The Urgency of Water Damage in Your Home
If you are like a lot of people, when something major and stressful happens, it can be almost paralyzing. However, in circumstances like standing water in your home, it is vitally important to get the drying process started as quickly as possible. The sooner you get a restoration company, like Clean Masters, into your Summerville home, the better. As soon as the drying process starts, the likelihood of mold growth decreases, and the damage can no longer get worse.
Here are some things you should know about standing water inside a home or building:
- Water can seep deep into wall cavities and create pockets of saturation, breaking down the integrity of the wall.
- If wall cavities are not properly dried, that water will continue to do damage. It is relatively easy to dry visible areas of a home or office, but it is a little more difficult to get into nooks and crannies and ensure the places you cannot see are dry. This is where hiring a professional water damage crew comes in handy – they have special tools to measure moisture in hidden places so you can rest assured everything is dry when the job is done.
- If the water problem itself is coming from within a wall or another hidden space, there is a possibility the problem existed before you knew about it. Therefore, just because the source of the leak or damage is repaired doesn’t mean there hasn’t been water sitting in and around that area for some time. Again, special tools like moisture meters and thermal imaging cameras come in very handy for situations like this.
- Mold can grow in as little as 24-48 hours if water is left to sit. If the water is not properly removed and the space dried, it just becomes a breeding ground for mold. From there, mold spores can travel throughout the home in the air and duct systems, just exacerbating the problem.
BUT … there is good news to all of this, so please don’t be overwhelmed. The damage, whatever it is, is repairable! The top notch crews at Clean Masters know how to not only find the source of the water or leak but also how to fix the leak and whatever damage was done. PLUS, if there’s mold, we’ll properly remove that too.
Like we talked about a little bit above, restorers use some special tools to detect where water damage might be in your home or business, before doing demolition on any walls, whenever possible. The main tool for this is a thermal imaging/infrared camera. While it won’t tell the technician in your home that there is specifically moisture hiding behind that wall in your bathroom, it will indicate a temperature difference that could mean there is water back there.
Bottom Line: if you see a water leak somewhere in your home, don’t wait and hope the problem will go away. It’s better to address it in a timely fashion than run the risk of more damage being done.