The Benefits of Professional Water Damage Restoration
Water damage can be a real problem in your home. It can create mold growth, structural damage (wood rot, peeling paint, and other problems), and cause electrical shorts. These risks will lead to more expenditure in the long run — think drywall patches, diverting electrical wires, or even replacing furniture or appliances.
However, if you act quickly enough after experiencing water damage, you can avoid this added expense, not to mention the hassle of cleaning up the aftermath of water damage.
Professional water damage services can respond immediately in the event of a flood or other major water damage event. They can also help you restore your property to its original condition, helping to prevent further damage and costly repairs over time.
Professional water damage companies can help you assess the damage and determine the steps you need to take. They also offer preventative measures for future flooding events, so you know your property is protected from further damage.
Safe Mold Remediation
Once water finds its way into your home, mold can develop in as little as 24 to 48 hours. Mold can grow virtually anywhere, from the ceilings to beneath wooden siding. It would be risky for you to try removing mold by yourself since most molds are toxic or irritating allergens.
A professional water damage restoration service can eliminate mold and prevent a recurrence. Water restoration companies ensure that the surfaces are dried and dehumidified to avoid mold infestations. They also use air filtration equipment and employ treatment in an effort to keep growths from recurring.
Lower Structural Damage
Water damage can cause major structural damage to your home by weakening the foundations, damaging walls, and ceilings, and destroying electrical wiring. If your home has been flooded, you should not attempt the clean-up yourself. Not only is it dangerous, but you also run the risk of damaging your home further.
Professional restoration services use specialized equipment and training to safely remove water from your property without causing additional damage.
Prevent Electrical Shorts
The combination of water and electricity can create a dangerous situation. Water can cause electrical shorts by shorting out your home's electrical appliances, equipment, and wiring. This is extremely dangerous because it can lead to fires that can destroy your property and put you at risk of injury or death.
The best way to prevent this from happening is by calling professional restoration services after you experience a flooding incident. The restoration team will evaluate the damage and determine whether the items can be salvaged or must be replaced due to permanent damage caused by liquid exposure.
Help with Insurance Claims
Insurance companies are only sometimes willing to pay for all the repairs needed after a flood or burst pipe. This is where professional services come in handy.
They can provide an estimate of what it would cost to repair everything yourself, then compare it to what they'd charge for the same job if they did all the work themselves. If their estimate is lower than yours (and most likely, it will be), you'll have a better chance of getting your claim approved.
Unfortunately, no one is immune to water damage. Whether the problem is a burst pipe or a broken appliance, it's just one of those things that can happen to anyone. If you experience water damage, you can be sure that a professional restoration company will respond quickly and work around the clock to remedy the problem.
When your home is damaged by water, you need help fast. SERVPRO of South and Northwest Grand Rapids can help. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Give us a call at (616) 662-9700 with any questions; we're here to help!