Water damage can happen at any time and without any warning to your home in Columbia. Whether a pipe bursts, an appliance malfunctions, the sewage line backs up, a toilet overflows, or a nearby stream floods, a prompt response can significantly reduce the damage done to your home. However, most homeowners do not know the correct way to respond, and can actually end up making things worse. Here are some common mistakes homeowners make following water damage.
Waiting Too Long To Begin Restoration
The ‘I will get to it later’ attitude will lead to even more damages done to your home and belongings following water damage. A quick and less extensive restoration is dependent on time. The longer water damage sits, the worse the damage will be. As soon as you notice water damage, you need to act. Immediate steps need to be taken to stop the source of water, limit the spread of damage, and develop a plan to ensure your home and property is restored properly. Do not wait or waste any time when your home has sustained water damage.
Failing To Achieve Thorough Water Removal And Drying
When people attempt to clean up damage on their own, they often use whatever equipment they can find around their homes to get the job done. For example, many homeowners have attempted to remove water in their homes with a shop vacuum, and once all the water they can see is gone they think the job has been done. What they do not know though, is that water seeps into materials like wood, drywall, insulation, ceilings, and floors and is absorbed by these porous materials. So even if surface water appears to be gone, water is still hidden where we cannot see. Without professional extraction equipment, commercial grade air movers, and dehumidifiers, hidden moisture will remain in your home – which leads to more damage. Mold can begin to grow within 48 hours of moisture exposure. When it grows in areas we cannot see, it is able to continue growing and spreading, leading to an extensive mold removal process once it is discovered. Mold exposure also causes a lot of respiratory symptoms and is a major health risk. Without the right experience, training, and expertise to thoroughly remove water, water damage will continue to be a problem long after surface water has been dried.
Because water damage restoration is an extensive project, and requires certain precise steps to guarantee the best results, it should be left to the professionals. At Sincerely Yours Cleaning and Restoration, we know how important it is to begin water damage cleanup as soon as possible – that’s why our team is on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide emergency water extraction, drying, and cleanup. We use state-of-the-art drying equipment, including thermal imaging to provide your home with the best results possible. We perform all restoration services to your home in accordance with the IICRC S500 Standard, and will even work with your insurance to make sure the whole process goes smoothly. The best thing you can do for your home, and yourself, following damage is to call the experienced and skilled team at Sincerely Yours.