There are a number of ways that water can get into the home. Natural disasters such as flooding are one way. Busted water pipes are another common occurrence that can lead to water being deposited in the home. In all cases, this water must be removed if the homeowner wants to prevent further damage, mold, and mildew problems.
The old days of simply mopping up the water are over. When you have a lot of water that needs to be removed mopping simply will not do in many cases. A mop or shop vac may be able to pick up the water that you see, but what about the water that you cannot see? Water can, and will, get behind walls and under floors. This standing water can cause your drywall to rot and begin to smell. It can weaken wooden structures, and it can cause a variety of mold and mildew problems both on the surface (where you can see it) as well as behind structures (where you cannot see it).
Because water damage can be so insidious,and so hard to bring under control, many homeowners prefer to bring in professionals. Here are some reasons why they do this:
Professionals will have both the expertise and the equipment to get all of the water up. They are able to handle virtually any size problem and most are available around the clock. Time is important when you are dealing with water damage issues. The faster the area is dried out, the fewer problems the homeowner will have.
Professionals will know who to get the water up safely. Do not be misled, working in wet conditions can be dangerous, especially if any electrical devices are being used. Professionals will also have the special tools and equipment needed to find the water, no matter where it is. They can use moisture detectors as well as other types of meters to see just how much saturation has taken place. They can use cameras to find hidden water that you would not be able see with the naked eye. And for those who have high levels of water that must be removed, they can use pumps to quickly rid the area of the water.
Once the water is up, you will want your professional service personnel to disinfect and deodorize the area. This is an important step as not all water is safe and will require that the area it was in is disinfected to ensure your family’s health. Disinfectants can include anti-microbial and germicides. These treatments can also stop the onset of fungi, mold, bacteria, and other organisms.
Lastly, professionals have access to modern drying equipment that can get the area dry fast. This is essential to preventing problems such as warped floors and damage to furniture and walls. All of which can be very expensive to repair or replace.
If you have a water removal need, anytime day or night, give us a call and we can respond fast and get to work resolving your problem.