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Water, Flood and Fire Damage Facts



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  • Laminated carpet is made using a wet process and will de-laminate when exposed to water.
  • Upholstery buttons are often made of steel and will cause rust stains on fabric if they get wet.
  • Water will wick up (capillary action) into wooden furniture legs from wet floors or carpet and the legs will often split.
  • A mere ½ inch of water on the floor can wick 2 feet up on the back side of the wall.
  • Cellulose insulation (made from newspaper) will compact if it gets wet which causes it to lose much of its insulating ability.
  • Mold is more common today that it was 50 years ago due to changes in construction and construction materials. Buildings are more airtight which can trap moisture. Today’s building materials are a better nutrient source for mold growth.
  • 50% of homes contain problem molds.
  • 30 – 50% of all structures have damp conditions that may encourage the development of mold.
  • Just a little mold can affect health. Molds produce and release spores and mycotoxins that can enter the body through the skin and respiratory tract.
  • Keeping humidity levels between 40% and 60% can help control mold growth.
  • There are on average, 1,634,150 fires annually in the United States.
  • Smoke is the collection of airborne solid and liquid particulates and gasses that are emitted when a material undergoes combustion’s or pyrolysis.
  • Smoke can be acidic and cause damage to electronics.
  • Fire damaged items may be cleaned and treated for odor control.
  • Fire and smoke damage causes more than $11,634,800,000 in direct dollar loss each year in the United States.

For more information on dealing with water and fire damage in Hudson then please call 978-567-1072 or complete our online request form.

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