The water damage cleanup process is rarely completely smooth sailing. More often than not, different complications present themselves during the process that were previously unknown. Rather than be surprised by these complications, it’s better to be prepared for them if they do arise.
Our water damage cleanup technicians at Restoration 1 of McDonough encounter these complications each day. Here are four of the most common:
Mold doesn’t take long to begin growing after a flood. In fact, it only takes about 24-48 hours for mold to begin growing after a water damage event. Because of this, you can also have a serious mold damage problem to deal with during the water damage cleanup process. This is especially likely if the restoration process was not begun immediately and the water was allowed to sit and fester for a time. Even with a timely water damage response, it is still possible that you will have a mold problem on your hands if there is enough water in the home.
While mold brings with it possible health concerns, there are also other, more toxic health risks that accompany water damage. One of which is when toxic, black water floods into your home. Black water is hazardous groundwater or sewer water. It can carry toxic bacteria or diseases with it. You should never allow yourself to come into contact with black water in any circumstances. Other water damage hazards that you should be aware of include electrical shock, debris in the water, and structural damage.
Drywall is an important part of the internal structure of your home. If it gets soaked from flood water, minor damage such as staining the paint finish to serious damage like decay or bulging in the wall board can occur. Since the drywall is behind your wall, you may not notice that it has been damaged at first. If it has been affected by the water damage, you may need to tear it out and replace it with completely new drywall, and the sooner you do it, the better.
Last of all, pest infestations are an unfortunate and extremely common consequence of water damage. Many common pests like rats, termites, cockroaches, earwigs, and others are attracted to water. Along with being just plain gross, these pests can lead to a number of health problems for you or structural damage in your home. Health problems can stem from diseases carried by these pests. Structural damage can result from the work of termites or other insects that have the ability to gradually eat away at the structure of your home Your best bet for preventing an pest infestation after a flood is to simply begin the water damage cleanup process as soon as possible so there is less time that standing water sits in your home.
As you can see, there is a lot that can go wrong during the water damage restoration process. It’s better to expect these problems and plan for delays than be surprised should they occur. Finally, for all your water damage cleanup needs, call us at Restoration 1 of McDonough in Stockbridge for our restoration services.
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Absolutely outstanding experience with this company. The work is 100% excellent. The owner and employees were professional, courteous, helped with reassurance that our house could be restored. I would recommend this company to anyone requiring such services.
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