There are some things that families can do to start repairing destruction caused by water damage, but licensed home restoration professionals will be needed to address any structural threats or serious health issues.
Contaminated flood water or storm surges can carry disease-causing pathogens and become a perfect breeding ground for bacteria and mold. The mold spores, if allowed to fester, can spread throughout a building and become extremely difficult to remove. In some cases, governmental agencies condemn homes and buildings if the pathogenic threat is too great.
The main reason why homes are prone to water damage is because it’s not easy to detect moisture once a flood has receded. Within 24 hours, standing liquid can encourage microbial growth. Moisture can collect behind walls where bacteria and mold may multiply out of sight. Furniture and clothes may be saved if a family reacts fast enough.
Professional house restoration technicians can quickly determine which items are compromised. Usually, anything porous will need to be disposed of if it has come into contact with contaminated water. Items like particle board, pillows, box springs and mattresses trap more moisture than other materials, and therefore promote the growth of bacteria. A family can prepare for professional water damage restoration by getting rid of such items before the technicians arrive on the scene. However, be sure to first record the items for insurance purposes prior to throwing them out.
At Spangler Restoration in Charlotte, NC, we are a team of restoration, cleaning and remodeling professionals who offer disaster repair & cleaning for residential and commercial properties. We guarantee fast emergency response and the latest technology. Please contact us for more information.