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There is a lot of misleading information online about water damage and how to handle it correctly. Sadly, many homeowners fall victim to false practices that can actually cause more damage to their home when attempting to repair the issues after water damage. Don’t worry – that’s where we come in. At ServiceMaster by Century, we know all about water damage and how best to handle it. We want to be sure that when water damage affects your home in Katy, that you know exactly how to respond. Here are the 3 most common myths about water damage, and how you can combat and repair them.
We hear things like, “I will get around to it,” or “we will get it taken care of eventually” way too often in regards to water damage. Time is crucial in mitigating damage caused by water. The longer water damage sits, the more damage your home will sustain. In fact, mold growth can begin within 24 hours following water damage, so there really is no time to waste. The odds of items being saved will decrease immensely the longer your belongings and structural materials are exposed to water. To minimize losses, and prevent mold growth from spreading through your home, you need to have a quick response so water damage repair can begin immediately.
While water will, eventually, dry out, your home will not completely dry on its own. Just because you can no longer see water, does not mean that all the moisture is gone. When porous materials like wood, insulation, carpet, drywall, padding, and ceiling tiles are exposed to water, they will begin to absorb the moisture. This means that water hides in ceilings, walls, carpets, and flooring. Without the use of professional extractors, commercial grade air movers, dehumidifiers, and moisture detection equipment, water will remain hidden and trapped in the home. Hidden moisture leads to even more damage, including mold growth and structural deterioration. Mold will grow anywhere and everywhere that moisture is available. Without complete drying, mold will begin to grow and spread throughout your home – causing a number of respiratory symptoms in those who are exposed to it. The structural materials of your home, like wood, drywall, and flooring, will also become compromised if moisture is not completely dried. Swelling, bowing, cracking, warping, and deterioration are all common effects of prolonged exposure to moisture – causing much more extensive repairs to the structural components of your home. Carpet and carpet padding that has been left to dry on its own will eventually begin to smell, and more than likely will end up needing to be removed. Water damage in your home will not completely and adequately dry on its own.
This last myth is basically a combination of the two previous ones. While we are all for homeowners being proactive and involved in the water damage repair process, it is still not something that should be handled without the proper training, certification, experience and equipment. In order to ensure that all the water and moisture has been thoroughly dried, that mold growth has not become an issue, and that the structural integrity of your home has not been compromised, it is vital to have a professional restoration team handle water damage repairs.
ServiceMaster by Century is a highly reputable, licensed, insured, and endorsed water damage service provider in Katy and surrounding areas. In addition to our years of experience, our qualified technicians have completed advanced training in water damage mitigation, dehumidification systems, mold remediation, and corrosion controls. We don’t want you to fall victim to the same myths many others have, so let us take care of all your water damage repair needs.