Fort Walton Beach, Florida isn’t a stranger to humidity and natural disasters and because of this climate, water damage can be a very real threat to your property. It’s important to be aware of the signs of water damage and what to do if you encounter water damage on your property.
Excess humidity means moisture and where there’s moisture buildup, mold and mildew are likely to grow. Within 48 hours of present moisture buildup, mold can spread and release spores causing additional growth, particularly on porous surfaces such as drywall, carpet, and wood. If left untreated mold can cause allergies and respiratory problems in addition to structural damage to your home or business. When mold is present on your property it can be an indication of a much larger problem and will require extra precautions and procedures in order to safely remove and resolve the problem.
Water damage can be present in any area of your home, but it’s most likely evident in damp and poorly ventilated areas; such as bathrooms, basements, and attics. Freezing temperatures can cause water to get trapped within gutters or heavy rainstorms can water can pool and settle on parts of your roof, which could lead to moisture buildup, causing leaks, rot and structural damage that could affect many areas of your property.
In the event of a catastrophe standing water can cause a great deal of devastation. While stressful, you’ll want to take care to evaluate the situation. If your property is flooded, avoid standing in the water and turn off the electricity. Water is a conductor of electricity and could cause electrocution for anyone standing in the water. It’s also important to avoid standing in flooded areas, especially flooded sewer-lines, as this water will be contaminated with animal feces, parasites, bacteria, fungi, and disease.
Whether it’s a burst pipe, a leaky roof or a flood from a natural disaster, if standing water is found on your property, or even small amounts that don’t seem too overwhelming, be sure not to use your household vacuum cleaner to remove the water. Household vacuums aren’t meant to be submerged in water and could short circuit or lead to a fire if miss used. Additionally, don’t remove tacked-down carpet as it may be contaminated with debris and extremely heavy due to the weight of the water.
Hiring a certified professional will have the knowledge, training and tools to safely assess and address the damage. At Complete DKI, our technicians are available to assist you 24/7 with any water damage and restoration needs. Water damage can cause great destruction to your property and negatively impact your health if not addressed quickly.
Discovering water damage on your property can be frustrating and stressful; you’ll want the assistance and relief from a certified water damage and restoration company. Don’t hesitate to act, our certified technicians will provide peace of mind and exceptional service to fix, salvage and restore your property from water damage, call us today.
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