Time is of the essence when it comes to water damage
Time Is Not On Your Side.
The number one rule when dealing with water damage; The longer is stays the more it costs. Most rooms can be dried easily however provided that the source of the leak is stopped and the air is circulating. It is usually a good idea to use air movers and dehumidifiers to speed up the process. When the water stays longer than a few days, in most cases, the remediation processes will be much more intensive and expensive. These remedies can include;
- Water extraction.
- Drilling holes in the drywall or the bottom 2 feet when the drywall is saturated beyond repair.
- Removal of baseboards.
- Removal of carpet and underlayment.
- Removal of wood flooring.
- Mold remediation.
All of the above mentioned mitigation techniques are costly and most require replacement of the affected areas. Your best bet is to act quickly and start drying out the area as soon as possible.
Anti-Microbial Agents Are Your Friend.
It’s always a good idea to spray a good anti-microbial agent on the affected area or to ensure that your mitigation company does. This simple chemical can prevent the growth of mold under most circumstances. Mold loves water and humidity. The chance of mold developing increases the longer the water sits in the affected area. Anti-microbial agents are quite inexpensive and can usually be purchased at your local hardware store. ALWAYS ask a flooring expert, based on your type of flooring, before spraying chemicals onto your floors.
Prevention Is Key.
The most important tips for any type of water damage situation is to mitigate and protect your property as soon as possible. Damage restoration is a very expensive process so anything you can do to prevent damage will save you money. When dealing with insurance policies, it is also a stipulation in almost every homeowner and commercial policy that you must protect your property from further damage. If you are worried about coverage, don’t let that keep you from stopping the source of the water. Even if your damage is not covered, the damage and the leak will need to be fixed. Remember to save your receipts just in case.
Ask An Expert.
When in doubt, don’t be afraid to contact a local water damage mitigation company for helpful tips. The good ones will want to earn your business and should be more than happy to give you some useful information.