Water damage comes in a variety of forms, but the most devastating one is flooding. Having water rush into your home and seeing the standing water levels rising is not only stressful but very scary. Depending on where the flooding is coming from, the first thing you should do is turn off the source of the flooding if it can be done safely. However, beyond that, some threats with cleaning up flooding make it dangerous to handle yourself. Here are some of the biggest reasons that you should hire a professional water damage restoration company to help you with flood cleanup.
Even if water initially comes from an uncontaminated source, it does not take long for it to become contaminated with chemicals or bacteria. Chemicals are especially prevalent in sources such as faulty appliances like washing machines and dishwashers. If water comes from any sewage at all, such as from a broken toilet, it is going to be contaminated with bacteria. These contaminants can be harmful to come in contact with or ingested in any way. It can make you incredibly ill.
Standing water that rises to the level of the outlets on the wall is at a heavy risk of being charged with electricity. If the water mixes with anything that is plugged in, it is also a risk of carrying an electric current. Coming in contact with water that is electrically charged is incredibly dangerous and can lead to serious injury or even death. If you are not sure if the water is carrying an electric current, do not come in contact with it. Wait until a water damage restoration expert comes to inspect it and can ensure your safety. You can also turn off the electricity in your house as an extra precaution.
It is best if you can start the cleanup within the first 24 to 48 hours after the flooding occurs. But flooding is unexpected and might occur when you are not at home to do anything about it. Flooding can cause damage to the structural integrity of your home, including damaging the foundation. This can make it dangerous to be in your home while the water damage restoration occurs. You will likely need to replace the materials that make up your home once the water is removed and everything is completely dried. You and your family will likely need to evacuate your home during the cleanup process for your safety. Allow a certified water damage restoration company to handle the cleanup and inspect the damage to know if it is safe to re enter your home.
If you experience flooding or any other water damage in your Sandusky home, call Restore Pro to help you with the cleanup and restoration. Our experts will be able to tell you if your home is secure so you can rest assured that you, your family, and your home are safe.
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