3 Reasons You Want To Hire A Water Restoration Company
Any time you have a flood or water where it is not supposed to be, you are at risk of far greater damage to your home than just some water stains. Standing water can create mold, mildew and a number of other health hazards. While water damage restoration is not particularly difficult, it is laborious and time-consuming and if you don’t get it right, it can cost you several thousands of dollars – to even hundreds of thousands of dollars – in the long run. Here are 3 reasons you want to hire a professional water restoration company when you’ve had water damage.
1. Avoid mold and mildew in carpets
Millions of people have severe allergies to mold and mildew and some mold. Carpet padding is particularly susceptible to mold and mildew growth because it is beneath the carpet where you can’t see it or even feel that it is wet. Mold and mildew only need a minimal amount of moisture to grow and once it starts spreading, it can creep into drywall, baseboards and even the support beams holding your house together.
2. Professional water restoration companies can save your drywall
If you were to place the corner of a sponge into a bowl of water and let it sit, eventually the entire sponge would become soaked. This process is known as wicking. Extremely dry products like sponges and drywall absorb water, which continues to move into dry areas until the entire thing has absorbed as much moisture as it can hold. As standing water sits in your home, drywall is busily absorbing it high up into the walls where you can’t see it.
If drywall isn’t dried out properly, it not only become susceptible to the formation of mold and mildew behind the paint, but drywall can also become warped and even stained. Rather than having to rip out all your drywall and have it replaced, you can just hire a professional restoration company to dry it out properly in the first place.
Professional water restoration companies remove your baseboards and drill holes directly into the drywall to allow air to circulate behind your walls to dry out drywall. They also take regular readings of moisture content to ensure the humidity in your walls is low enough to keep mold and mildew from forming.
3. Water restoration is labor and equipment intensive
Water restoration is highly labor and equipment intensive, requiring industrial fans, industrial strength dehumidifiers and a great deal of manpower. To properly dry out floors and carpets, all your furniture needs to be lifted and placed on small styrofoam squares, baseboards need to be removed, holes drilled and industrial strength anti-bacterial sprays sprayed on everything to discourage mold and mildew growth.
In order to properly dry everything out, it is important to place a number of industrial strength fans facing the holes in the baseboards to create enough air current to absorb the water in drywall and carpet padding. In addition, an industrial strength dehumidifier is also necessary to remove the massive amount of moisture from the air that it is sucking up from carpeting and baseboards so that it can absorb even more moisture.
Renting all of this equipment is expensive, not to mention the labor involved in setting it up and cleaning up afterward. In the long run, you can often save yourself time, money and hassle by just hiring a professional water restoration company to do it for you. Not only will it save you time, money and labor, but it will also give you the peace of mind of knowing it’s being done right and your home will not become a toxic wasteland several years down the road.