Water Damage Clean Up - Why Is a Fast Response So Important?
Author:David A. Selter
When it comes to handling and repairing water damage to your home or business, the experts agree that the first 24 to 48 hours are critical for the prevention of permanent damage to structures and to impede the growth of toxic microbials such as mold and bacteria. In one recent study, wet drywall that was left untreated for 48 hours had already shown clear evidence of microbial growth.
The speed with which water can damage your home or business is precisely why you need a restoration and cleanup contractor who will get a crew on the scene quickly, assess the extent of the damage, and begin the all important first step of remediation, which is to remove as much of the water as possible. Water removal may include water extraction, and/or removing and discarding wet building materials such as carpet and carpet pad, sheet rock, drywall and insulation. Once the water has been removed from the affected areas, drying equipment, including high efficiency dehumidifiers and commercial air movers, can begin pulling the remaining moisture from the structure and the air. The sooner all this is done, the less likely it is that permanent damage will occur, and the less need there will be for additional repair.
The water damage restoration contractor should be prepared to take moisture readings in all affected areas of the structure, throughout the drying process, to ensure that everything is thoroughly dry before they begin any repairs. It is important that the moisture levels are also monitored in hidden areas, such as wall cavities and behind cabinets and other structures, to ensure that there is no remaining moisture in the area that could promote microbial growth.
To summarize, the success of water damage remediation is greatly affected by how quickly it is begun. An experienced and well-equipped restoration company whose phones are answered day and night by their own personnel, not an answering service, and who can have a truck in route to you immediately to begin the clean up, will make your life a lot easier.
When it comes to water damage restoration, time is of the essence.
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David A. Selter is the President of DRYMORE Company in Houston, Texas, with decades of experience in emergency water damage services in the Gulf Coast area, including water removal and drying structures damaged by tropical storms, broken water pipes, and local flooding rains. We have dried and restored everything from a partially wet room in a home, to entire department stores, hotels and other large commercial properties. For immediate water damage repair, water extraction / water removal, contact DRYMORE at 281-930-0100 or visit http://www.drymore.com. Winns Pro Carpet Cleaning HomeWinns Pro Carpet Cleaning Service AreasCarpet Cleaning in Glenwood Springs 81601Carpet Cleaning in Aspen 81611