Flooding is more than just water coming into the home that will need to be removed and dried. Flooding creates the ideal condition for mold spores, bacteria, and other types of contaminants to enter your home and spread throughout your house, putting your safety at risk.
After a flood, having a professional flood damage restoration service on site within twenty-four to forty-eight hours for water extraction is the ideal solution. Water allowed to sit for longer than that in your home, particularly in warmer weather, significantly increases the risk of mold problems and increased damage to the interior and structural components of the home or business, which is why the drying process should be done sooner, rather than later.
Mold Health Issues
Mold is a serious issue in any home, but even more so if people in your house have respiratory problems. In addition, exposure to mold in the home is linked to skin irritations, immune system disorders, headaches, and nausea. Materials like drywall, fabrics, carpets and other organic materials can develop detectable mold growth within a few hours of exposure to water.
Early structural drying and disinfection of surfaces will eliminate the need for extensive mold remediation in the future.
Increased Difficulties in Cleaning and Restoring the Home
Standing water in the home can cause significant damage to wood, floors, walls, and any household items exposed to the water. Dirt and other contaminants in the water can permanently stain surfaces if left for too long.
Early removal of excess water and cleaning of walls, floors, and household items helps to reduce the cost of replacing everything. The same is true for rugs, upholstery, clothing, or other fabrics and materials in contact with the flood water.