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Water damage can happen at any time, without any warning. 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 damages done to your home. However, most homeowners do not know the correct way to respond, and can actually make things worse. Here are the 3 most common mistakes homeowners make when responding to water damage:
The ‘I will get to it later’ attitude will lead to even more damage to your home and belongings. 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.
When people attempt to clean up water 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 vac, 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. Most water damage restoration professionals offer 24/7 emergency response services so that cleanup can begin right away to mitigate damage. Full-service restoration companies are able to handle your water damage restoration process from start to finish, no matter the size or scope. With the use of professional equipment, proper training and experience, professionals like Restore Pro are able to provide fast reliable service to completely restore your home in Avon to its pre-loss condition. Do not risk causing further damage to your home; instead, call Restore Pro right away.
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