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Here’s Why You Should Never Delay Water Damage Cleanup
Water damage can happen suddenly, like in the case of a burst pipe or flooding from a storm. It can also occur over time, like with a leaking pipe. Either way, making sure you handle water damage as soon as you notice it is essential to prevent the occurrence of further issues that could end up costing you a whole lot more in the long run. If you’re contemplating whether that water damage can wait a little longer before you address it, here are a few reasons why you shouldn’t:
Breeding Ground for Mold and Mildew
Mold and mildew thrive in moist environments. If you wait too long to get rid of water and properly dry out your space, you’ll be providing an environment that allows for them to rapidly grow. This can cause a range of health issues and can be quite harmful for people with chronic conditions like asthma or allergies. For a house with kids, early water damage cleanup is essential as stagnating water can cause a range of water-borne illnesses. Early detection, drying and cleaning by professionals can help prevent future health issues.
Structural Damage Could Be on the Horizon
Accumulating water can reach the foundation of your building and erode the structural integrity. Water also causes damage to drywall reducing its strength, which might not be visible to the eye. This can leave your home or business unsafe and can lead to extensive repairs and huge expenses. You should immediately call in experts like NewGen Remediation who can dry or remove the water and assess what sort of damage has occurred.
Additionally, if standing water were to come in contact with electrical wiring, the chance of someone getting seriously hurt goes up drastically. It is always advisable to turn the mains off if you see stagnant water or flooding. If you are not able to do so, it is best to vacate the premises and seek professional help.
Additional Expenses Down the Line
Delaying water damage cleanup can cost a lot more money down the line. The effects of water damage only worsen with each passing day and the restoration work that may have only cost you a few hundred dollars at first can escalate to thousands of dollars later. It is best practice to call in professionals within 48 hours of any water damage so that the drying and restoration process can start right away.
Whether you have visible water damage, or damage that you suspect is being caused by a water leak, call the IICRC-trained professionals at NewGen Remediation Specialists at (980) 207-4868.