There are a lot of misconceptions out there about water damage. If your home isn’t affected by water damage, then buying into these misconceptions won’t give you any problems. However, if your home is flooded, these misconceptions can lead to making costly, destructive, and time-consuming mistakes. Here are five of these misconceptions you should be aware of from our water damage restoration professionals at Rumsey Construction in South Carolina.
This is probably the most destructive myth there is about water damage restoration. In even just the matter of hours, the degree of water damage from a flood can increase significantly. This is especially true for the porous materials in your home. Upholstered furniture for example, will absorb large amounts of the water which will cause the fabric to break down and be irreversibly damaged over time. Thus, rather than waiting, your very first step after a flood should be to call a professional water damage restoration company for help.
You should never expect water to dry on its own after a flood. While it may happen to a degree in some cases, you should not plan on this happening. Instead, you should open the doors and windows in your home to increase the natural air circulation and use strategically placed fans to dry out the floodwater.
While DIY restoration may be appealing due to the prospect of lower costs, it is rarely a good idea. This is due to a number of reasons but the most important are that professional water damage restoration companies have the advantage of superior experience, equipment, manpower, and training.
If water gets in your floors and walls and is not properly removed, mold will grow. That musky odor coming from the previously wet area is mold. Water damaged areas will stink if not completely dried out and treated with anti-microbial. Mold doesn’t only smell bad, it can also be dangerous to your health. Some symptoms of mold growth are; sneezing, watery eyes, coughing, wheezing, or skin irritations.
In most situations, services like content cleaning and pack outs are significantly less expensive than replacing each item. For others, replacement is the only option. In the case of property fires for example, if smoke and soot byproducts are not properly removed from the affected surfaces, they will need to be replaced. But if the property owner is quick to call the restoration professionals, they can successfully remove the effects of smoke and soot, allowing the owner to avoid high replacement costs.
When all is said and done, the best way to avoid making costly errors during the water damage restoration process is to call a professional water damage restoration company for help. We at Rumsey Construction in Columbia, South Carolina are one such company so don’t hesitate to give us a call for help without delay if your home ever floods.