Time is Your Enemy - the Importance of Acting Quickly after a Disaster
When a disaster strikes, it is imperative to respond quickly in order to prevent further damages and complications. Fires, mold infestations and floods from broken pipes, overflows or heavy storms – all such disasters must be dealt with in a timely manner. Here is what can happen if you don’t act quickly after a disaster:
- If water-damaged structures and contents are not dried out quickly and correctly, potential health risks can develop. Mold can begin to grow within the first 24 to 48 hours after the flood and may be responsible for “sick building syndrome”, allergic reactions and other health problems.
- Excessive water can cause: rusting in metals, corrosion in electronic components, cracking, splitting or warping of furniture items, color bleeding or transfer in fabrics, furniture stains and secondary damage to upholstery, drapery, clothing, wallpaper, photos and papers.
- Fire or smoke damaged properties can also experience irreversible damage, regardless of the size of the fire. Soot residue is highly acidic and can pit or corrode the metal in doorknobs, plumbing fixtures, light fixtures, etc. It can also etch glass in windows, mirrors and cabinets, causing them to look soiled and cloudy. Moreover, plastics, appliances, fabrics and vinyl windows can become discolored.
- The safety and security of the home can be compromised. Windows and doors may become weak and function improperly, wet materials may collapse and electrical installations and components can be a health hazard when they come in contact with water. Slips and falls are also potential dangers.
A professional restoration specialist can help mitigate the losses using the latest equipment, technology and techniques in the industry. Moisture is removed before mold gets established. Fast and efficient drying also prevents irreversible damage to the home’s contents and structure. A specialist can also detect and prevent fire related problems as well as safety concerns.
If you’re not sure how to act after experiencing water, fire or mold problems in your home or business, contact PuroClean. We will send a team of restoration professionals to your location as fast as possible.