Water damage can be deceptive. Water penetrates into structural cavities creating trapped pockets of saturation. The detection of water in these areas can often only be discovered with sophisticated moisture detection meters. Undetected moisture will continue to cause damage. This damage, at a minimum, will cause odors. Greater damage will surface when materials delaminate, shrink, split and further deteriorate to where costly repairs are required.
More than just removing excess water, DriMaxx’s certified restorers have the knowledge and equipment to further dry a home or facility (including substructure materials) completely back to pre-loss conditions. Through timely response and the careful monitoring of water damage, mold and other health issues can be prevented. If water damage has been present too long, mold will occur.
DriMaxx professionals have the training and experience to identify moisture sources, evaluate mold growth (visible or suspected), contain damage, remove contamination, and dry materials to ensure that mold will not return.
When a flood or other incident has caused damage to your property, it can be devastating. The loss of items, some of which may be personal or irreplaceable, is bad enough. When you begin to calculate the costs of cleanup and restoration, things can get overwhelming. DriMaxx has plenty of experience in helping the customer in all steps of water damage restoration, including processing the paperwork involved with your water damage insurance claim.
Unfortunately, flooding and water damage is not an uncommon occurrence. Any source of uncontrolled water can potentially cause serious damage. The small drip of the kitchen or bathroom faucet that never overflowed the basin could one day result in a pool in the same room or even entire house if certain conditions are present. Flood water has been traditionally placed into two categories, black and gray water. Black water is from outside water, such as streams and raw sewage. Gray water will come from within your unit and includes that from the toilet, dishwater, and sinks.
Signs of Water Damage
Although visible water in a building is the most obvious sign of flood damage, there are many other indicators of water damage. Cracked foundations, rusted pipes, electrical shorts, mosquitoes, and peeling wood surfaces are potential signs of water damage. Mold or algae formation, a substantial increase in humidity, dampness, or stains in walls or ceilings are more definite signs that your property is suffering the effects of water damage.
If you suspect that your property might be enduring water damage, time is of the essence as water and moisture that is left too long will cause mold to form. This can lead to serious health issues as well> as more costs involved with cleaning up and killing the mold spores. Depending on the source of the flood water, there may be other risks to health and property.
Sources of Water Damage and their Potential Risks
A busted pipe or faucet that was not turned off during a trip away from home will lead to the pools of relatively clean water. When this is the case, it is simply a matter of cleaning up in a thorough and timely manner before mold begins to set in. However, if the source of the water is from the outside, such as a storm that brings in water from nearby rivers or similar reservoirs, further contamination could be a problem. The risk of illness from being exposed to pathogens from bacteria from the ground, animal wastes, and rodents from rainwater renders the cleanup job even more serious. Furthermore, there are man-made chemicals that could seep into your property, such as fertilizers, oils, and pesticides, which could both cause damage and short and long term health problems.
Cautions to take after experiencing Water Damage
Regardless of the source of water damage and flood, DriMaxx wants to remind you to take caution when entering a property that has been affected. A call to a professional may be the first step to take before even returning to the affected commercial or residential building, depending on how extensive the damage is. After a storm, watch for downed power lines around the structure and shut-off power to the building you are ready to inspect. If there is a possibility of any person or animal inside the structure, try to either get them out yourself or call emergency personnel for assistance. Yours and everyone’s safety is the most important issue.
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