When water enters your home (either from outside or a leak inside) the first thought may be: “It’s no big deal, I will clean it up and it can dry on its own.” Many of us are incredibly self-sufficient, prompting us to not seek help from an expert immediately. Here are a few reasons why you should, in fact, call in a professional when water intrusion occurs in your property:
- You may not see the full extent of damage
-Do you know how far the water traveled? It may not look like it, but the water could have seeped and wicked up walls, into carpet and carpet pad, and under flooring. In many instances, flooring, carpet, and carpet pad are removed during the restoration process.
- You may be at risk for mold growth
-Mold needs the proper moisture, temperature, and organic material to start growing. Water intrusion is the perfect combination for mold to rear its head. You may not notice it until it is too late, and the repairs will be even more costly than it would have cost to clean up the water in the first place.
Tip: Most insurance companies do not cover mold remediation, so it is best to call a professional when water damage occurs.
- You may be in over your head
-Attempting to take on water damage on your own is a daunting task, especially if there is a LOT of damage. A restoration company has unique equipment and tools necessary to get the job done in a timely manner. Did you know that most of the time, wood floors can be saved even if water has seeped under the panels? This can only be done with specialized equipment and, of course, knowledge that comes with training and experience.