The severity of a water damage incident can vary significantly. Before beginning the restoration process, it’s important that you are aware of the severity of the damage in your home to ensure the restoration job is handled most effectively. Here are five things you should look for when assessing the severity of water damage from our restoration experts at Harper Special Services In Savannah
During the water damage restoration process, understanding the source of the water is essential to know how to appropriately respond to the disaster. The main thing you need to know about the water is the level of contamination it contains. For instance, water with high contamination levels like water that contains sewage or harsh chemicals requires a different restoration approach than water that is not majorly contaminated. It’s also important that you do this since the level of contamination in the floodwater determines the extent of the safety precautions that need to be taken during the restoration process.
Once the water has been in the home for a period of time, you can begin assessing the damage by checking the texture of the water-damaged materials in your home. For instance, materials that feel soggy to the touch have obviously sustained severe damage. You can also feel your walls for any indications of peeling paint, bubbling or buckling.
The smell left behind by a flood is strong and unpleasant. Typically, this smell isn’t coming from the water itself but from the mold that grows because of the presence of the water. This leaves behind a distinct musty odor that is often mistaken for a classic “old home” smell. In some cases, however, the water from the flood can leave behind an odor, particularly when the water contains sewage or strong-smelling chemicals.
Mold is one of the sure indications of water damage. Mold can only thrive and grow in wet conditions that have sufficient organic matter as a food source. After spotting mold in your home, your first step after making a plan to remove the mold should be to figure out how the mold grew in the first place. It’s important that you do this as soon as possible. Otherwise, the mold will continue to grow and the source of water damage causing the mold may be causing damage elsewhere.
Finally, staining or discoloration on your walls or ceiling is another sign of water damage. These stains can come in all different colors, but they are often yellow, brown, or black in appearance. If you notice any staining or discoloration in your home, it means you have a water damage problem that is at least somewhat serious already so you should take action right away.
While it’s important that you assess the damage on your own using the signs above, you should also have your home professional inspected by a water damage restoration company. Harper Special Services in Savannah is a local, professional water damage cleanup company that can help now.