Water damage is the result of water entering an area through a leaky roof, broken pipes, clogged sinks, overflowing gutters, or other water pipes that may be clogged by debris. When this happens, there will be a high risk of mold or mildew developing in the area. Water damage also refers to different potential losses brought about by water penetrating an area where it will allow entry of an organism or micro-organisms, such as rotting of wooden materials, mold proliferation, corrosion of metal, swelling of materials like plywood, et al. It also refers to a wide range of damage caused by water undermining the integrity of building materials such as insulation, drywall, masonry, and painting. It also includes the gradual damage of structural framing due to moisture movement from the damaged area. Water damage restoration can be a complex, lengthy, expensive, and difficult process, especially if the damage is ongoing.
In most cases, when the damage is not so extensive, it can often be treated using household chemicals or natural cleaning products. Unfortunately, the longer this is left untreated, the more difficult it will be to completely clean up and restore. It’s important to remember that when water damage restoration is attempted without the expertise of professionals, it is highly likely to result in a catastrophic failure of the project. This is because many types of water damage restoration require the expertise of professionals. There are numerous reasons for this:
* Water Damage Restoration and Mold Prevention There are many benefits to hiring professionals to carry out water removal and remediation tasks, including the prevention of mold build-up after cleanup, the protection of personal health, the avoidance of further environmental damage, the avoidance of further structural damage, and the avoidance of costly legal issues. The following are just a few benefits of water mitigation and water extraction services: * Water mitigation experts can help in the identification and repair of mildew and mold; they also help remove dangerous tree roots and other potentially invasive plants; they can help dry out damaged areas so that the foundation will not weaken further from the excessive water removal and/or water extraction processes; and they can perform other necessary tasks that will prevent future problems. * Water mitigation companies can perform the necessary preventative maintenance tasks that will help to keep mold from returning. These services include regular roof inspections of all gutters and downspouts. * Water mitigation companies can also perform the necessary drying procedures that will prevent further damage to the surrounding structures.
It is also essential that a homeowner is aware of the dangers of working with non-skilled professionals who do not have the experience and expertise needed to correctly repair or even clean the structure. Professionals who perform these services have had extensive training and experience in the field, which enables them to properly protect the surrounding areas and prevent further damage to the home as well as to the individuals inside the building. Water damage technicians should also have the proper equipment and tools to safely perform all of the tasks necessary for mold removal or remediation. All of these things should be on the business cards of any company that offers water damage restoration services.
The most common sign to reveal the presence of a problem that could lead to the formation of mold is visible dampness. Dampness is often caused by condensation or water leaking onto the surface of the structure. If this is the case and the moisture levels are not controlled, then it is a good indication that more serious issues may be at work. It is important for water restoration companies to check all visible surfaces of the area for signs of water seepage, including around insulation and plumbing fixtures, and all walls and ceiling tiles. If there is visible moisture, it is recommended that the structure be inspected for structural failure.
If a homeowner is unsure about what caused their home to become damaged or smell musty, they should consult a professional restoration service. Some common causes of structural damage are: bad weather; faulty building materials; water damage; and sub-floor damage resulting from sewage or septic issues. A professional restoration company can evaluate and document the damage that has been done, which allows it to be included in the homeowner’s warranty policy. Water damage remediation companies will be able to provide advice about the best way to fix problems with visible water stains, and can help to make necessary repairs.