What To Do When Your Home Has Water Damage
When a major storm passes throughout your area, your home may suffer from water damage that proves to be very difficult to repair. There are a few things that you and your family can do in order to start recovering from this type of destruction, but certified professionals will be needed in order to remove any serious health or structural threats. That's when Steamatic can come to your rescue!
Contaminated storm surges or flood waters can transport pathogens and become a breeding ground for mold. If these mold spores are not taken care of, they can spread throughout the home or building, becoming even more difficult to remove. If the microbial threat is too great, government agencies can condemn the property.
Homes are very sensitive to water damage because the moisture content is difficult to detect once the flood waters recede. Stagnant liquid can promote microbial growth within 24 hours and can saturate all kinds of textiles and seep through your drywall.
Moisture can collect behind your walls, where mold and bacteria may multiply. If a family reacts promptly enough after water damage has occurred to their home, items such as clothes and furniture may be salvageable.
Before entering a home that has been affected by water damage, make sure that the electrical power has been shut off. There may be exposed wires or devices left plugged in that can electrocute people resulting in a major injury, or in the worst case, death.
When re-entering the building for the first time, you should make sure to move very slowly through it. Under the debris, reptiles or rodents can be hiding and may decide to bite if they feel any sort of threat. If you decide that you are going to enter the premises, wear protective clothing from head to toe to protect you from possible wildlife, as well as airborne contaminants. Don’t forget thick boots, rubber gloves and eye protection.
Normally, anything porous that has come in contact with contaminated fluids need to be discarded right away. Items including mattresses, box springs and pillows trap moisture quicker than other materials and encourage the growth of microbes.
If your home has suffered from water damage, you can help and prepare for professional cleaners by getting rid of all porous items such as those mentioned above before the cleaners arrive.
Professional cleaners will be able to find pockets of excess moisture, and remove them. The cleaners have special equipment that is able to measure the moisture content behind tiles and wall seven though the surface may not feel wet on the outside. These technicians are also able to quicken the drying process to prevent the growth of mold or harmful bacteria.
Hiring experienced, dependable, certified professionals is crucial. Technicians must be trained extensively in order to thoroughly remove any compromised areas in the home. The technicians at Steamatic are trained to identify and remove any threats or compromised areas and do what it takes to restore them.
With over 40 years of experience in assisting residents with water damage restoration services, we have seen it all. We utilize a number of different restoration techniques in order to help you and your family recover as fully as possible.
For the most effective results after water damage, you should contact us within 24 hours so we can begin our clean up process before secondary problems set in.