Have you started thinking about water damage restoration?
The rain has officially returned to Georgia. While we welcome the end of the drought and the beginning of subdued wildfires, the Metro-Atlanta area is notorious for flash flooding. If your area is prone to flooding, it’s time to consider water damage restoration measures.
Believe it or not, damage is not limited to the damage caused by the water itself. Contamination should also be considered when you find yourself dealing with flooding.
Water damage is categorized as one of three levels by how polluted the water source was that caused the damage.
Category 1: Water from a clean water source, like a fresh water line for a dishwasher. This water will not cause illness or any ill effects.
Category 2: Water that may cause illness through contact. It may contain bacteria.
Category 3: Water that is highly contaminated. Contact can cause severe illness or death. Think sewage backup, an overflowing toilet, or storm waters.
Even though water may start out as Category 1, that doesn’t mean it will stay that way. Any contamination that the water touches, such as dirty carpeting or soil from the ground, can the change water damage to a Category 2 or even Category 3. In addition, since standing water breeds bacteria, the longer the water is around, the worse your property’s contamination.
More contamination can mean that a restoration team must use more aggressive measures to clean your structure and property. It might mean that soft furnishings like your carpet and padding may have to be discarded for your health and safety.
Water damage, especially over a long term, can be hazardous and expensive, so preventing it is an important part of home maintenance. But if you know the basics of what to do once it happens, you can prevent it from doing its worst.
When your property has been, water damaged, you don’t have the luxury of waiting around for a convenient time to start the cleanup. Secondary damage from mold growth can present serious health risks associated with mold in the living environment.
Mold spores are everywhere, but they need moisture and a nutrient source to grow that is exactly what your wet carpet or drywall offers.
There is a 24 to 48-hour window from the time something gets wet until mold can begin to grow,. after that time mold, will multiply rapidly. When mold growth is widespread, you may need the services of a professional disaster restoration team for your mold remediation service. Trained mold remediation experts can safely treat and remove the mold.
To prevent mold growth, you will need to get your property completely dry again within that 48-hour window. To do this, you’ll need a company that specializes in water damage restoration and emergency water extraction. Disaster restoration experts will have the professional water removal and drying equipment to get the job done as quickly as possible, greatly decreasing reconstruction costs.
If your property has fallen victim to water damage, call the experts at Reliable Restoration. We are equipped to handle any disaster recovery, restoration and reconstruction project, large or small. Reliable Restoration is available 24/7/365 for your needs and as always, remember with us your family, is our family.