Disaster Blog | We will use our blog to provide tips as to how you can prevent disasters at your own facility and what to do in the event there is one.

Disaster Blog

We will use our blog to provide tips as to how you can prevent disasters at your own facility and what to do in the event there is one.

What is water damage restoration?

“Water damage restoration is the act or process of restoring and is not complete until brought back to pre-damage or former state.” –TM Restoration Schools, Inc.

We have special procedures for moisture removal and control. These procedures will halt the growth of any mold or mildew. Our goal is to work closely and precisely to transform an abnormally wet structure into a space that can be used once more as it was being used before the damage occurred.


  • Protect public heath
  • Remove harmful substances that may have entered the environment with the water flow
  • Salvage valuable property
  • Restore the environment to a dry and healthy state

The focus of the following posts will be the most common causes of water damage. The best thing we can do is to keep an eye out because the honest truth is that we can never prepare enough for a disaster. It happens when it happens and on its own accord. We will help you recognize certain signs of water damage… It will help in the long run. So keep this page saved and share it to your friends and loved ones and remember:

Before the disaster… Think AFTERDISASTER

What is water damage?

“Water damage is any water that causes the usefulness or future use or value of any property to become impaired by water.” –TM Restoration Schools, Inc.

Water damage affects the structure and contents of buildings and even more relevant is the fact that it also impacts public health if restoration techniques are not performed in the correct manner.  There are many ways in which we can be impacted by said damage, from a big storm where a tree breaks open the roof of your home to a small leak in the bathroom that you haven’t paid attention to or even seen.

What happens when this damage is not treated as soon as possible? If the water damage is treated immediately, there is less demolition. We will do everything we can to save your home and contents and we have the knowledge and will to do it. Your belongings can be destroyed along with your home if not treated in a timely manner. The water can cause irreversible damage to the structure of the building along with your health. Mold and mildew grow with time when there is moisture and it is not dried or treated properly. There have been cases where the damage was not treated until it was too late. Homes have been lost completely. In these situations one can understand how time can be essential, which is why AFTERDISASTER has a 24/7 hotline and our certified technicians arrive on site to an emergency in less than an hour.

Job Highlight - Hardwood Floors

 years past, restorers were nearly always forced to remove/replace water damaged hardwood floors.

However, AFTERDISASTER now has the technology available which allows us to extract water from the hardwood floors and dry them out.

This technology requires several key steps. First, it does not work with sewage contaminated water - only clean water. Second, the water needs to be thoroughly extracted as soon as possible within approximately 48-72 hours of the time the damage originated.

Finally, drying mats, dehumidifiers, and air movers must be installed shortly thereafter. Moisture is removed from the hardwood floors by constant negative pressure (suction) applied through these mats. Moisture is not removed through the finish, but through the open wood cells in the edges and in the joints in the floor. Felt paper (a vapor barrier), which is installed in newer homes, creates an impediment to this process, but does not compromise its ability to dry the floors. Proper use of this technology tremendously helps insureds and insurance carriers, as it minimizes displacement of the insured, due to less demolition. Additionally, it allows salvage of the floors and other expensive structural components (cabinets, appliances, etc.) which in times past had to be torn out and replaced. The restorer measures moisture at varying depths in the hardwood with the use of a moisture meter, which ensures and provides documentation of proper drying. Please call the AFTERDISASTER location nearest you and your insureds to take advantage of this great technology.

Welcome to AFTERDISASTER-Metrolina

As YOUR disaster remediation resource for the Charlotte, Metrolina region, we want to thank you for taking the time to view our website and learn more about our services. Before you go any further, we want to remind you that "Before the disaster ... think AFTERDISASTER!"

Over the coming months and years, our goal for this blog is to provide you with content that will help you understand what actions to take in the event you experience a disaster to your commercial or residential property. One of the first steps you should take is to save our website to your phone or mobile device so we are quickly accessible. After all, you can never be too prepared.