Imagine hearing the confusing sound of water gushing out of somewhere it shouldn’t be. Although this sounds like a ghastly nightmare, it’s more often than not a reality for bewildered home or business owners. If you happen to be the victim of water damage, it’s imperative to deal with water damage as quickly as possible. Water damage will ruin a home or a business rapidly if steps are not taken straightaway to contain it. Here at Baxter Restoration, we’ve listed our top three reasons why it’s important to attend to water damage in a timely manner.

1. Health Concerns

A top concern with water damage (especially when not attended to quickly), is increasing the chances of mold growth. Mold can cause health issues, especially with individuals who have chronic health conditions such as asthma or any other allergies. This fungus can grow on walls, floor, doors, and even the ceiling.

It only takes a few hours for mold to grow. Even when you extract standing water, if you don’t remedy wet surfaces, this can create a hazardous breeding ground for mold and mildew. Being as thought mold is not always visible, it can grow in places not easily seen, such as under carpers or behind walls.

Numerous health issues are related to water damage–particularly if it’s contaminated water. When people are exposed to this type of water damage, serious health risks are a top concern, particularly if it is ingested. Sanitation is a vital component in water damage restoration. Water damage should be removed promptly, with correct drying process to prevent the growth of mold or any other contaminates that can impair one’s health. Drying everything as soon as possible will reduce the likelihood of having health concerns as a byproduct of water damage.

2. Safety Issues

Another reason to have timely water damage restoration is the issue of safety. The danger level increases if eater damage is left unattended. As mentioned above, water damage from dirty water poses a health concern because of the potential of harmful bacteria.

Another monumental issue with water damage is electrocution. Unsafe electrical conditions can occur when there is water near outlets or appliances. Water is a conduit of electricity. This means should the water come in contact with electricity, it will shock anyone in the water, causing serious injury with the potential for death. If the water damage is near a swimming pool, make sure people are aware of the dangers of electric shock drowning if they are swimming nearby.

If you run into water damage near electrical outlets, make sure to turn off your electricity and have a professional inspect your home or business to make sure electrical concerns are taken care of as quickly as possible.

3. Money Savings

The saying “a stitch in time saves nine” comes to mind when we discuss money savings during water damage. If you attend to an issue as quickly as possible, the damage will be mitigated. Delaying water restoration services will only end up costing more money in the long run that the restoration costs themselves.

If your home or business has experienced water damage, it’s less likely that your house or building will suffer secondary water damage from structural issues. A timely water damage restoration allows you to swiftly and efficiently salvage any important belongings, such as paperwork, furniture, electronics, etc. that can be very costly to replace.

Retain your home’s property value and eradicate the need for any additional unnecessary repairs in the future by properly drying your flooded home, immediately. If a flood-damaged building is not fully dried out before the walls are replaced, it can lead to extremely expensive mold damage. Water related damages (such as rot and mold), can lead to serious long-term health effects. This can simply lead to hundreds of thousands of dollars–or more–in repairs.

If you find that you are the victim of flood damage, a trained and certified professional can help you deal with this complicated problem. Not only do they remove the water itself, but a professional disaster restoration expert can help you address other serious issues, such as bacteria, corrosion, electrical issues, damaged personal property, mold remediation, and even potential foundation problems.