Why You Need a Pro to Deal with Water Damage

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Flood and water damage do more than just ruin a couple of things in your home or property. The worst part about the water damage is that there is something we can’t see at first, which is called secondary water damage. Secondary water damage goes together with infestation of potentially pathogenic microbes like mold, mildew and bacteria.

Typically, if your home is not dried out and ventilated properly within approximately 24 hours of a flood, secondary water damage may start to develop and will ultimately introduce molding and infestation. Mold is one of the top hazards encountered during flood and water damage restoration. Therefore, it is extremely important to note that areas that have been wet for more than 48 hours will start sprouting mold!

Flood and water damage restoration can be very difficult work well beyond the scope of many home and property owners. The first thing should always be assessing the source of the water that caused the damage. Was it clean water from a busted pipe or a torrential downpour? Simply put, without the proper expertise and equipment to detect water damage and remove items affected by it, it is possible to make the damage to your home worse. It is therefore advisable to leave flood restoration to a professional.

Professionals will decide to either restore or replace. SERVPRO professionals have special drying techniques, which will save time and money for the insured and insurance company. You don’t want to end up with any type of secondary damage or mold that could be prevented by calling a professional right away. A professional will know when it is necessary to remove materials such as vinyl or laminate floors in order to dry sub floors. They have tools, such as moisture meters, that can detect exactly what’s been affected so that we can properly mitigate the loss.

Anytime you experience a water damage, you should call a professional. The sooner you call, the more you can minimize damage. Even if the cause of the problem is still not fixed, the faster we can begin extracting water, you can lessen the chance of further damage. Often times an area can feel dry to the touch, but it is important to have a professional use a moisture meter to check for water behind cabinets, walls, etc.

For questions regarding mold removal, water or fire damage contact SERVPRO? of Pasadena North at (626) 447-4111 or by emailing staff@servpropasadenanorth.com. Visit www.servpropasadenanorth.com for more information.




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