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  • Express Water Damage Restoration employs specialized cleaning and drying techniques as part of our contents restoration services to restore furniture, fabric, wood, leather, paper, books, photos, oil paintings, clothing, appliances, documents, electronics, and metal contents damaged by water, mold, fire, smoke, and rust. These restoration methods are highly effective and safe, and timely response within the first 24-48 hours is crucial to achieve the best results and prevent further deterioration and mold damage.
  • For our contents restoration services, Express Water Damage Restoration offers 24/7 service and immediate response. Contact us today at 817-203-2944 for an inspection and a contents estimate in our served locations. We will visit your property, prepare an itemized contents inventory with digital images, secure and protect all your contents, and transport them to our climate-controlled contents restoration facility. Your restored contents will be stored until you are ready for delivery.
  • Contents Drying Methods
  • To restore water-damaged contents and prevent additional damage like mold damage, Express Water Damage Restoration utilizes various drying methods. The selection of a drying solution depends on the material and the extent of water damage.
  • Air Drying
  • Cryogenic Drying (Freeze Drying)
  • Vacuum Freeze-Drying
  • Dehumidification Drying (Desiccant Drying)
  • Air Drying Method
  • The air drying method effectively dries small quantities of documents by utilizing a large surface area and turning them to expose wet or damp areas. This method minimizes metal corrosion.
  • Specialized Contents Cleaning Methods
  • Express Water Damage Restoration’s water damage restoration technicians clean, sterilize, sanitize, deodorize, dry, and store your contents until the restoration job is complete.
  • Specialized cleaning involves various methods used to safely aid in the water damage restoration and drying process of water-damaged contents. Our technicians pre-treat and clean items, removing dirt and debris before performing drying restoration methods.
  • Our Clean Trust Certified IICRC Restoration Crews utilize the following cleaning methods to restore your contents.
  • Abrasive Cleaning – Scrubbing surfaces to clean and remove debris.
  • Dry Cleaning – Pre-cleaning prior to wet cleaning and removal of light residues.
  • Foam Cleaning – Cleaning upholstery and fabrics to prevent shrinking and color bleeds.
  • Immersion Cleaning – Immersion of contents in a water bath with cleaning solution.
  • Spray and Wipe – Cleaning and debris removal for items that cannot be wet cleaned.
  • Wet Cleaning – Removal of moderate to heavy residues.
  • High-Saturation Ozone Washing – Removal of heavy smoke odor, soot, and oil from leather, etc.

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    High-Saturation Ozone Washing Method

    Express Water Damage Restoration employs the high-saturation ozone washing technique to eliminate strong smoke odor, soot, or soil. This is our preferred approach for cleaning leather soft goods, leather furniture, and other leather items. The high-saturation ozone washing method utilizes a gentle, specialized detergent that cleans and moisturizes leather by reintroducing oils into the material.

    Cryogenic Drying (Freeze Drying) Method

    Cryogenic drying involves retaining a small amount of moisture in each item during the drying process. Unlike the vacuum freeze-drying method, which completely dries the item, cryogenic drying includes a brief liquid phase. This technique is particularly beneficial for preserving paper, canvas, books, and documents. While it may be more expensive than other drying methods, the restoration cost is justified when it comes to replacing heirlooms, antiques, sentimental items, rare books, collectibles, and valuable documents.

    Benefits of Cryogenic Drying Method

    • Reduced warping of books and documents
    • Effective restoration of water-damaged leather and oil paintings

    Vacuum Freeze-Drying Method

    Vacuum freeze-drying is a highly effective and safe method for preserving and restoring water-damaged items. It is especially suitable for large quantities of wet documents, books, records, coated paper, electronic components, and electrical systems. The drying process begins by freezing the items completely and then reducing the surrounding pressure using advanced equipment. This allows the frozen water within the contents to transition directly from a solid to a gas state, bypassing the liquid phase that typically occurs during ordinary drying. By evaporating the solid to a vapor without any liquid phase, further damage is prevented during the drying and restoration process, and electronics components can be restored at a fraction of the cost of replacement.

    Phases of Vacuum Freeze-Drying Method

    • Pre-Treatment – Before the freezing phase, additional components are added to enhance stability, preserve appearance, and facilitate processing.
    • Freezing – A freeze-drying machine is used to freeze the material below its triple point, the lowest temperature at which the solid and liquid phases of the material can coexist. This freezing process sublimates the ice, transforming it directly from a solid to a vapor without melting.
    • Primary Drying – Pressure is reduced, and heat is applied through conduction to sublimate the ice.
    • Secondary Drying – Unfrozen water molecules are removed, reducing residual water content to 1% to4%.

    Benefits of Vacuum Freeze-Drying Method

    • Gentle drying of contents at low temperatures
    • Restoration of electronic components
    • Prevention of metal corrosion
    • Efficient drying of items with large surface areas
    • Restoration of electronics at a fraction of the cost of replacement

    Dehumidification Drying (Desiccant Drying)

    The dehumidification drying method operates on the principle of adsorption and can be used year-round in all environments due to its temperature range of 10 °F to 90 °F. Unlike other drying methods, it does not rely on heat. Desiccant dehumidification dryers eliminate moisture from plastic materials, resulting in minimal material degradation due to low drying temperatures. However, this method can increase volume, cause cockling distortion, and promote mold growth in paper.

    Contact us today to initiate your contents restoration project in Los Angeles, California; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Phoenix, Arizona; Dallas, Texas; or one of our other locations served.

    . Our contents team will be dispatched to your home or business location for inspection and estimation. We will also collaborate directly with your insurance company to file your furniture contents damage claim.


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