3 Facts You Need to Know About Water Damage Restoration
If you live in a region where water damage is likely, you may want to educate yourself on these 3 facts about water damage restoration. Knowing these facts can help you avoid or minimize damage to your home and your health, and can help you save money by catching issues before they become more serious and extensive.
The #1 fact is the most important, and it’s that you should always leave water damage restoration to the professionals.
While it may be tempting to want to start cleaning up water damage yourself, you should not attempt to. Health issues can arise if you come into contact with contaminated water. If you don’t have the proper training and specialized cleaning equipment, you won’t be able to fully remove the water, which will lead to long term structural damage and further health issues from stagnant water and the resulting mold.
Fact #2 is that you need to act quickly as soon as flooding occurs.
It only takes 24 to 48 hours for mold and other dangerous microorganisms to start growing and multiplying in water or moist areas. The longer you wait, the more these bacteria and fungi will spread into the construction materials and other items in your home or business and it will become difficult, costly, and possibly even impossible to restore your home or business to pre-flood condition. Acting quickly will minimize the required cleanup, and minimize overall damage.
Fact #3: Water damage can cause hazardous health concerns beyond just mold.
Depending on what the source of the flood water was, different types of bacteria and microorganisms can be present. Toilets, dishwashers, washing machines, and other household water sources contain simple and standard bacteria. Water from flooded rivers, streams, or sewage leaks can be contaminated with a long list of more serious bacteria including E. Coli, Salmonella, and the Hepatitis A virus.
The longer any sort of water sits in your home or business after water damage occurs, the more these bacteria will grow, spread, and become serious health risks to anyone who comes into contact with them. Air quality issues can arise and cause serious respiratory issues and illnesses as these bacteria proliferate.
As soon as water damage occurs in your home or business, make sure to contact a professional restoration contractor immediately to start the cleanup process. This will help ensure that your building can be restored to its original pre-flood condition, and that you can stay healthy during the process. Water damage is an issue that will not go away on its own, but will get worse as time goes on without immediate professional attention.
If you experience water damage in Anaheim, Santa Ana, Buena Park, or anywhere in Orange County, contact OC HandyCrew to start the restoration process immediately.