Water damage can be caused by any number of sources, from a flood to a backed-up sewer; however, certain dangers are always present. First, the most valuable thing you own is likely your home, and water can do extensive damage to a house. Second, water can also cause mold and mildew to build up, and mold can be dangerous to your health and property. Finally, pests are attracted to sitting water, and rats and insects can further endanger your health and the value of your property.
In general, there are three possible sources of water, fresh water (such as straight out of the tap), mildly contaminated water (such as out of your washing machine), and sewage (from backed-up drains). All of these can damage your home, but the more contaminated the water is, the more dangerous it is to your health. This guide will talk about what you should avoid after your property has suffered water damage.
What to avoid after water damage?
The first thing you want to keep in mind is that the longer the water sits, the more dangerous it becomes. Even the cleanest water can become contaminated after a few days. So if you are fortunate enough to have just had a small leak, you don’t want the problem to become worse.
- Don’t wait too long: The longer you wait, the worse your problem becomes. Also, the freshwater will pick up contaminants in your home and become dangerous. If you have water damage, take care of it right away, or you may end up with a disaster on your hands.
- Don’t try to deal with it alone: You want a professional to come in and assess your problem as there are so many facets to a water damage problem. For example, an expert can tell you if mold has begun to grow, if pests have been drawn to the water, if the water has become dangerous and need to be treated before being removed, if the water has seeped into the structure of your house and made your home unstable, and many more. Allow a professional to do their job and guide you on how to remedy your situation.
- Don’t track it into the rest of your home: Do your best to leave the area where there is water damage alone, so you don’t track the water into different parts of your house and cause cross-contamination.
- Don’t let your insurance agency slow your response time: Feel free to take pictures of the mess and document in any way you want, but you don’t want to wait for an insurance adjuster to deal with the water damage. The insurance company is in no hurry, and your water damage will worsen the longer you wait. Instead, you are better off calling a professional and showing evidence of the damage and what you paid to restore your house to the adjuster afterward.
- Don’t make assumptions about your water damage: Water can cause all types of damage that aren’t immediately apparent. Don’t assume that the water in your house is uncontaminated or that the problem is not serious.
- Don’t just rely on a shop vac: Shop vacs and dryers are great, but you have to know how to use them. If you misuse the machinery, the damage could still be contaminating your house.
- Don’t rely on your local handyman: Water damage is a highly specialized field, and a certified restoration team knows what to look for. Your local handyman may be cheaper, but if he doesn’t fix your problem, he’ll do more damage in the long run.
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