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Emergency water damage brings a lot more than just water into your home. If you have experienced water damage in your home in Dallas, here are 4 other problems you may also be faced with in addition to all that water.
Floodwater should always be treated like it is contaminated (more often than not, it is). Water from outside sources (rivers, streams, septic lines) poses very harmful dangers to your health. Bio-hazards and grossly contaminated water can cause serious health symptoms on contact or if ingested. Water flooded into your home may have come into contact with household chemicals; which also adds to the contamination level of floodwater.
Within 24-48 hours following any type of water damage, mold growth begins. As long as moisture is present, mold growth will continue to spread. Because mold reproduces through microscopic pores, it can spread through the air to other areas of the home, not just the area that was flooded. Mold in the air causes a lot of respiratory symptoms, such as: coughing, sneezing, watery eyes, itchy throat, headaches, and dizziness. Lingering water damage and inadequate drying will greatly contribute to mold growth, and without a quick response and proper emergency water removal equipment, you leave your home at major risk for mold growth.
As soon as flooding is discovered, all power to the affected area should be turned off. Water and electricity do not mix. Water damage can cause blown circuits, damaged electrical appliances, and even fires and electrocution. Any wiring, outlets, or appliances that have been exposed to floodwaters need to be treated as hazardous and should not be turned back on.
Flood damage that has not been quickly or properly cleaned up will weaken your home’s structural stability. Walls, floors, ceilings, and even the very foundation of your home are all affected by water damage. These structural components are made out of materials that are porous, so when water damage occurs they absorb the excess moisture – causing swelling, warping, and deterioration over time. The biggest risk with structural damage is that most of it goes unseen until the problem is so severe that it cannot be ignored. You cannot see hidden moisture behind walls, under floorboards, in the foundation or the ceiling until they have become so saturated that they begin to swell, warp, bend, crack, and deteriorate.
Overwhelmed yet? Don’t worry, that is what we are here for. With more than 35 years of experience in the restoration industry, Stanley Restoration has assisted thousands of homeowners with emergency water removal and restoration. We understand that when it comes to water damage, a thorough job is critical to successfully restoring your home and its contents. We use the best equipment in the industry to ensure that moisture does not remain trapped within your home. Sudden and accidental water damage is the most common restoration emergency that homeowners face. Do not face it alone – let the professionals at Stanley Restoration in Dallastake care of you and your emergency water removal needs.