or project at some time after completion.

Blaze possesses knowledge about building and materials science including building envelopes, wall assemblies and systems that co-exist within structures. Many building component failures are due to damage from water in one of its three phases (liquid, vapor, solid).

Blaze can determine whether a water damage restoration project is large by a process of evaluation because size is not the only factor to consider. Large or Catastrophic Restoration Projects involve many building materials, components, systems and methods of construction different from those found in typical residential structures. Large projects may also involve challenges related to public access, security and authority or organizational hierarchy.

Blaze provides repair services which will vary depending upon the category of water and other factors.

Blaze is an IICRC Certified Firm in the following areas:

  • Applied Microbial Remediation Specialist (AMRS)

  • Applied Microbial Remediation Technician (AMRT)

  • Applied Structural Drying Technician (ASD)

  • Commercial Carpet Maintenance Technician (CCMT)

  • Carpet Cleaning Technician (CCT)

  • Health and Safety Technician (HST)

  • Water Damage Restoration Technician (WRT)

Our Water services include:

  • Temporary utility services

  • Water extraction

  • Structure drying and dehumidification

  • Complete pack-out of property contents (belongings, garments, etc.)

  • Climate-controlled secure storage of property contents

  • Specialized Structure and Content Cleaning

  • Complete Deodorization and Odor-Removal

  • Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning

  • Drywall Replacement

  • Comprehensive Property Reconstruction and Repair