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What To Do When Flood Water Damage Happens

What kind of flood water damage can a homeowner experience?  For homeowners, one of the worst catastrophic events is a flood.  Let’s review what can happen in the first hours and days after the disaster has occurred.

When the event first takes place, water spreads quickly throughout the home wreaking havoc wherever it goes.  Carpets are stained, and furniture and appliances are damaged.  The next day, if the liquid is not removed, wood furnishings will swell and begin to deteriorate.  Bacteria will begin to develop as the water stagnates.  Metal surfaces will begin to rust, and odors of deterioration will increase.  As time passes without treatment, mold and mildew will grow.  Drywall will disintegrate, and all other elements will continue to erode, causing many health and safety concerns for the inhabitants.  Taking action right away can prevent some if not most of these issues.

Why is it important to hire a certified technician from the beginning?  A certified technician will be able to dehumidify, clean and dry out the area thoroughly.  The experts have knowledge regarding the use of proper restoration techniques and equipment.  These individuals can also help with insurance claims and any may have answers to some of the questions the homeowner may have.  In addition, a professional will know how to prevent future mold growth and eliminate the potentially hazardous bacteria in the flood water. Damage to any area needs to be assessed promptly.

Dealing with a catastrophic event can be very stressful.  Always make sure to contact a reputable technician that can help alleviate some of this stress by understanding what needs to be taken care of right away, and the proper steps required to complete the task.

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