Water damage refers to different potential losses incurred by water penetrating in an area in which it may allow entry of an infectious substance or biological agent capable of causing serious harm. Common causes of water damage include leaks, flood, earthquakes, storms and fires. As such, damage due to water may be of many types, which include physical damages like peeling and blistering, chemical damages like mildew, corrosion of metal equipment, loss or destruction of equipment’s ability to perform, and the structural damage caused by water undermining or structural failure of building materials like drywall. In addition, damage due to water may also include financial losses, like loss of business property and personal belongings, and other financial hardships, like reduced capacity to earn an income due to temporary or permanent disability.
Water damage restoration may be difficult, since most incidents are likely to have occurred in places having little or no knowledge of safety risks, and where the proper safety measures to avoid exposure to harmful chemicals and moisture are often not taken. Most often, people who deal with these cases end up spending a great amount of money without achieving the desired results, or even worse, creating more problems for themselves and their property. This is why it is necessary for individuals who want to restore damaged properties, as well as companies looking to hire services of water mitigators and restoration professionals, to become fully aware and equipped with basic and advanced first aid techniques and capabilities.
First aid techniques for water damage restoration include using absorbent pads, tapes, and ointments to contain the spill or leak, as well as to mitigate any danger to the area that has been contaminated. In addition, you should utilize adequate window coverings that will prevent sunlight from entering into the room. In addition, use strong antiseptic and anti-bacterial solutions to clean and disinfect the affected area. You should also purchase and thoroughly wash all towels, bedding, clothing, and other materials used in the incident. Lastly, make sure all necessary utilities are turned on and functioning properly. As always, the most effective first aid methods involve a combination of absorbent, drying, and sanitizing solutions, in order to effectively contain the spread of contaminants and germs.
Mold and mildew growth are the greatest threats posed by water damage restoration. If this growth is not removed at once, it can lead to serious health problems including respiratory illnesses and immune system breakdown. Therefore, during the cleanup process, you should find mold spores in the air, on surfaces, and in any crevices. If the mold spores are inhaled, they can cause coughing, difficulties breathing, and nausea; and, if they are ingested, they can result in serious digestive complications.
Long-term exposure to excess moisture in the home is known to cause a number of health problems, some of which include severe allergies, rashes, watery eyes, and chronic fatigue. It is also believed that long-term exposure to mold can cause the onset of cancer. Therefore, when water intrusion occurs, it is important that you conduct water damage restoration immediately, before the situation gets worse.
When everything is cleaned up, you should make sure that all carpeting, flooring, and subflooring are thoroughly dried and sanitized. If there are any pets, it is advisable to have them put down for the duration of the cleanup process, as the presence of any pets can transmit harmful bacteria from one person to another during the damage cleanup process. If you are insured, contact your insurance company and discuss the possibility of paying for your damages out of pocket. Your insurance company will probably be glad to help, especially if your property is in an area that is considered high risk. For example, if your home is located in a flood zone, your insurance company will want to know what measures you took to prevent flooding in the first place, and will want to take that into consideration when determining your claim amount.