Water damage cleanup from flooding is an extensive process. Before trying to tackle any flood water cleanup on your own, you should be aware of all the risks and dangers associated with damage from flooding. Here are just a few:
Most people do not recognize water damage as a dangerous situation. Even if the water damage does not appear hazardous, there can be many hidden dangers. One of the biggest mistakes homeowners make when trying to handle water damage on their own is failing to protect themselves. From the type of water (clean, gray or black), to potential electrical shock, there are many factors when dealing with water damage that can be extremely harmful. It is important to get the mess cleaned up quickly, but going into it not knowing where the water source is from, without proper personal protective clothing and equipment, or without shutting off all power to the area can make you susceptible to harm. Floodwater is considered Category 2 or Gray Water because of the harmful contaminants it may contain. If ingested or contacted by skin, gray water can cause serious illness. Without proper protective gear and equipment, this water is too harmful to cleanup. Professional water damage cleanup companies have the proper equipment, training, and experience to safely and effectively cleanup water damage from floods.
Many DIY cleanup techniques provide a quick fix for water damage. When dealing with mold, there is no such thing as a ‘quick fix.’ Because mold can go unseen, you may not even know that it is present. Without the proper tools and equipment to detect and remediate mold, it can turn into a serious health problem. Mold can grow in as little as 24 hours after water damage has occurred, so any time you are dealing with water cleanup you should assume you are dealing with mold, and any time you are dealing with mold, you should call in the professionals.
Even after surface water has been dried, water and moisture may seep beneath walls, under carpets and floorboards, and in other places you cannot see. The integrity of these materials and structures may be weakened and compromised. Drying without dehumidification allows moisture that seeped into these areas to remain trapped. Without the use of commercial grade drying equipment, and technology to detect moisture in places you cannot see, water damage will linger long after you think it has been removed. Professional water damage cleanup teams closely monitor moisture levels to be sure that all moisture and water is dried completely, protecting the structural integrity of the materials that make up your home.
The best way to handle flood water damage cleanup in Pelham is to Always call the professionals at Restoration 1 of Birmingham. We offer 24-hour emergency response services, and can be on the scene to begin flood cleanup as soon as it occurs. Our technicians are more than qualified to help clean up and restore your property. Next time you need water damage cleanup, call Restoration 1 of Birmingham.