Article by David Selter
When it comes to water damage, the experts agree that the first 24 to 48 hours are critical for the prevention of permanent damage and the growth of toxic microbials such as mold and bacteria. In one study, wet drywall that was left untreated for 48 hours already showed evidence of microbial growth.
That’s why you need a water damage contractor who will get on the scene quickly, assess the extent of the water damage, and begin the all important first step of water damage remediation, which is to remove as much of the water as possible. Water removal may include water extraction, and or removing and discarding wet building materials such as carpet and carpet pad, sheetrock, and insulation. Once the water has been removed from the affected areas, drying equipment, including high efficiency dehumidifiers and commercial air movers, can begin pulling the remaining moisture from the structure and the air. The sooner all this is done, the less permanent damage will occur, and the less need there will be for water damage repair.
The water damage restoration company should take moisture readings in all affected areas throughout the drying process to ensure that everything is thoroughly dry before they begin repairing any water damage. It is important that the moisture levels are also monitored in hidden areas, such as wall cavities and behind cabinets, to ensure that there is no remaining moisture to promote microbial growth.
To summarize, the success of water damage remediation is greatly affected by how quickly it is begun. A restoration company whose phones are answered day or night by their own personnel, not an answering service, and who can have a truck in route to you immediately to begin the water damage clean up, will make your life a lot easier.
When it comes to water damage restoration, time is of the essence.