Weather predictions are hard to make, and even when successfully predicted, weather can create dire situations in the blink of an eye. Severe weather and floods can cause irreversible water damage to your home, even when the best preparations are in place.
When weather conditions compromise the exterior of your home and water gets inside, quick action is necessary, not only to protect what can be spared but also to minimize damage. Knowing whom to call in the event of flooding is an essential first step. Flood and water damage restoration companies come to your home, assess the damage, and begin removing and clearing the water.
Once standing water is removed, moist areas that can be salvaged need to be dried so that mold and mildew do not begin to form. Proper drying of areas could take a few days; just because the surface may look or feel dry, that doesn’t mean underlying surfaces are not still wet. Leaving these areas wet leads to mold growth. Once mold begins to grow and spread, additional damage can be done to your home.
Once the damp areas have been properly dried, the restoration crew will assess the condition of your home. This will include inspecting areas that were directly impacted with standing water or other water damage, as well as surrounding areas. Whatever can be salvaged will remain intact, and that which is too damaged will be removed. Removing the water-damaged surfaces and materials helps eliminate the possibility of mold growing and then spreading to the dry surfaces, and it helps ensure that your home remains structurally sound. Without this step, whatever areas were salvageable could become infested with mold and eventually destroyed as well.
No one can accurately predict everything Mother Nature will throw their way. During a flood, you and your family may be forced to leave your home as quickly as possible, and then return confused, scared, and not sure what to do. Trusting a flood and water damage restoration company to quickly and thoroughly asses and deal with the situation will help calm your fears and nerves, so you can focus on what is important during a time of disaster.