When water damage happens in your home in Abbeville, the best thing you can do is initiate a quick response. Restoration Pros knows that water damage cleanup needs to begin right away before the damage gets spreads and gets worse. Here are three main reasons why water damage cleanup needs to begin right away.
1. Prevent the spread of water
Water is able to spread quickly and easily throughout the affected area in your home. Water can penetrate walls, go under floorboards, and find its way into every available space. The longer the materials in your home are exposed to water, the worse the damage will be. Structural materials (ex wood, drywall, sheetrock, insulation, carpet, floorboards, etc) will absorb water, and continue to absorb it as long as it is present until they have become fully saturated. Once saturated, materials will begin to swell, buckle, warp, bow, bend, crack, break, and deteriorate. If water is not extracted and dried as quickly as possible, structural damage will begin to occur and water will continue to spread.
2. Prevent mold from growing and spreading
Mold spores are present all the time, both inside and outside. Because most surfaces have mold spores, as soon as moisture becomes available mold can begin to grow. When water damage occurs in your home, it provides more than enough moisture for surface mold spores to begin growing. In fact, in as little as 48 hours following water damage, mold will begin to grow. Because mold grows and spreads through microscopic spores, when mold growth begins spores are released into the air in greater quantities. Exposure to mold spores can cause respiratory symptoms like coughing, wheezing, allergic reactions, and increased asthma sensitivities. Failing to clean up water damage quickly allows mold growth to spread and compromise air quality throughout the entire home. Water damage cleanup is an extensive process on its own, but when you add mold removal to it it becomes even more complex and expensive. If water damage cleanup does not begin right away, mold will begin to grow and spread.
3. Provide the best odds of a successful restoration for your home and belongings
Because damages increase the longer personal belongings and items in the home are exposed to water, to provide the best chance of salvaging those items water must be removed quickly. Water logged items and materials may not be able to be restored and when damages are extensive, belongings may have to be thrown out. Water removal and drying is pretty straightforward, but when prolonged structural repairs will often be required to fully restore your home. If structural repair and rebuild are necessary, they need to begin as soon as possible so that your life and home can be returned to normal. Waiting to cleanup and repair water damage will just cause further damage, and mean that the restoration process will just end up taking longer. To ensure the best results for your home and property, a fast response is needed following water damage.
If water damage has affected your home, do not waste any time – call Restoration Pros right away to handle the entire water damage cleanup process.