Flood and water damage represent more than just ‘the drenching’ of a few valuables in your home or property. The real ‘evil’ lies in what we don’t see, at first! This ‘evil’ has a name, ’secondary water damage’! Secondary water damage goes ‘hand in hand’ with infestation of potentially pathogenic microbes like mold, mildew and bacteria.
Typically, if your home is not dried out and ventilated properly within approximately 24 hours of a flood, secondary water damage may start to develop and will ultimately introduce mold ‘to the party!’ Mold is one of the top hazards encountered during flood and water damage restoration. Therefore, it is extremely important to note that areas that have been wet for more than 48 hours will start sprouting mold!
The harsh reality?
If flood and water damage is not expertly mitigated and ultimately resolved as quickly as possible, excess moisture WILL serve as a definite catalyst for a mold infestation, which is subsequently detrimental to the health of you and your loved ones. A mold infestations is also a precursor to structural damage of your home or property.
Why you need Professional Flood & Water Damage Restoration vs DIY
Contrary to popular belief, flood and water damage restoration can be very difficult work well beyond the scope of many home and property owners. There are certain intricacies that professionals employ to make appropriate ‘judgement calls’ about the most suitable restoration technique for the specific task at hand. One such intricacy has to do with the source of the water caused the damage.
- Was it clean water from a busted pipe or a torrential downpour?
- Did the water stem from a sewage backup?
According to the IICRC, there are 3 categories of water that cause damage in buildings. Each category is defined by the level of contamination.
Simply put, without the proper expertise and equipment to detect water damage and remove items affected by it, it is possible to make the damage to your home worse. It is therefore advisable to leave flood restoration to a professional.
The unfortunate reality about flood and water damage is that it is likely to result in extensive and costly repairs. The awareness of your potential financial burden, in combination with a feeling of helplessness (as you can all but watch the water destroy your valuable possessions) can be extremely overwhelming. It is therefore not be too far-fetched to say that the manpower, expertise, water-removal pumps, humidity control units and dryer fan machines of a flood/water damage restoration professional will be all too welcome.
Water damage restoration can cost anywhere from a few hundred dollars to several thousand dollars depending on the extent of the damage to your home. Depending on your homeowners’ insurance coverage however, it is possible that your insurance company may cover most, if not all, of the costs to clean, repair and restore your home after a flood.
In order to avoid possible rejection of insurance claims, it might behoove you to have a restoration professional work closely with your insurance company to restore your home or property back to pre-damage condition.
Flood and water damage restoration is not the task for you to try out your latest ‘Do-It-Yourself’ (DIY) technique because it can result in personal injury and also exacerbate the damage to your home. It would be so much safer and easier to contact a professional restoration company.
The Bottom Line
There are both advantages and disadvantages to water damage restoration services. However, when it comes to the many ways in which these services can restore your home after a flood however, the benefits far outweigh the detriments.
At Triangle Legacy, we provide professional Flood & Water damage restoration services to both residential and commercial clients alike. As an added bonus, we also provide Fire & Smoke Restoration as well as Mold Remediation & Removal Services.
With integrity, reliability, professionalism, expertise & passion as our trademark, our primary goal is to ensure that you are 100% satisfied!
For a free consultation & estimate relative to all your flood/water damage restoration needs, please contact us at (301) 523-9419 or Toll Free at 1-800-830-3324.
We currently serve the Washington D.C Metropolitan Area.
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IICRC Water Categories: http://www.iicrc.org/registrants/industry-perspective/