Water Damage – A Health and Structural Hazard
To the extent that water damage in a home or business has created a hazard to health, people who choose not to use professionals for water damage remediation place themselves and their structure in potential danger. Water, the strongest elemental force of nature, wreaks havoc from flooding and damage from local municipal sewer drains and other sources.
Know Your Professionals
Though there are many businesses involved in water damage, it’s important to choose those with the most experience in this field and have knowledge of local remediation permitting sources. As a consumer of such services, it’s important to know the type of work that will be done well in advance of start up of any water damage remediation projects. Once water has been removed from the interior of the structure, testing of the water damaged areas will be the next avenue of concern. These tests may include mold, structural integrity testing to insure the safety of the building’s structure and foundation and a thorough audit of any electrical wiring that has been submerged. Usually, a report is provided to the consumer as well as an estimate of the cost. Most of these professionals are fully competent to handle any insurance issues or submissions to insurance companies of reports and results of testing.
Miscellaneous Details to Consider
People who choose not to use professionals may miss important details that are part of a
general professional water damage remediation routine. One of the main considerations is the time it takes to remove water, drying of all surfaces and decontamination, if required. Removing water from structures is a painstaking, laborious job, particularly if property owners are not in possession of proper equipment. The longer it takes to remove the water, the more the possibility of further contamination and growth of mold. Then, there is also the matter of discovery of the source of the water if it is not due to major flooding. Often,
the problems can be as simple as piping inside walls or a lawn sprinkling system malfunction. Or, the problem may originate from major cracks in foundations. Restoration is a large part of any water damage remediation project. It should be handled professionally for the best results. People who choose not to use professionals should first assess the massive project to restore not only the damaged interior; but, the contents of the structure as well.