How Does Water Damage Restoration Work

Before you hire us to repair your water damage, you might be interested in how the whole water damage restoration process will look like. We completely understand why you would want to know that first, so let us quickly explain how everything will work. 

In a Hurry? Here Are Quick Points to Take Away:

  1. Water damage restoration starts with detection and removal of the moisture source
  2. Next step is water removal – extraction of all standing water
  3. Third step is dehumidification
  4. The final step is any repair and reconstruction work required after the damage

Need more clarity? Keep on reading!

how does water damage restoration work

Water Damage Restoration Steps

Let’s cover each water damage restoration step one-by-one.

Moisture Source Removal

To start dealing with all standing water, we first have to prevent additional water from entering the property. This may or may not have already been done by the homeowner.

At times removing a moisture source is easy and straightforward – there’s a pipe burst, we fix that, and the moisture source has been removed – but at other times, it might not be. At times water damage might be brought on by an external force like a flood or a hurricane, leading to a much more difficult job at our hands. 

In other cases, a homeowner could be experiencing a sewage backup that’s also very difficult to deal with. Sewage backups are often caused by tree roots and also bad weather. 

It all depends on the scenario but this is usually not a difficult step.

Water Removal

Water removal is the next step. All that standing water in your property will only cause problems the longer it stays there, hence why we need to act fast and remove it ASAP. We’ll use pumps to extract the water out of your house or business to a specific location (don’t worry, the water will be in a controlled environment). 

Once the water is removed, all wet materials should also be taken out. We’ll work together to see what’s recoverable and what’s not but generally wooden furniture and items like paper, clothing, and electronic devices can be recovered, while food, medicine, and warped materials – which is often drywall (depending on how wet it is) – should be removed.


Dehumidification is done using professional dehumidifiers which most homeowners do not possess. This is why leaving water damage restoration to a professional is crucial – not only do we have the skills required for the job, but we also have the equipment you likely don’t. And rightfully so, it’s costly. 

Anyway, the drying process we and other restoration companies implement is not random. In fact, professional drying techniques are actually based on science. Check psychrometrics to learn more. 

Dehumidification needs to be done quickly in order to prevent mold from growing. Mold starts growing only 24 to 48 hours after water damage and it just means more trouble – and more mold removal expenses – which is why fast dehumidification is so critical.

Additionally, we’ll begin the cleanup and disinfection as soon as all wet and potentially contaminated water and items have been taken out.

If you’re wondering about timelines, it takes 2-3 weeks to dry most homes, depending on the severity of the damage.


Some restoration jobs might not require as much repairs and reconstruction as others, but it’s very important to replace walls and flooring that have been severely damaged. For example, drywall should be removed and replaced if it’s only more than 1% wet. 

Flooring might be saved but only if we act quickly. As you’ve probably seen so far, the success of the entire project depends on speed, among other things.


Precise Water Damage Restoration of Portland is ready to help you with your restoration project. Save yourself from unnecessary frustration, stress, and potential exposure to health hazards and leave this job to professionals. 

They know how to take care of your property and how to do so at the highest level. Call us and let’s get started. 

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