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There are tons of articles on the internet about water damage restoration, and how to ‘do it yourself.’ The problem is, not all information you find online is trustworthy, or even correct. Since water damage often happens when you least expect it, you are often caught off guard. IT is hard to know how to respond in a situation like that, especially with all the misleading information out there. When it comes to water damage, here are 3 common myths that you do not want to fall victim to, or the damage could actually become worse.
Time is key when dealing with water damage restoration and mitigating further damages. In fact, the longer water sits, the worse the damage gets. The window to respond is very small, as in less than 24 hours. Within 24 hours following water damage, you can start to see mold growth which is a whole new set of problems. The longer materials in your home are exposed to water, the more saturated they become which means the odds of salvaging them are greatly decreased. The best way to minimize losses, mitigate damages, and prevent the risk of mold is to respond immediately to water damage. Now, we understand that this can prove difficult since we all have busy lives and water damage never happens during a time that is ‘convenient,’ but that is why our water damage emergency cleanup services in Indianapolis. We can respond quickly and efficiently so you can go about your life while we get your home taken care of. Don’t waste any time when it comes to water damage and call the water damage cleanup Total Restoration right away.
As explained above, mold can begin to grow in as little as 24 hours following water damage. Since mold is a type of fungus, it gives off a very strong and musty odor. That smell will not just linger around the area that sustained the damage but will eventually travel throughout the entire home. This is not a problem that time will fix (the saying ‘time heals all things’ does not apply to mold). Water extraction, drying, dehumidification, sanitization, and other necessary steps are the only way to completely solve mold growth and spread, and the smell that lingers with it. Also, saturated materials like couches, carpets, floors, drywall, and any other items in your home that have been exposed to water, will hold on to those musty smells unless treated properly. The only way to guarantee your home is properly restored and smelling fresh following water damage is to have a cleanup crew go through each of the steps to ensure there is no moisture left behind.
The scary thing about water damage is you cannot always see that it is there. Water can hide behind walls, in carpet, under floors, in ceilings, and really anywhere in your home. These materials are all porous, so not only will they hide water, they will absorb it. Even when it appears to be dried, the moisture that could be hidden in your home will still cause serious damage. Over time, materials soaked with water will begin warping, swelling, bowing, bending, and deteriorating. Just because you cannot see it, does not mean that water and moisture is not there. This is why it is so important to not let water dry on its own, because it will not end up drying but instead end up being absorbed. The trained water damage cleanup technicians at Total Restoration know how to find and resolve hidden moisture and trapped water, and with the use of the best equipment in the industry can ensure your home is thoroughly dried and safe from any further damages.