Ways Water Damage Happens
There are many ways water can damage your home or business. Water could leak from weak joints in the plumbing behind walls, and not be known until damage to the visible areas of walls from water and moisture are seen. Water could overflow from a broken pipe over a long weekend, or flood waters could seep in when disasters strike an area. Water from any source can cause large amounts and varying kinds of damage, and in a very short period of time.
Your First Response and Assessment
Besides stopping the flow of water if the water is coming from an internal source such as a leak, which can go from a drip to a full force gusher at any time, or a broken pipe, the electric company should be called to have the power turned off to avoid electric shock until all water is clear of your home or business. When it is safe to enter, check to see if there are any weak spots in the floors, walls that need to be gutted, or appliances that need to be unplugged before the electricity is turned back on. Then, the process of water damage repair can begin.
Hazards of Cleaning Flood Water Yourself
Even with a burst pipe, water that has flooded your home or business can be almost as toxic as that of a flood. Water that has its source from pipes can still be dangerous because of the contact it has had with interior contents in your home or business, such as insulation and chemicals from the processing of walls that have leached into the water. While chemicals may be in small amounts, safety should be your priority. Flood water is especially dangerous because it can contain sewage, and is extremely dangerous to your health. When a flood occurs, sewage and flood water mix, causing both to enter homes and businesses, leaving behind toxic materials that should be cleaned up only by a water damage company in Fort Lauderdale.
Ensure Your Safety
When you’ve experienced a flood or other water damage, it’s not enough to just get what you see cleaned up. All of the water, even where you can’t see, needs to be removed. This is why victims of water damage need a certified restoration company that is also experienced in water extraction to assist in the process of cleaning up. When water remains in hidden areas of your home or business, the problem of mold, mildew and rot also remains. All of the water needs to be removed, even trace amounts, and this requires special equipment and knowledge. This is particularly important when a flood has occurred. If you are interested in learning more about the effects of water and moisture on your home or business property, or how to remove water and dry out a flooded building, you are invited to contact Certified Priority Restoration at 561-847-3495 in Palm Beach County or 954-874-8016 in Broward County.