THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT WATER DAMAGE
Water damage can be incredibly damaging to your home, as well as costly to fix and sometimes even worse. It’s essential to make sure you know the facts about water damage and its consequences so that you can prevent it from happening in the first place, or act quickly if it does.
How to Avoid Water Damage
The simple way to avoid water damage is to be proactive about keeping your property dry. Always be sure that you and your family know how to shut off the water if it gets too high. If you have any areas of your home with potential flooding hazards, buy a few mops and buckets so they’re ready when you need them. Also, keep a collection of towels near sinks or bathtubs in case of leaks or spills—you never know when they’ll come in handy! And try to regularly clean up spilled liquids, especially around appliances like washers and dishwashers; oftentimes, people don’t realize how quickly small amounts of fluid can turn into dangerous puddles. Additionally, periodically check for mold or mildew under floorboards, along with foundations, near window wells, and outside on patios; these types of places are susceptible to moisture build-up over time.
How to Handle Small Amounts of Water Damage
If you come home and find a few drops of water here and there, don’t panic—there are things you can do immediately that will ensure damage is minimal. First, turn off all sources of water; whether it’s your sink or a leaky pipe, make sure no water is flowing through any pipe before you do anything else. Next, use towels to soak up as much water as possible from whatever surface has been affected. Dry completely before attempting anything else!
How to Fix Bigger Problems
Though it’s always better to avoid minor problems, there’s no shame in dealing with water damage as soon as possible. Don’t Panic: Most people take a reactionary approach when they discover that their home has been damaged by water or mold. While it may seem like an extreme reaction, a bit of panic is entirely understandable, given that structural damage caused by excess moisture could potentially cost you thousands of dollars to repair.
Why Act Fast When There is a Flood
In most cases, leaving a flooded home is a recipe for disaster. Most of us aren’t aware of what happens when water sits on floors, carpets, and in walls; it’s not just going to drain away or dry up. When water begins pooling, it starts soaking into your walls, bringing with it mold spores that begin developing immediately. Once these spores have expanded further into colonies and spread through your home, you’ll need professional help. Mold remediation takes time and expertise—and can run thousands of dollars—so don’t let your pride cause you more problems than necessary. Act fast when there is a flood; having clean air circulating through your home is worth every penny spent on remediation services. You should know how much water is too much: There are two easy ways to tell if you’ve got a severe issue: there are heavy amounts of standing water (meaning eight inches or more), and there are signs that pests like termites and ants may be getting in from outside. Both of these situations require immediate action by professionals.
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