Water Damage: A Risky Business
Water disasters happen to homes and businesses every day. However, they aren’t a common occurrence for every individual. So when water damage happens, not everyone is certain of the right steps to take to handle the problem. Of course, you want to contact a professional water damage restoration company that is certified and insured in handling all different types of water damage, but there are other things you should do and not do!
When it comes to handling a water damage emergency, it’s important to know what kind of risks are involved. Here are a few things you should know about and how to handle if you encounter a water disaster on your property:
- Standing water will soak the contents of your home including the floors and walls. Because of how quickly water seeps through surfaces, much of the structural part of your property that has been affected might need to be restored. If the water is contaminated, then the structure could be infested with viruses and bacteria and the structure will almost definitely need to be restored.
- Electrical hazards are very real in a water damage situation. You do not want to put your life or anybody else’s at risk. If the electricity has not been turned off, wait for a professional to arrive on the scene and secure it. There are many safety risks involved with water disasters and you want to make sure you are cautious of all of them.
- Contaminated water can cause serious illness and even death. Oftentimes, that water that gets into your property is clean water from broken pipes, etc. But, many water disasters occur because of sewage backups, floods, and other situations that bring in contaminated water. Do not try to clean up or remove any items affected by the water until you know what kind of water you’re dealing with and if it is safe.
- Mold grows fast! In a water damage emergency, it is important to get a professional on the scene as quickly as possible. Mold can grow in as little as 48 hours and can cause a much bigger problem that can be quite extensive and cost more time and money. Professional restoration companies offer 24/7 emergency services so that they can arrive on the scene of a water disaster as soon as possible and start the drying and cleanup process. The faster that the affected area is dried, the less of a chance of mold.
Water damage happens fast. When it does, you want to contact a professional team that has experience and is reliable. In the San Marcos area, JNT Restoration is a full-service water damage restoration company that is prepared to handle major and minor water damage emergencies, anytime, day or night. Water damage emergencies can really affect the structure of any property and can cause a significant amount of damage. Be sure that you do not rely on DIY techniques for a disaster of this magnitude. Professionals have the equipment and education necessary to quickly resolve the problem and restore any amount of damage back to a pre-loss condition.