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Importance of Removing Water Quickly
Throughout the U.S. many people are currently dealing with the troubles of water damage. After Hurricane Sandy came through many homes have been flooded, especially on the East Coast and throughout the Midwest. Due to the high number of people that were affected by the storm, many people are still dealing with the aftermath of leaks and flooded basements. However, it is extremely important to cleanup the water damage as soon as possible to prevent further damage to your property.
When Hurricane Sandy tore through last week, the storm not only brought enough rain and wind to devastate entire communities, but the storm also caused massive power outages. Many people were out of power for several days and in some cases people are still out of power. Losing power has resulted in increased amounts of water damage to homes because the response of cleaning up the damage has been delayed.
Unfortunately, the longer water sits within the home the complications of cleanup increase. If water sits within a flooded basement, mold and mildew can start to grow within as little as 48 hours. With small amounts of moisture, mold will start to take root within the home, and is related to many health concerns. Such health concerns relating to mold range from allergies to bleeding lungs.
Aside from mold the longer water sits within the home the more dangerous the actual water becomes to handle. As water sits stagnant within the home it becomes a breeding place for bacteria. This water also attracts small animals and bugs, which only further increase the contaminants of the water due to droppings and anything else the animals might leave behind. The longer water sits it becomes more important to stay out of the water to avoid health complications.
In addition to mold growth, and the actual cleanliness of water it is important to remove water quickly because of damage to the property. As water sits upon wood it creates a number of problems ranging from swelling of the wood, to rotting wood. Water sitting upon metals speeds up the rusting process, also damaging your property.
If water has been within your home for a day or two, it is important to have it removed as quickly as possible, because the longer it stays within the home, the problems will continue to increase. Trained water damage specialists are on call 24 hours a day to take care of leaks and flooding. In order to make sure you limit the damage to your home it is important to call a water damage company to take care of the damages as soon as possible.