Water damage, quite honestly, is the thing of nightmares! It’s a silent killer, if you will. It quietly destroys while we go about our day-to-day business. Thankfully, we have access to water damage restoration teams, like those at Challis Restoration Services in the Cedar Rapids area.
When water damage becomes prevalent, take action immediately! A few signs of damage can be:
The key to preventing extensive water damage is to act fast! Timing is everything. The longer you wait, the deeper the water sinks! Always contact an emergency profession immediately. It’s not as simple as mopping up the water and setting out some fans. It’s easy to clean up the surface, but what lies beneath is where special treatment is needed QUICKLY. It may seem like the easier option to do it yourself, but in the long run, it will make things much more difficult to handle structurally, and financially.
Mold is not always bad! However in the case of water damage, mold is NOT your friend. Mold growth begins when spores from another source of mold attach to a habitable environment. This habitable environment is most likely a moist one. Any form of water damage invites mold to move on in and make itself comfortable.
Because mold feeds off the materials that house it, it can weaken the structural integrity of the building. This creates quite the safety hazard, as the structure now has the potential to collapse.
Human and animal respiratory systems are not a fan of mold. Mold in the structure releases spores that float around until they find something moist to attach to. As we breathe spores in, they may attach to our interiors. This can cause headaches, coughing, and other respiratory problems.
If you see any signs of mold, ACT IMMEDIATELY. Call a restoration specialist. This problem tends to spread quickly and cause thousands of dollars in damage, as well as long-term health problems.
Frequently examine areas of the home where water is regularly used. This can include the refrigerator water line, dishwasher, under kitchen and bathroom sinks, washing machine hoses, and around faucets, to name a few. Look for the signs of damage listed at the beginning of the blog post. If you notice any of those above-mentioned signs, call a professional! The quicker you call a professional, and the quicker water mitigation treatments are applied, the less damage, stress, and financial burden you have to endure. It’s better to be safe than sorry!
Schedule a time once a week to quickly look over areas of the home, inside and out, that could ever possibly suffer from water damage. Yes, this includes roof and gutters (although, maybe not once a week).
Whatever the case, count yourself lucky to have water restoration specialists, like those at Challis Restoration Services in the Cedar Rapids area, ready to dive in and save the day!