Water Damage – What to do next?

Water Damage – What to do next?

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Water Damage – What to do next?

  1. Water damage isn’t only a nuisance to your daily life and routine, there are health risks and it can also be very dangerous.
  2. What’s at Risk? Often times the damage is caused when a problem goes without being noticed right away. Time is of the essence when you are dealing with water damage, and the key is to act fast! Not only can the water ruin your carpets, ceiling, and furniture, but it can also destroy precious family possessions, important documents, and irreplaceable, personal items.
  3. You may need to vacate your home during the repairs, and the disruption of your normal routine could really have a huge impact on your way of life. Having to stay in a hotel or at a friend’s home isn’t the way you want to spend your week, or sometimes, weeks.
  4. Moving quickly increases the chance that your belongings can be saved or restored.

Common Water Damage Causes

Water damage can take many different forms and show up in your home or business in a number of different ways. If you suspect that you might have water damage, it’s important to know what the common causes are so that you know how to prevent minor water damage from turning into a huge problem.

Some common cause are:

  • A leaky roof from a passing rainstorm or melted snow from a snowstorm
  • A broken pipe from your garbage disposal
  • Condensation around your air conditioner

How Quickly Should I Address Water Damage?

Even if the issue is handled swiftly, water damage has been known to wreak havoc even months down the road. Often times the leak isn’t noticeable and may be behind (link to pipe section here) a wall or in the ceiling.

The longer a leak goes unnoticed, the more money it can cost you to get fixed. Moving quickly also increases the chance that your personal belongings can be saved or restored.

Are There Health Concerns?

Not only is important to start the process as quickly as possible for your tangible items, but it is also for the things you can’t see right away. Damage inside your walls or ceiling can absolutely affect your health (like to mold section here) and is something that has serious repercussions. With standing water and wet items comes mold.

Moisture is the perfect breeding grounds for organisms and bacteria to grow and possibly infect those in or around the affected area.

One thing people don’t realize when they have flood damage, is that the air quality in their home or business can be a huge issue. With stagnant air and constant humidity, some serious, long-tern health issues can come about. Keeping you and your loved ones safe is certainly a top priority.

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