When your home has had a water leak from a plumbing or sewer disaster, it's important to start drying out your house and making repairs right away. The longer you wait, the more complex and expensive restoration will be. Here are four problems that arise when you delay water damage restoration.
1. Contamination May Spread
When you've had a water leak from a sewer, everything the water touches is considered contaminated. Even clean water can become contaminated if it sits stagnant too long. The longer water sits, the more it spreads and is wicked up drywall and other parts of your home. Cleaning up water damage is hard enough work, but the job is made more difficult when there is contamination to deal with. When the water is contaminated, your home has to be dried out and sanitized before it's safe for you to return.
2. Mold Can Grow
Mold needs moisture, a food source, and the right temperature conditions to thrive. A home with water damage is the ideal habitat for mold. Mold can start to grow in a wet house in just a couple of days. The mold can spread behind walls and over your furniture and make cleanup complicated. Your home may need mold remediation in addition to water removal.
3. Bugs Might Move In
If the water damage is in a confined area, such as a basement or laundry room, you might put off restoring the area until it's convenient. However, the dampness will cause damage all during the time you wait. If you can't get all the water extracted from under the flooring and behind walls, you'll not only contend with rotting wood and mold, the dampness will attract insects to your home.
Some bugs, such as silverfish and roaches, are drawn to damp areas where water damage has occurred. Then, the bugs can spread to other areas of your home and spread germs and destroy your documents or food.
4. Belongings Could Be Ruined
When you call a water damage restoration service right away after a water leak in your home, the service might be able to dry out your carpet and the bottom of your sofa so you don't have to throw out and replace things. The longer you wait, the more serious the damage becomes and you'll probably have to throw out some of your belongings and building materials. Rather than drying out and restoring, you may be looking at removing and destroying the water-damaged materials.