Tips to Prevent Water & Fire Damage This Holiday Season

Disasters Don’t Take Holidays — Prepare For & Prevent Damage From Water, Mold & Fire

Disaster can strike when you least expect it, and certain safety hazards tend to spike during the holiday season with so many preoccupations surrounding us. Fire and water damage are two of the most common and troublesome mishaps that occur. The Gainesville restoration specialists of Maven Construction Group would like to offer our advice on how to prevent and prepare for the unimaginable this holiday season.

Structure Fires & Restoration

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), structure fires were responsible for $10.3 billion in property damage in 2015. At Maven Construction Group, we specialize in fire damage restoration to restore your property after a disaster, however, it’s always best to try and prevent disasters.

  • Plug in only one high-wattage appliance at a time to avoid overloading.
  • Do not pinch extension cords between furniture and other tight areas to avoid shock or damage to the wires.
  • Remove any flammable objects on or around a chimney when in use.
  • Turn pan and pot handles inwards to prevent accidents in the kitchen and never leave cooking appliances unattended when in use.

Have A Plan For Fires

No matter how many precautions are taken, it is important to always be prepared in case things take a turn for the worse. According to the NFPA, only one-third of Americans have prepared for a fire by both developing and practicing an escape plan.

  • Test smoke alarms monthly and replace batteries yearly.
  • Set up at least two escape routes from every room.
  • Designate a meeting area away from any danger.
  • Practice escaping a fire at least twice a year.

Water Damage & Prevention

What is easier than hiring water restoration companies that have extensive training with water damage restoration? Preventing water damage! Maven has the tools and experience necessary to offer cost-effective clean-up solutions due to water damage but we want to help you avoid any unnecessary disaster restoration this holiday season.

  • Clean out roof gutters to avoid uneven spillage around your foundation. This can be done before you hang up your holiday lights or host your annual bash.
  • Inspect and repair any missing or damaged shingles on your roof.
  • Check for any dark stains under pipes, sinks and ceilings that could be caused by dripping water.
  • If leaks are found on water heaters, air conditioning units or pipes, repair them immediately or contact a professional.

Mold Assessment & Removal

Mold is caused by moisture and is often a consequence of water damage. Mold is also a prominent issue in humid climates such as Florida, even in the winter months. Be alert for signs of water leakage, such as water spots, peeling paint, rust or an irregular water bill, that could result in the creation of mold. Maven offers mold assessment and mold remediation services for both residential and commercial buildings.

Disaster Restoration Specialists in Gainesville, FL

The holidays are a time for enjoyment, not for worrying about repairs and restorations. Take some time from your busy schedule to take precautions to avoid fire, water and mold damage this holiday season. Maven Construction Group is Gainesville’s one-stop service for disaster restoration with experts on water & mold restoration, fire damage, storm & wind damage, and roof repairs & reconstruction. Contact us for 24/7 emergency service.

Maven Construction Is Proud To Help ‘Raise The Roof’ This Holiday

One of the best holiday gifts of the season is in the works right here in Gainesville, and Maven Construction Group is proud to be a part of it.Our friends at the Ronald McDonald House of North Central Florida, which provides housing and support to families with sick children, has needed a roof replacement for years.

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As restoration professionals, we understand the importance of a secure roof, especially for families going through difficult times. We also know they’re not cheap. As the chilly holiday season approached, the Ronald McDonald House was still $25,000 short of funding needed for the purchase.

That’s where local businesses stepped in to help.

Ronald McDonald House Charities realized that if 25 businesses and organizations each chipped in just $1,000 — one for each day of December before Christmas — that would provide exactly what the Ronald McDonald House needed for their new roof.

We’re thrilled to say that Maven Construction Group is one of those businesses. Check out the calendar of donations for all local supporters.

At Maven Construction Group, we work every day to restore properties and peace of mind to our neighbors in North Central Florida. We know that a roof isn’t just a roof — it’s security, safety, and comfort. We’re so proud to bring our mission and support to the Ronald McDonald House and the families who rely on it.

Alachua County Restoration & Reconstruction

Water, Fire & Mold Remediation Experts

Disasters can occur in your home or business at any time on any day. If you do not react quickly, the situation can become exponentially worse or even become irreparable. However, one call to Maven Construction Group can quickly turn your situation around. We understand that a fast response is necessary in order to minimize the impact on your home or office and the amount of downtime you will experience as a result. Maven Construction Group provides quality restoration services for mold damage, fire damage and water damage in Alachua County, including Gainesville, High Springs, Micanopy, Hawthorne, La Crosse, Alachua, Newberry, Waldo, Archer, Cross Creek, Haile, Jonesville, Island Grove and Haile Plantation. We are available 24/7 to provide restoration services pertaining to water damage, mold growth, soot and fire damage, or severe storm damage.

Fire Damage Restoration

Not only can a fire damage the structural integrity of your home, but it can leave traces of soot and smoke behind that can severely affect the health of your family. Maven will thoroughly clean your home or office so it is safe once again for your family. Call our experienced team to ensure your house is safe for your loved ones.

Mold Removal Specialists

Evidence of some forms of mold may be easily detectable, while others are unnoticeable to the untrained eye. Our licensed mold remediation professionals know the exact areas that are most impacted by mold. We will use the best containment and cleaning methods to eradicate all remnants of mold and prevent it from continuing to grow or spread throughout your house or office.

Roofing Repairs

Your roof is the structure that protects the rest of your house from the outside elements. If it begins to wear or is damaged significantly by debris, the rest of your home will be at risk to further damage. Contact Maven Restoration team immediately when you notice a problem with your roof.

Water Damage

Water is one of the most dangerous elements that can harm your house. It can reach into any nook and cranny and can even filter behind walls and beneath flooring without leaving any indication. Our water damage restoration service works quickly to identify the severity of water damage throughout your home and counteract it before the problem escalates.

Wind & Storm Damage Repairs

Florida homeowners and business owners are no strangers to the damaging effects large thunderstorms and hurricanes can cause. Severe winds turn all forms of debris into ammunition that can significantly damage your home. After the next big storm hits, contact Maven Restoration Group for assistance repairing any damage and preparing for the next one.

Lead Paint Abatement

In the past, lead was frequently used in construction but it has since been discovered to detrimentally impact our health. Certified specialists associated with Maven Construction Group are able identify traces of lead and know how to remove it without allowing it to spread. If you live in an older home and are about to complete a renovation project, call Maven first to test for the presence of lead.

Alachua, FL Commercial Restoration Services

Your business and office are not immune to these same types of disasters. In order to minimize costly downtime and prevent customers from getting sick, contact Maven to receive quick and reliable Alachua County restoration services you can trust.

Residential Restoration Services in Alachua, FL

After one of these disasters impacts your home, you must consult professionals who specialize in reconstruction projects. Maven Restoration Group will provide you with contractors who have experience determining which parts of your house can remain, safely removing the ones that cannot and expertly building the rest in order to restore your home to its original state.

Alachua County Restoration Services

Maven Restoration Group will use an experienced and licensed general contractor who consults with only the best team of restoration specialists in Alachua County, FL to work on your home. We use the most effective and advanced technology to protect and clean your home. Our goal is to restore your home or office so no one can tell a disaster occurred.

Homeowner’s Guide to Emergencies

Your home is a large investment for you and your family and you are tied to it both emotionally and financially. Therefore, if something happens to it, it is your responsibility to act quickly and prevent further damage. If you do not, these events can lead to massive damage to your house that can be irreparable or very expensive to fix.

Water Damage

In the event of water damage to your home, identify the source of the water immediately and turn it off. Turn off electricity in all affected areas. If the ceiling is wet, do not use any fixtures in that room. Remove all wet fabric in the vicinity and lift furniture off the ground if possible. While you wait for help to arrive, get rid of as much excess water as possible with towels. Do not turn your HVAC system any higher because you may cause mold to grow. Avoid standing under any ceiling that is sagging and do not rip up the carpet because you may cause more damage. Maven Restoration Group has the tools and experience to help you in this situation. Our team will know how to properly dry your home without causing mold to grow or further damage to your flooring, walls or ceiling.

Mold

Mold can cause significant respiratory problems, especially in pets, the elderly and children. If you discover it in your home, call Maven Restoration Group immediately. While you wait, evacuate everyone from the area and turn off your air conditioning. Do not try to dry the affected areas or disturb them in any way. Additionally, do not use any form of bleach or disinfectant to remove the mold, but instead wait for the professionals. Mold can spread quickly throughout your home in a matter of days. Our team at Maven Restoration Group will contain the spread of mold within your home and disinfectant the area thoroughly so you and your family will be safe once more.

Fire Damage

Regardless of how large or small the fire in your home is, it is vital that you take certain precautions. Attempt to limit the amount of foot traffic within your home to keep soot from spreading within your home. Keep your hands clean and avoid touching upholstery, fabric or walls. Coat all chrome within your house with a light layer of petroleum jelly. Dispose of any open containers of food or canned food that may have been in the vicinity. Make sure you change your air filter as well. Do not use any electronics that may have been affected by the fire or attempt to clean your walls without professional fire and smoke damage restoration assistance. When you need to do laundry, do not send your clothing to a traditional dry cleaners, instead send it to those who are experienced with clothing affected by smoke or the smell may set. Our experienced team at Maven Restoration Group will help you identify which items in your home are irreparably damaged and need to be disposed of. We can also clean and repair flooring and walls the correct way so that the problem does not spread throughout your house.

Storm & Wind Damage

Florida is subject to frequent large, powerful thunderstorms. Large branches and hail can damage your roof, windows and structure of your house. If you detect branches that have fallen on your roof, do not attempt to do any repairs yourself. Wait for Maven Restoration Group to safely remove them for you. If the storm damage is extensive and puts your family in harm’s way, evacuate until we arrive and determine it is safe again. Avoid broken windows that may allow more flying debris to enter. Our Gainesville restoration team members will make sure your house is stable once more. We will safely remove any fallen trees or branches and repair any window, roof or siding that may have become damaged in the storm.

Roof Damage

If your roof has been penetrated by hail, branches or a large tree, it may be able to let water filter through during a big storm. In this scenario, do your best to prevent water from entering your home and direct it elsewhere. If the water is coming through at a manageable pace, keep a bucket there to collect water or place a tarp up there to prevent water from entering. Do not put yourself at risk. Even if you believe you are equipped to climb up on your roof, do not do it in the middle of a storm or you will put yourself in danger. Move to another part of the house that is not affected by the water to wait for the storm to pass and our team to arrive. We will safely remove any debris that may be causing this damage. Our team will assess the situation and make roof repairs if necessary.

Lead Abatement

Lead provides a threat to you and your family, especially children. If you discover lead in your home, leave the area. Leave your home and wait until it is deemed safe to enter. Do not attempt to remove lead paint yourself. Improper construction methods can cause lead dust to move throughout your house, which will affect your health later. Maven Restoration Group knows how to properly remove the presence of lead from your home and will thoroughly clean afterwards so you do not need to worry about future contaminants.

Emergency Restoration Services in Gainesville, FL

Emergencies can happen at any time and any day of the week. That is why Maven Restoration Group is available 24/7 to help you and your family. The safety of you and you family are our priority and we will do everything possible to ensure that. We will use the latest methods and superior tools to keep your house a safe haven for many years to come. If you have an emergency situation in your home, call Maven Restoration Group.

Preparing For Hurricane Matthew

With Hurricane Matthew projected to arrive in north central Florida in the next few days, we know that many residents are looking for ways to protect their properties and families. As disaster restoration specialists, we wanted to offer our expertise as you prepare. We’ve pulled together 11 key steps to prevent damage and handle emergency situations to help you stay safe and secure this weekend.

  1. Be aware of the hurricane’s progress. Stay tuned to local forecasts, storm warnings, and hurricane trackers. By following the hurricane’s progress, you can make an informed decision of whether to evacuate your property, if necessary. Be ready to make this decision if you live in an area that could be flooded. If you live in a prefabricated house that isn’t sturdy enough to stand up to the wind, you should evacuate early to avoid the rush.
  2. Clear weak or dead tree limbs around your property. Loose branches pose a significant danger during high winds, which can blow them down and cause damage to your property. Make sure to dispose of any branches in a closed container.
  3. Secure and clear out your gutters. Hurricanes and tropical storms typically bring heavy rain. Providing clear drainage will help prevent misdirected flooding. Securing loose gutters and downspouts will also prevent them from being whipped out of place by winds.
  4. Shut and reinforce windows and doors. This will help protect against strong winds and rain, keeping the storm outside. Permanent storm shutters offer the best protection for windows. A second option, though not a last-minute one, is to board up windows with 5/8” exterior grade or marine plywood, cut to fit and ready to install. If you haven’t done this already, be sure to put it on your list in preparation for future storms. Don’t forget to secure any outside shed or garage doors as well.
  5. Clear your yard, porches, and patio. Make sure to safely store any outdoor furniture, grills, trash cans, bird feeders, hanging plants, kid’s toys – anything that high winds can pick up and use as a projectile. Playhouses, storage sheds, or any other outdoor structures should be anchored securely. If they are not already secured to a permanent foundation, you can use straps and ground anchors to keep them in place.
  6. Locate gas pilots and water mains. You will need to be able to find these and know how to safely shut off your utilities.
  7. Take photos or videos of the interior and exterior of your home and of your personal belongings. For insurance claims, it’s important to create a record of your personal property. This will help assist adjusters in case you need to file a claim. You can also create an itemized list of your furniture, clothing, and other valuables.
  8. Find and secure your important documents and insurance policies. If you don’t have time to access a safe deposit box, try to use a watertight box or make sure your documents are backed up online. If you plan on riding out the storm in your home, make sure you have a “safe room” inside the house.
  9. Put together a disaster supply kit. This kit should include a flashlight, batteries, cash, first aid supplies, and copies of your critical information if you need to evacuate.
  10. Charge your cell phone now. The worst time to run down your battery is mid-storm, after your home has lost power.
  11. Know your local emergency service providers. In case of extensive damage to your home during a storm, it’s important to learn ahead of time who will be available to help. Look for licensed contractors in Gainesville, FL who specialize in restoration and provide all-hours service. Maven Construction Group provides these services to the north central Florida region, and can be reached 24/7.

 

For further information as you plan for Hurricane Matthew, please see these emergency preparedness and response resources:

Q&A: Tree Damage At the Davies’

Client Q&A: Tree Damage at the Davies’

Here at Maven Construction Group, we believe that the best way to learn about a business is through its clients. Our Client Q&A series will regularly revisit past job sites to introduce you to our range of projects and let our work speak for itself.

Read our Q&A with Craig Davies, whose house sustained substantial tree damage during a storm.

Q: What happened to your home that led you to call Maven Construction?

A water oak in our backyard lost a branch that landed on our house, creating several large holes in the roof. The branch was so large that it extended from our back yard across the roof onto the front of the house. I was very anxious and concerned. I climbed into the attic where I saw branches extending into the house with water from the storm coming through the holes. I immediately went back into the house with buckets and asked my wife Beth to call a repair service.

Leith [Finnegan, owner of Maven Construction Group] responded within the hour even though he had been at a local restaurant trying to enjoy a quiet meal.

Q: How was Maven Construction able to help that night?

Although the rain continued, Leith climbed onto the roof, and in spite of darkness and branches that made maneuvering and visibility difficult, he applied tarps to cover the holes. Leith arranged everything including dehumidifying the house and attic, tree branch removal, structural engineering appraisal, truss repair, roof replacement, drywall repair, interior and exterior door replacement and even all painting and finish work.

Obviously confidence and peace of mind is critical when repair to a home is needed. Beginning with the night Leith came to our house and applied temporary repairs, then discussing the situation and a plan of action, I began to relax and develop trust for Leith and Maven Construction. I felt increasingly confident that Maven would not only provide superior repairs, but that they would manage all subcontractors to the same standard.

Q: How did Maven Construction handle the insurance claim process?

We were not familiar with any of the processes needed to work with the insurance company, so Leith’s expertise and efficient approach gave us confidence that our home would be repaired to acceptable standards. Leith maintained an ongoing dialog with the insurance company, which I believe allowed us to stay on a schedule that completed the work in a timely manner and assured smoother financial transactions. He kept us informed regarding his interaction with the insurance company and any additional action that was necessary to assure prompt payment for claims.

Q: Was there anything about Maven’s work that particularly surprised or impressed you?

Their communication is outstanding! Leith organized everything and kept us informed so we never wondered or doubted that any aspect of the repair would be completed timely and with exceptional quality. We received regular progress reports via email or personal phone call. Leith remained available at any time to assist and assure us of the status of repairs.

Q: Do you have any advice for homeowners in a similar situation as you were?

Call Maven — you’ll be ever so pleased that you did!

Ask a Contractor

Questions to Ask When Hiring a Restoration Contractor

When disaster strikes your home or business, you will need the help of restoration professionals. Whether the damage involves a fallen tree, water, fire, or mold there is a specialized contractor in the business of helping people like you.

Maven is a great example of a restoration company that works hard to help its customers. We would like to share five tips to help you choose a responsible contractor for your restoration job. These tips will lead you to qualified professionals who won’t complicate the damage but will restore what you’ve lost.

Tip 1: Ask if the contractor is licensed.

It is important to hire a licensed contractor. This will ensure your contractor is a legitimate professional and not someone who wants to take advantage of you.

See the license in writing. To do this, ask to see a physical copy of the license or check the license online. Almost every state has an online database of licensed contractors sorted by business and, or contractor name. Check the expiration date and ensure the license is still in good standing.

Note: By law, the contractor you hire must have a license if your restoration project requires any building materials to be removed from the work site.

Tip 2: Ensure the contractor has experience.

Experience is important. In Florida, a general contractor’s license requires over four years of experience. This means a license will ensure your contractor is an honest businessperson, and it will ensure he or she has adequate experience for the job. Any experience beyond the license minimum just means he or she is better prepared for your restoration job.

Also talk with the contractor about his or her experience. Here is a question you might start the conversation with: “How many restoration jobs like mine have you completed in the last year?” This is a great prompt for the contractor to discuss specific know-how. You should try to gauge the amount of knowledge the contractor really has about restoration jobs — especially ones like yours.

Tip 3: Check for proper certification.

A certification will help ensure a restoration-job well done. There are about 30 different certifications a contractor can have. Restoration certifications include: water damage restoration, commercial drying, fire and smoke restoration, and mold remediation. Ask yourself: “What type of damage has occurred in my home or business? Water, fire, mold?” Talk to your contractor about his or her certifications in the area of your concern.

Tip 4: Ask for references.

A good contractor will happily provide you with references. Online reviews are a great place to start. If you want to ensure you that you hire a quality restoration contractor, speak with past customers or businesses that have worked with the contractor you are considering. The goal is to make sure the contractor in question has been honest in other business dealings and that he or she does not cut corners to get to the end result.

Tip 5: Remember the red flags.

Red flag 1: The contractor requires cash payments or up-front payments in full.

Red flag 2: The contractor requires that you use leftover materials from his or her last job.

Legitimate contractors will not ask you to do those things. So, do not hire a contractor that raises a red flag.

We hope our advice will lead you to a company that will handle your restoration job with care and excellence. Whether you currently seek a restoration contractor or will need to do so in the future — remember our five tips and let them guide your search.

If you would like to learn more about Maven Construction Group, or for more resources concerning fire, water or mold remediation, contact us today.

Don’t Let Christmas Lights Become a Fire Hazard

fire-hazard-christmas_lightsChristmas is a wonderful time of the year…for most us.  We love the decorations and lights but how much though do we put adorning our houses without causing a fire hazard?  Firefighters and law enforcement will tell you – not enough.
Already this year, in Eatontown NJ, a family was left homeless by faulty Christmas lights that burned down their house at night, while they were sleeping. Luckily for the residents, everyone was able to get out safe. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case.  

What can you do to ensure that your holiday decorations don’t cause the “Nightmare before Christmas”?  Here are a few tips from the fire damage restoration experts at Maven:

  1. Always use Power Strips – power strips almost always contain a circuit breaker that will automatically shut the power strip off.  This helps prevent a particular circuit from being overloaded.
  2. 3-in-1 Rule of Thumb – a great rule of thumb provided by an electrician friend of ours is the “3-in-1” rule.  Never bring more than 3 strands of lights into one circuit.  Plus, the newer LED lighting uses even less electricity which will help ensure the circuit’s integrity.
  3. Install Weatherproof Outlets for Outdoor Lighting – picture your outdoor socket all loaded up with plugs from various Christmas lighting displays.  What would happen to that socket if your sprinkler systems can on at 5am (like mine does) and sprayed a stream of water all over those connections?  How would that outlet fair if a cold front pushed a steady drizzle of rain in?  Weatherproof outlets are simple to install and eliminate one of our main lighting related fire hazards here in Florida.
  4. Inspect Repeatedly – make it a habit to check your plugs, cords and bulbs frequently.  Feel bulbs, especially bulbs around flammable materials like curtains and wreaths.  Are the bulbs hot to the touch?  Are cords frayed or worn in any way?  Are they hot to the touch?


Christmas time should be about fun and family…not about fires, damaged property and most of all injuries.  Following these 4 tips will help ensure that you and your family stay safe and happy for many holiday seasons to come!

Water Damage Gainesville Florida

Water damage can lead to mold contamination if ignored or not dried within 24-48 hours. Some water damages in Gainesville Florida happen quickly and are obvious, causing significant amounts of water. Others may happen slowly for longer periods of time going unnoticed. The presence of such uncontrolled water damage can allow mold to grow. Often times homes have hidden, slow plumbing leaks and the homeowner or building occupants are unaware of this damage for months. Slab leaks are example of hidden plumbing leaks which can lead to serious structural problems and mold growth.

Moisture from Construction: Moisture contained in the materials used to construct a building needs to be removed, by using drying materials, once construction has been completed. During the construction process building materials are often water damaged by rain and then installed and covered up before dried properly. Contractors are generally behind schedule due to rain delays which often times results in the use of wet building materials as they try to complete their project on time. This increases the chances of mold contamination within the home or building. Most building contractors have little to no understanding of psychrometrics which is the science of understanding how moisture behaves when it is a vapor contained in the air. The following defined terms must be understood for one to have a better understanding of psychrometrics. 

Dry-bulb temperature:  The temperature of air read on a standard thermometer. 

Relative humidity: (RH) The ratio of moisture content in the air. 

Specific humidity: The weight of water in each pound of dry air. Generally discussed in GPP (Grains Per Pound) of Dry Air. 

Wet bulb temperature: The temperature of air read on a standard thermometer that is covered by wet wick and exposed to air moving across it at 1000 feet per minute. 

Mold Growth Inside Buildings: Mold will begin to grow in and on building materials when humidity levels within the building reach 70 % or higher. This can result from water damaged building materials not being dried properly or HVAC system failure. When a building’s HVAC system is failing it can result in surface mold growth which can be remediated easily early on. Serious mold problems are usually the result of some form of water damage such as plumbing leaks or roof leaks which go ignored or are mishandled. Property management companies and condo associations in Gainesville Florida are known to ignore and mishandle water damage and mold damage. Property management companies are paid by property owners to minimize damages and cost and maximize profits, leaving building occupants at risk. Property management companies definition of mold remediation is covering mold contaminated drywall with paint or primer. Maintenance staff often perform these tasks with little to no knowledge about mold contamination and proper structural drying. Water damage is a very serious issue  and many residents are living inside mold contaminated apartment buildings with little to no knowledge.

If you suspect you have mold in your residence, contact professionals who can help you identify and eliminate the problem. MAVEN Construction Group is a licensed General Contractor AND licensed Mold Remediator with over a decade of experience in handling water and mold related issues in residential and commercial buildings.

Water Removal Gainesville Florida

When removing water from commercial and residential buildings you must understand the science of drying. The science of drying requires understanding of thermodynamic properties of air and water vapor mixtures. Measuring and evaluating these properties enables restorers to better analyze and manage conditions during drying. Rapid drying requires the proper equipment and understanding of the elements listed below.

Although equilibrium is not the primary goal in structural drying, the forces that continually seek this state are the same forces used to achieve drying goals. Managing psychrometric conditions influences the rate at which moisture moves from wet building materials to the air, when seeking equilibrium. The objective of drying is to minimize the amount of time materials spend in an abnormally wet state. This time can be reduced by better understanding the forces that move moisture through materials.

Evaporation is the transfer of moisture from water damaged building materials to the air. This can be achieved by rapid air-movement by using high velocity air-movers. When a building suffers from water damage the humidity inside the building goes up. Because of the the wet building materials inside, the moisture has no place to go once the materials are saturated. Elevated humidity levels means excess moisture in the air which leads to secondary water damaged building materials. For example, water may flood a building as a result of a plumbing malfunction but only go 6 to 12 inches up the drywall. The elevated moisture within the air-space of the building will rise causing wet air to damage upper cabinets and other building materials that were not actually touched by water. Elevated moisture levels or elevated Relative Humidity or (RH) can lead to mold contamination in areas of the dwelling that were not actually touched by water. The best way to reduce elevated (RH) is the installation of dehumidifiers. Dehumidification is the process of removing moisture from the air. In closed drying systems dehumidifcation is essential for removing evaporated moisture from the air to minimize or prevent secondary water damage.

Once structural drying is completed and the drying goal is achieved, inspection of damages is performed. Building materials such as drywall can lose structural integrity once damaged by water. Often times insurance companies think that drywall can be saved once dried however, if the structural integrity of the drywall has been compromised it should be replaced. Drywall is considered to be a porous and should always be removed if the category of water is 2 or 3 (which means it is an unclean source). Drywall that is contaminated with mold should always be removed no matter the situation.