Why You Need to Act Quickly After a Flood
If your home has experienced a flood or water leak, one of the most important things you can do is to act quickly to address the situation. Water damage can be very destructive to your home and health if left untreated.
Mold is one of the biggest threats after a flood. It grows in dark, damp, and humid places. Mold can show up in different areas of your house, such as in the bathroom or basement, but it is especially common anywhere water damage has occurred. It takes as little as 24-48 hours to start growing once a flood has hit. Once mold has developed, it can grow at a very fast pace. Not only is mold a health risk to your family, but it can also do damage to the structure of your home by eating away at the building materials. While it is commonly found on walls, ceilings, and other areas of the home, it can also grow on toys, carpets, and any other items that are in the water damaged area. The longer you wait to respond to a flood, the worse the mold will get.
Damage to wiring, gas lines, and appliances is possible after a flood. It’s important to turn off your utilities to prevent electrical shock, gas leaks, or irreversible harm to your home appliances. Once your utilities have been secured, call a professional to assess the potential damage and make any needed repairs.
If you have hardwood floors in your home, water damage can deform them beyond repair if not treated quickly. Mold can also begin to grow between and underneath floorboards if they haven’t been properly dried out. To prevent damage from occurring, the wood flooring and sub flooring must be completely dried.
If you’ve experienced flooding or water damage in your home, our 24/7 emergency team is available to help at any hour of the day. Call us right away so we can assess the situation and prevent any further damage from occurring in your home.