Flood damage can seem like a kiss of death to most property owners. Weather, age, and other minor household problems can quickly turn into household water damage and can cost thousands of dollars in repair. Flood damage doesn’t just destroy floors. It can quickly turn into several other problems that demand time, attention, and money.
Whether a pipe broke, a flood ripped through town, or a toilet over-flowed, the effects of water damage in Worcester can linger without immediate attention. Here is why:
Within 24 hours of water standing in a space it’s not supposed to; mold growth can happen. Mold is an expensive and complicated mess that can be avoided with the immediate extraction of water and drying of a wet household area. If water settles, all it needs is the right elements for mold growth to start, and it doesn’t take much. The right temperature and some food (wood, carpet, paper, etc.), mold has the perfect environment to grow in.
Mold can quickly cause health hazards as well. Mold eventually releases tiny spores that float in the air and can cause allergic reactions. People with respiratory problems can be severely affected by mold contamination.
Mold + Time = More Damage
Flood damage can easily turn into structural damage when not given attention. Roofing is often a victim of water damage. If there are any cracks in your roof that water can leak through, your home structure could be compromised. Pipe leaks in walls is another culprit of structural damage. Routinely inspecting your roof for sagging areas is a good way to prevent future damage to any structure. Inside the house, look for any windows or doors that are hard to open, wet insulation, cracks in wood structures or the foundation, or damaged pipes and gas lines.
All too often, small signs of water damage like hard to open doors are overlooked and the water problems go unnoticed. If the features of your home are not performing the way they should, do some investigating before you brush it off. Many problems that begin with water damage can become costly repairs in the future.
Not only is the physical components of a home in danger from water damage, but so is electrical appliances, furniture, and other household items. Some items can be cleaned and mended by restoration companies, like upholstery, but many cannot. For the items that can be salvaged, you want to have a water remediation company come in to extract and dry the water immediately. Mold can grow inside couches, too!
Luckily, most flood restoration and mold remediation companies will work on an emergency basis. These companies know how important it is to get in, extract the water, and dry the property as soon as possible. Your flood restoration company will help you assess the damage, throw out damaged property that cannot be salvaged and help clean-up what can be saved. It doesn’t matter if it’s 3 o’clock in the morning or 3 o’clock in the afternoon, a great water restoration company, like MA Restoration, will be there when you need them.