Water damage remediation or flood damage control involves the use of flood pumpers typically combined with dehumidification units as well as with some of the more modern companies heating applications to dry out and restore property after it has been flooded either in a natural disaster or due to a pipe breakage or mechanical mishap. In the state of New Jersey is required that these companies be licensed with the Department of consumer affairs to ensure that the work is being done properly, that the contractor is ensured, and to give redress to clients if work was not done according to code. As we saw with hurricane Sandy those living closer to the shore are usually those that are most affected when natural disasters such as hurricanes hit. Those along the coast are also more likely to be damaged by high strength winds with storms that are coming off of the sea. Though by not living on the coast you are not fully protected. It is estimated there’s about 30 water damage claims per hundred thousand people per month. These floods occur due to broken pipes, water heaters gone bad, dishwashing hoses rupturing, washing machine hoses doing the same, children playing with the bathtub or shower, ice dams in the winter, roof collapse and the list goes on and on. Most people are not aware how much damage even a small amount of water can have on wallboard, wood floors, stuffed furniture, and personal items. Water damage restoration is both an art and a science. The science behind it is called psychrometrics. This is the balance of vapor pressure, humidity levels, temperature etc. that come together to provide the best drying envelope. It is not simply sticking a wet fact in a flooded home and assuming that that will do the trick. The most important thing Water damage is getting it cleaned up within a short time frame so that bacterial contamination does not occur. This is of course assuming that the category of water is category 1 or clean water which will allow it to be cleaned up without having to throw everything away category two or three water is dangerous because of bacterial pathogens and viruses that can be transmitted to the homeowners as well as the people providing the restoration work. In most cases items that have come in contact with category two or three water have to be sterilized and in a lot of cases with items such as carpeting pad mattresses couches etc. these items cannot be restored and must be thrown out. If you require water damage restoration services in NJ you should contact an IICRC Cerified member like Systematic Cleaning and Restoration. They can help you get your life back.