Whether the source is internal or external, a flooded home is an endangered one. If flooding affects your home, it’s important to start the cleanup process as soon as possible. According to RubyHome, water damage affects almost 14,000 people every day. If you are among those who suddenly are affected by flooding, here’s why it’s important to hire a water removal service immediately after a flood.
Minimize Structural Damage
The sooner that you can hire a water removal service, the better your chances of saving the home and minimizing damage. When water has time to penetrate wood, drywall, and insulation, it can cause structural damage. The damage might include water stains, rot, or warping. The floor covering and insulation might become saturated. You also might see unsightly water stains inside your home.
Protect Your Belongings
Water intrusion also can damage your belongings, including furniture, ornamental rugs, and electronics. The sooner you remove the water, the less damage it can do to the many belongings that you have inside your home. Depending on your homeowner’s insurance policy, you might find it to be very costly to replace any furniture or belongings that the water damages or destroys. The cost for immediate water cleanup is much less than it would be if you were to delay and suffer even more extensive water damage to your belongings.
Prevent Mold and Mildew
The growth of mold and mildew is one of the potentially most dangerous developments caused by water intrusion. It doesn’t take long for mold or mildew to develop when water saturates walls and crawlspaces. The dark spaces inside the walls, closets, and crawl spaces are especially prone to mold and mildew growth when water saturates them. You can stop the growth of hazardous substances when you remove the water as soon as possible.
Lower Your Recovery Costs
The cost to repair your home and replace any damaged belongings always is lower the faster you remove the water from your home. Depending on the nature of the water intrusion, your homeowner’s insurance policy might pay the cost of water mitigation. If so, there is no reason to delay the service any longer than necessary. The sooner you get it done, the more money you save on the recovery costs from any water damage.
You can call or visit us at ServiceMaster to learn more and get emergency water removal services for your home or another property. Don’t wait for water damage to get worse, let us handle the cleanup right away.