When not done properly, water damage repair can have negative, lingering effects on your home. In fact, if you have ever experienced water damage in your Santa Clarita home and not had it repaired by professionals, you probably still have damage that you are unaware of. Water damage repair is more than just drying up water. Still not convinced? Here are four reasons why you should not overlook water damage and be sure that you call the professionals for water damage restoration needs.
If the source of the water is unknown, or if the water has been sitting for an extended amount of time, many harmful contaminants could be lurking in the water. Water from outside sources (rivers, streams, septic lines) pose very harmful dangers to your health. Biohazards and grossly contaminated water can cause serious health symptoms on contact or if ingested. Water flooded into your home may have come into contact with household chemicals; which also adds to the dangers of the water. To keep yourself and your family safe and protected, let trained professionals with the correct protective equipment and cleaning techniques handle water damage cleanup in your home.
In as little as 48 hours following any type of water damage, mold growth begins. As long as moisture is present, mold growth will continue to develop and spread. Because mold reproduces through microscopic pores, it can spread through the air to other areas of the home. Mold spores in the air can cause a lot of respiratory symptoms, such as coughing, sneezing, watery eyes, itchy throat, headaches, and dizziness. Mold can have more serious effects on those who have allergies, asthma, respiratory diseases, or weakened immune systems. Lingering water damage and inadequate drying will greatly contribute to mold growth, and without a quick response and proper water damage cleanup equipment, you leave your home at major risk for mold growth. Professional water damage repair and restoration technicians not only have the proper equipment to thoroughly and completely dry the area, but many also provide 24-hour water damage response so that the risks of mold growth can be greatly reduced.
As soon as water damage is discovered, all power to the affected area should be turned off. Water easily damages wiring throughout your home, and water and electricity do not mix. Water damage can cause blown circuits, damaged electrical appliances, and even fires and electrocution. Professional water damage repair and restoration companies know the dangers and risks associated with water damage and electrical problems and have the training and experience to handle the problem safely.
Water damage that has not been properly cleaned up, or has been allowed to sit for extended amounts of time will weaken your home’s structural stability. Walls, floors, ceilings, and even the very foundation of your home are all affected by water damage. These structural components are made out of materials that are porous, so when water damage occurs they absorb the water. This causes swelling, warping, and deterioration over time. The biggest risk with structural damage is that most of it is left unseen until the problem is so severe, it becomes dangerous. You cannot see hidden moisture behind walls, under floorboards, in the foundation or the ceiling. Without the proper equipment and drying techniques, the moisture trapped in these areas will cause structural deterioration. Professional repair and restoration companies will be able to ensure adequate, thorough moisture removal from all structures in the area, and will be able to rebuild and replace any damaged materials to ensure the structure of your home is not compromised.
At American Craftsman, these professionals know how important thorough and fast water damage restoration is to ensure the best results for your home. For all your water damage repair needs, big or small, let American Craftsman take care of you.