Step 2: Inspection and Water Damage Assessment

Our Water Damage Restoration Process

Step two in the water damage restoration process is INSPECTION and ASSESSMENT. 

Before work can begin the scope of work needs to be understood, this is step two. If inspection and assessment are rushed, or, if the step is completely skipped, areas of damage can be misunderstood and even skipped altogether — this is a costly mistake. 

When you call SERVPRO of Montclair/ West Orange, we'll send a technician to your property to jumpstart the process. This technician will begin to understand the needs, as well as identify first steps, like applying temporary protective measures to prevent further damage and set the stage for restoration.  

Identify and Stop the Water Source

We will check for the source of moisture in your home or business. The source must be stopped before any restoration or drying of the building can be successful.

  • Stop the Source
  • Check for Contaminated Water

Identify the Type of Water

We will identify the category and classification of water damage to ensure our professionals restore your property based on industry guidelines. The level of contamination of the water will affect the specific restoration processes we use.

  • Category 1: "Clean Water"
  • Category 2: "Gray Water"
  • Category 3: "Black Water"

Survey the Extent of the Water Damage and Inspect the Premises

We inspect and test to determine the extent of damage and how far the moisture has traveled to ensure proper and complete restoration. In addition, we will inspect for safety concerns that may be evident. If there are any safety issues like lead or asbestos, please bring them to our attention.

  • Survey Damage
  • Complete Safety Inspection

Move or Block Furniture

We move furniture and property contents and block items to help prevent rust or furniture stains on wet carpet.

  • Block Furniture

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