Water damage is one of the worst and most destructive types of damage you can experience in your home or business space. Unfortunately, it is also one of the most common and can happen to just about anyone at any time. Water damage can also occur as a result of a number of issues, such as a heavy snowstorm, flood, broken water pipe or sewage backup. Although you are probably aware that you have to take action quickly when such a disaster strikes, you may not have all the facts about the sheer importance of water damage services. It is a good idea to familiarize yourself with the situation you are experiencing so that water damage remediation can be done quickly and correctly.
Generally speaking, the more polluted the water with which you are dealing in your home or office space, the worse the situation and the more challenging it will be to tackle. According to the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC), there are three categories of water as per its S500 Standard. These three categories are as follows:
• Category 1: Water that is generally sanitary
• Category 2: Water that is significantly contaminated
• Category 3: Water that is extremely contaminated
It is important to know that the specific category of the water that you are dealing with in your home or business space determines how the structure can be restored, as well as how many of your belongings can be saved.
In addition to the category of water itself that has caused damage to your home or business’ structure, another problem of which you must be aware is the growth of mold. The best way to tackle the entire job of water remediation, extraction and restoration is to hire an experienced water damage contractor who has the knowledge and necessary tools to do the job.
It is of utmost importance to act quickly when you are dealing with water damage. Many people don’t realize that a mold issue in the home is extremely serious. Not only can it cause a great deal of destruction to the structure of your property, but it can also cause a variety of health problems to you and your family. Perhaps the most notable health issue mold can lead to is a breathing problem and even pneumonia, which can be deadly.
Most people don’t know that mold needs only five situations, also known as “perfect” conditions to grow in as little as 48 to 72 hours. Those conditions include the following:
• Food Source
• Optimal temperature
• No air movement or minimal air movement
• No light or minimal light
In addition to tackling the water and preventing the growth of harmful mold in your home or business space, you must act fast for one more reason. In this type of a catastrophic situation, you will want to file a claim with your insurance company for the damage so that you can get compensated. You must make your insurance agent immediately aware of the situation, what specifically happened, how it happened, the source of the water causing the damage and any other pertinent information. If you sit on the situation or wait some time to file a claim, there is less likelihood of your claim being approved.
When a professional contractor comes to your property to perform the water restoration services, you can expect a thorough inspection and assessment to take place first. Afterward, the actual water mitigation and drying will occur to salvage your structure and belongings.