Water Damage Restoration

If you have had a water damage emergency or have discovered mold growing in your home, read the information guides below on what to do and what not to do in such instances. Then, call The Tu's Group, Inc. at 703-481-1261 to schedule an estimate. We are available outside of regular business hours for emergency water damage restoration and mold remediation. Please note that water damage and mold remediation estimates are considered service calls and are not free. A consultation fee is charged for water damage restoration and mold remediation services. However, if you do book a job, this consultation/service call fee may be waived.

Whether caused by a natural or man-made disaster, water damage is a fast and silent destroyer of furnishings, equipment, and building interiors. Timing is crucial to the prevention of the growth of destructive mold and mildew, which can appear within 24-48 hours. Every hour that passes means more damage to your home or building and its contents.

The Tu's Group, Inc. is the local leading authority on loss mitigation and can offer homeowners information to prevent a minor loss from turning into a major loss. The Tu's Group, Inc. will provide you with the following information:

The Tu's Group, Inc. is an IICRC certified firm that is experienced in helping homeowners for many years to reduce the loss in time and money. If you need additional information, please don't hesitate to call 703-481-1261 today!

What to Do in Case of Water Damage

Most water damage is not weather-related! Toilet overflows, broken washing machines supply lines, faulty plumbing, and other indoor accidents cause the majority of floods. The following information will help you save thousands of dollars when you are facing water damage.

Do:

Insured's Responsibility: The insured is authorized and required by their insurance company to take appropriate action to minimized loss. Failure to do so may absolve the insurance carrier from liability.

Do not:

A Few Simple Precautions

In the United States, over 1,000,000 structures are affected each year by water damage, resulting in over 3 billion dollars in insurance claims. Approximately 70% of all property damage claims are water-related. The odds are 1 in 20 that your home will suffer a water damage claim this year.

The leading causes of water damage are washing machines, icemakers, water heaters, toilets, broken pipes, faulty construction, accidents, ground water intrusion and river flooding.Water damage can be a traumatic experience. Most people have no idea what to do when it happens. Carpet pads and sub-floors can remain wet for weeks or even months, even though they may feel dry on the surface.

Any time a structure gets wet, health hazards increase substantially. Dormant mold and mildew spores germinate, bacteria begin to multiply and viruses become more active. A few days after the damage has taken place, the environment typically changes dramatically for the worse. People with allergies are the first to feel the negative effects of the increased fungi and bacteria, followed by senior citizens and children.

Wet materials need complete drying and restoration quickly, or people can become sick. Response time is critical in reducing the risk of "sick building syndrome." How do you avoid getting your feet wet in the first place? A few simple precautions can save you from "water, water, everywhere" - the stress and expense of a flooded home:

Questions? Please call us at 703-481-1261! Advice is always free! We are fully certified in Water Damage Restoration.

Water Damage Classification

Categories of Water

According to the IICRC Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Water Damage Restoration (IICRC S500), there are three categories of water that cause damage in buildings.

Category 1

Water originates from a sanitary source and poses no substantial risk from dermal, ingestion, or inhalation exposure. However, it may not always remain clean after it comes into contact with other surfaces or materials.

Category 2

Water contains significant contamination and has the potential to cause discomfort or sickness if contacted or consumed by humans. It may contain potentially unsafe levels of microorganisms or nutrients for microorganisms, as well as other organic or inorganic matter (chemical or biological).

Category 3

Water is grossly contaminated and may contain pathogenic, toxigenic or other harmful agents. Such water sources may carry silt, organic matter, pesticides, heavy metals, regulated materials, or toxic organic substances.

Time and temperature can also affect the quality of water, thereby changing its category.

Classes of Water Damage

According to the standard IICRC S500, there are four primary classes of water damage.

Class 1

Involves the least amount of water, absorption, and evaporation. It affects only part off a room or area, or larger areas containing materials that have absorbed minimal moisture. Little or no wet carpet and/or cushion is present.

Class 2

Involves a large amount of water, absorption, and evaporation. It affects at least an entire room of carpet and cushion (pad). Water has wicked up walls less than 24 inches. There is moisture remaining in structural materials and substructure soil.

Class 3

Involves the greatest amount of water, absorption, and evaporation. Water may have come from overhead. Ceilings, walls, insulation, carpet, cushion, and subfloor in virtually the entire area are saturated.

Class 4

Relates to specialty drying situations. Wet materials with very low permeance/porosity (e.g., hardwood, plaster, brick, concrete, lightweight concrete and stone). Typically, there are deep pockets of saturation, which require very low specific humidity. These types of losses may require longer drying times and special methods.

Water Damage Restoration Procedures

Water damage restoration procedures vary depending on the class of water damage and the contamination of water. Below are procedures that are used when water is clean.

Dry carpets

Dry walls and cabinets

Dry hardwood floors

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Certification

Your home deserves the best care it can get, and you can rest assured that it will with The Tu's Group, Inc. Our specialists are carefully trained and certified by the best organizations in the industry. The following are certifications obtained by The Tu's Group, Inc. Owner and President, Peter Tu.


Our Service Areas

The Tu's Group, Inc. provides services in the following areas: Northern Virginia, Loudoun County VA, Prince William County VA, Fairfax County VA, Arlington County VA, Sterling VA, Ashburn VA, Vienna VA, Great Falls VA, McLean VA, Reston VA, Herndon VA, Fairfax VA.