Water Damage – What to do Next

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Water damage isn’t only a nuisance to your daily life and routine, there are health risks and it can also be very dangerous.

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What’s at Risk?

water-removal-pumpsOften times the damage from water is caused when a problem goes without being noticed. It may take weeks or even months before the damage shows up.

Time is of the essence when you are dealing with any type of water damage, and the key is to act fast!

Not only can the water ruin your carpets, ceiling, and furniture, but it can also destroy precious family possessions, important documents, and irreplaceable, personal items.

You may need to vacate your home during the repairs, and the disruption of your normal routine could really have a huge impact on your way of life. Having to stay in a hotel or at a friend’s home isn’t the way you want to spend your week, or sometimes, weeks.

Moving quickly increases the chance that your belongings can be saved or restored.

Common Water Damage Causes

Water damage can take many different forms and show up in your home or business in a number of different ways. If you suspect that you might have water damage, it’s important to know what the common causes are so that you know how to prevent minor water damage from turning into a huge problem.

Some common cause are:

  • A leaky roof from a passing rainstorm or melted snow from a snowstorm
  • A broken pipe from your garbage disposal
  • Condensation around your air conditioner

How Quickly Should I Address Water Damage?

Even if the issue is handled swiftly, water damage has been known to wreak havoc even months down the road. Often times the leak isn’t noticeable and may be behind a wall or in the ceiling.

The longer a leak goes unnoticed, the more money it can cost you to get fixed. Moving quickly also increases the chance that your personal belongings can be saved or restored.

Are There Health Concerns?

Not only is it important to start the process as quickly as possible for your tangible items, but it is also for the things you can’t see right away. Damage inside your walls or ceiling can absolutely affect your health and is something that has serious repercussions. With standing water and wet items comes mold.

Moisture is the perfect breeding grounds for organisms and bacteria to grow and possibly infect those in or around the affected area.

One thing people don’t realize when they have flood damage, is that the air quality in their home or business can be a huge issue. With stagnant air and constant humidity, some serious, long-term health issues can come about. Keeping you and your loved ones safe is certainly a top priority.

Water Damage Restoration Process

If you have water damage, you should absolutely consider contacting a professional to help with water removal. Water damage restoration follows several different classes and categories and you should always consult with an expert.

Step 1 – Technicians remove standing water with state-of-the-art extractors and pumps
Step 2 – Carpets are pulled up, and floors are dried completely
Step 3 – All electronics and appliances that are damaged will be brought back to their pre-damaged conditions where possible
Step 4 – The damaged site is disinfected in order to kill bacteria or mold growth

Water Damage Experts and Professionals

When you find yourself in a water damage crisis, no one can handle the damage better than professionals. During such a stressful time, you will need someone to help you see there is a light at the end of the tunnel; dealing with water damage can put a lot of strain on you.

A true professional will exhibit both experience and empathy while seamlessly guiding you through the process. They should explain every step and detail to you so that you’re fully aware of what will be happening in your home or workplace.

Fortunately, in most instances, your insurance will cover all damages sustained to your home. Most professionals will be able to help you start the claims process in order to quickly handle the situation. With the right preventative information and a good expert at your side, any water damage issues you face should hopefully be minimal and resolved before you know it.

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Sources
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  3. The Environmental Protection Agency. The Environmental Protection Agency: Floods and Flooding. https://www.epa.gov/mold/mold-cleanup-your-home#FloodsandFlooding
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