Our Home or Building Suffered from Water…..Now What?
Posted on 7:33 pm by IRCS
Whether the result of a major storm, or a minor leak, damage from water can be difficult to repair. While there are many things you can do to begin repairing the damage, the best thing is to contact a certified professional. Often times, the real threats come from damage you can’t see like moisture within your walls which can become a breeding ground for mold and other pathogens. Moisture from water is often times difficult to detect after the water recedes. However, standing water can become a breeding ground for microbial growth in as little as 24 hours.
In any water event, one of the first, and most important, precautionary measures to take is making sure the electrical power is shut off! Plugged in devices or exposed wires can lead to electrocution which can cause serious injury or death. So, whether attempting to begin repairs on your own, or preparing for a professional to assess your water loss and begin the repair process, ALWAYS make sure the power is off!
One of the greatest advantages to having a certified restoration professional assess damage in your home of building is their ability to quickly identify what items are compromised and what can be saved. Typically, porous items like pillows and mattresses become saturated and should be discarded. You can help speed the process for your certified restoration technicians by getting rid of such items prior to their arrival. However, it is always important to take pictures and keep an accurate list of such items for insurance purposes.
Once restoration professionals arrive to take care of your damage, they will be able to pinpoint the source of the water and identify any hidden pockets of moisture by using special equipment. Technicians will then implement the best tactics to get air moving to eliminate moisture. Speeding up the drying process is key to eliminating the presence of moisture before mold can form.
So always remember that your certified restoration professionals will provide you with the best options in identifying the source of your water, assessing the situation from the standpoint of safety, repairing the visible damage, and ensuring that your property is properly assessed for hidden dangers.
For more information, or to ask your specific questions, please contact Indiana Restoration & Cleaning Services, Inc. at 317.776.9942 or on the web at www.indianarestoration.com.