When you find water damage in your Santa Rosa home, you may think that it can’t get any worse. The thing about water damage though is that it only compounds over time. In fact, the way you respond will determine just how bad the damage is. When you are in need of water damage restoration, don’t fall victim to these common misconceptions or you may find yourself in even more trouble.
Water Damage Restoration In Santa Rosa
- The first misconception you do not want to fall for is: If you can’t see any water, it must not be there. Most materials in your home are porous, so when they come into contact with water, they will absorb as much as they can. Water also travels under floorboards, soaks through walls and drywall, and makes its way into places that you cannot even see. When water is not completely dried out and left behind in materials, it will not only cause deterioration, warping and rot in said materials, but it will also lead to another major problem – mold growth. Mold can begin to grow in as little as 48 hours after water and moisture has become available. Water damage will compound really quickly into structural damage and even mold growth without proper extraction, thorough drying, and dehumidification.
- Another false belief associated with water damage is: The smell will go away over time. Unfortunately, water damage often brings with it a strong, pungent, musty smell in the area that the damage occurred. This smell is not so much from the water damage itself, but from the secondary problem that arises with water damage – mold and microbial growth. Once mold begins growing, it will not go away on its own. In fact, the smell will probably get even stronger over time, as mold continues to spread. Along with an unpleasant odor, exposure to mold can cause a myriad of respiratory symptoms including coughing, sneezing, itchy throat, watery eyes, headache, fatigue, skin rashes, and even shortness of breath. The only way to eliminate the smell and improve the air quality is to have trained, experienced, and equipped technicians handle the restoration process, including mold remediation.
- The last thing you should be aware of is the dangerous idea that you can handle water damage restoration on your own. The problem is not your competence or ability, but the lack of access to commercial grade equipment, industry approved methods, and years of experience (not to mention the time to dedicate solely to resolving the problem). Instead of spreading yourself, your time, and your resources thin trying to make sure your home is taken care of, you should call the experts at Bravo Restoration. We are licensed and certified to provide the best water damage restoration services in the industry. We know how important a fast response is in mitigating damage, and that is why we are available 24/7 to respond to your situation as soon as possible. Don’t fall victim to any of the misconceptions out there regarding water damage, and, instead, let Bravo handle the entire process so you can assure the best results for your home.