What damage can water cause?
Water can be one of the most damaging elements to your home because of its ability to get into hidden places. Once there, mold can develop, causing harm to drywall, furniture, clothes, decorations, wood floors, and more. If you don’t get remediation services from professionals like Clean Air Restoration, the water can cause structural damage to your house, costing you more money and forcing you to be displaced from your home for a lengthier amount of time. The longer you let it stand, the less likely insurance is to cover those costs, so seeking professional remediation immediately is key. The mold left behind from water damage can also cause harm to you and your family by aggravating allergies and causing other respiratory problems.
Can water damaged carpet be saved?
The professionals at Clean Air Restoration can and will restore your carpet after flood or other water damage. We use specialized products to clean, sanitize, and dry, bringing it back to life. The quicker you call us, the quicker we can save it and protect it from future issues such as mold and other contaminants. We use high-powered vacuums and waterproof equipment when handling these scenarios. However, if you wait too long to call, there is a chance we will have to remove the carpet.
How does water damage affect wood?
Builders utilize wood in many aspects of your home, including support beams and flooring, and a majority of your furniture uses wood. Water can cause wood to swell, crack, break, and, worst of all, rot. If it rots, the structural support of your home may fail, and the house could even collapse if this is neglected. The furniture you love could lose its structural integrity and your once-beautiful wood floors can warp and split. To avoid this, it is imperative that water remediation experts are called to the job as soon as possible.
How do you clean flood-damaged items?
Just because you have suffered a flood or massive rain experience doesn’t mean that your items are gone forever. Clean Air Restoration has a process of repairing your belongings and restoring them to their original state. After removing water and using our state-of-the-art dehumidifiers, we get to work. We aim to restore your belongings by using deodorization and antimicrobial agents to get rid of the moldy stench and bacteria growth and prevent it from coming back. We have had great success with this method and treat each job site like it was our own home. We understand how devastating it is to lose your valuable possessions and strive to save as much as possible.
How long does it take for mold to grow after water damage?
The reason it is so imperative you reach out to Clean Air Restoration as quickly as you can after experiencing water damage is because mold can start spreading quickly. Under the most ideal conditions, mold can begin to grow within 24 to 48 hours. Our services are available to you 24/7 for emergency situations. Mold isn’t going to wait on you to start growing, so don’t wait to call us!
How do I prevent mold from growing in my basement?
Once the team at Clean Air Restoration has restored your home, we suggest you follow these tips and tricks to ensure mold doesn’t grow in the basement.
- Maintain proper humidity levels using humidifiers and monitor them with hygrometers
- Dehumidifiers also help by lowering the humidity levels should they get too high. Anything over 45% or more is enough for mold to start growing.
- Some indoor plants help build an aesthetic in your home, but too many in areas that don’t have stellar airflow and sunlight can promote mold growth. Avoid growing plants in those areas.
- Keep your basement clean and organized. Having too much clutter can reduce ventilation and stop air from being able to flow freely. Also, do not stack items directly against your walls.
- Storing wood in the basement is one of the easiest ways to bring mold into the home. Try to keep it outside and under a shelter of some sort to keep it from getting wet.
- Make sure you take care of leaks and spills as soon as you notice them or right after they happen. Again, you can use dehumidifiers to help speed up the drying process and maintain humidity levels.
- Having an exhaust fan helps keep the airflow moving around the basement and to the outdoors. Adequate circulation will go a long way to prevent mold from growing.
What are the signs of water damage?
Water damage won’t hide from you. There will be very noticeable problems with your home, furniture, and flooring to let you know you have water damage that needs to be taken care of quickly to prevent or remove mold that is already growing. You will notice dark spots on walls and ceilings, which will start flaking and cracking. You will also begin to smell mold, as it leaves a musty smell in the home. If you start to notice it is more humid in the house, it is more than likely due to dampness in a new area of the home. It’s always a good idea to check pipes for leaks to help get them stopped quickly, saving you money and time. Your wood floors will start to warp where they meet cabinet fixtures or walls and can even get to the point of cracking if left alone for too long.