Ottawa Indoor Environmental Services Ltd. believes that everyone deserves to live, work, and study in a healthy indoor environment. This is the main reason that our team is proud to offer the Greater Ottawa region a full range of certified indoor environmental services. If you are in need of our services call us to schedule a free remedial services estimate, or to have phone consultation regarding any IAQ problem that you may be facing. (613)366-5226  l  1(888)762-2550

water damage mapping and assessments

Our trained and experienced technicians can determine the extent of moisture ingression and migration using a variety of inspection techniques and moisture detection equipment. Once the required moisture mapping has been completed, our team determines the appropriate cleanup procedures based on the source and potential contamination of the water.

We have extensive experience and training in the assessment and remediation of water damage, mold and microbial contamination, so you can be confident that your project will be in good hands. So if you are dealing with a flood due to heavy rains, water releases from bad plumbing, or sewage backups, you should act quickly and give us a call as time is of the essence! (613)366-5226

WATER DAMAGE MAPPING

  • Moisture mapping documents the progression of the buildings' drying process: It identifies changes in the migration patterns of standing water, moisture on surfaces, water vapor in air and trapped moisture in building materials, finishes and contents; It becomes the chart that maps the daily reduction in moisture; It continues to document the building's drying process until such time the restorer determines wet building materials are dry - back to acceptable equilibrium moisture content (EMC) with other materials of like kind.

CONTAMINATION INSPECTIONS

  • When flood or water release event has occured, the first thing that must be done if to identify the category of the water in order to restore the property to industry specifications. The type of water contamination will greatly affect the specific restoration processes that should be used to properly restore the building to its original state. The different categories of contamination are:
    Category 1 - White Water
    Category 2 - Gray Water
    Category 3 - Black Water
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SCOPE OF WORK DRAFTING

  • Water damage documentation is prudent and should be done on all professional water damage restoration jobs. It is important to know how to use moisture diagramming and moisture maps to: document the extent of loss; stage various types of air movement and drying equipment; monitor the job's drying process each day; ensure all types of building materials are dry. Our team is ready to document all the required actions and steps that will be required in order to return the affected building to its original dry state. .


WATER DAMAGE AN OVERVIEW


Whether caused by floods, sewer backups, leaky roofs, or broken pipes, water damage is something that needs to be addressed quickly, as wet building materials left untreated often become amplification sites of mold and microbial contamination. Generally there is a 48hr critical time window during a water release or a water penetration event, in which time an action plan should be developed and implemented. Following the first 48hrs, the probability of mold and microbial contamination developing in damp areas and on wet building materials increases significantly.

During any water damage or flood cleanup event, the indoor air quality in your home or office may appear to be the least of your problems. However, failure to quickly remove wet or contaminated materials, and to reduce moisture and humidity levels can present serious long-term health risks. Standing water and wet materials are breeding grounds for microorganisms, such as viruses, bacteria, and mold. Such microbials can cause disease, trigger allergic reactions, and continue to damage materials long after the flood event has passed. Even some materials that are restorable can deteriorate to a non-restorable condition if left wet for a few hours or days. Other potential repercussions of unmitigated water damage include the increased probability that microbial cross contamination of unaffected areas can occur, and also that dry rot in structural building materials can potentially develop. If such scenarios are allowed to happen, the results are sure to be costly.

When water damage or a flood occurs in your home or business, often your most valuable asset, such situations are unexpected and deciding what action to take can be difficult. To prevent and minimize further damage, time is of the utmost importance and the essential thing to do is to stop additional water from entering the building. Afterwards, flood cleanup can begin by determining the extent of the damage, and by testing for contamination that will be present if dirty water is involved. Next, all salvageable and unsalvageable contents should be separated, cataloged, and removed from the building. Finally, the sanitizing process can proceed.