The Aftermath of Serious Water Damage

One of the biggest problems when it comes to water damage is that the worst problems are often hard to detect. If your home floods after a major storm or a burst pipe, it is obvious and you generally take care of it right away. Often, however, water damage is a result of something a lot less noticeable. When you have a slow leak inside the walls or water creeping into a hidden corner of a basement, you might be facing some serious problems before you even know it’s there.

Another reason that you may face more damage than you expect is if you hire a contractor who doesn’t specialize in water damage restoration. Many contractors are excellent when it comes to some services, but not so great with others. If the company that you choose isn’t used to dealing with water damage, then they might miss subtle signs of hidden problems. You may soon find yourself facing mold remediation or other residual issues. When you choose experts like our team at RestorePro Inc, you know that you are getting highly trained professionals who will make sure you water damage restoration project is done right the first time.

There is more to dealing with water damage than just removing the visible water. Homeowners often clean up the water and expect that to be the end of it. Materials like wood flooring, carpeting, and drywall can trap moisture, leading to expensive problems later on. An improper clean up can lead to many issues, including:

  • Mildew
  • Lingering Odors
  • Rotting Wood
  • Sagging Walls
  • Risk of Ceiling Collapse
  • Weakened Supports
  • Mold

All of these can cause serious problems for a homeowner, but mold is probably the most frightening.

There are many types of mold that are relatively harmless. They can cause problems for people with asthma, allergies, and other underlying conditions, but are unlikely to lead to serious health concerns. Some types, though, can be very dangerous, even for otherwise healthy people. Common symptoms include difficulty sleeping, irritability, confusion, and respiratory problems such as coughing.

Most people can’t tell the difference between safe and dangerous molds. Even experts generally send samples to the lab for testing to determine the type of mold present when necessary. If you discover mold in your home, it is possible to handle a very small affected area yourself. However, if you have any doubts or the area covered is large, you should call in professional help.

Have you had water damage in your home in the past? Is the history of your house unknown? Does anyone in your family have respiratory symptoms or unexplained medical issues?  Environmental testing can determine if there are mold spores present. Your local health department can direct you to resources in your area.

If you experience water damage in your home, call the experts at RestorePro Inc. Our highly trained team has been serving home and business owners here in New England since 1997. We specialize in water damage restoration, fire damage restoration, and mold remediation. If you need property restoration services, call us at 1-800-847-0114 and find out why we have such an excellent reputation in the community.