Debunking Water Damage Myths In St. George
Water damage is, unfortunately, a prevalent problem for home owners here in St George. Since water damage compounds into further and more significant issues the longer it goes unresolved, it is very important to understand how to get the problem taken care of quickly. Let’s play a game of myth busters and debunk some common misunderstandings concerning water damage so you can be sure that you take the correct course of action when it comes to restoring your home.
Water Damage In St. George
Misconception #1: The water will just dry up on its own.
Water never just ‘dries up’ – ever. It is either evaporated into the air, or absorbed by the materials surrounding it. Too often it is left to sit hoping that it will eventually dry, when all that is happening is the carpet, floorboards, walls, sheetrock, upholstery, framing, or whatever else is exposed to the water is just absorbing all that moisture. The problem is this moisture will begin to cause swelling, cracking, rotting, bowing, warping, and deterioration of the material that has taken it in which just causes more damage to your home and belongings. Even worse, the excess moisture in the air and around the home will facilitate mold growth. Leaving the water to resolve itself will only result in more problems and complications. Instead, water extractors, air movers, dehumidifiers, and equipment that detects moisture need to be utilized to completely dry out the affected area so that no structural damage or mold growth can result from the initial water damage.
Misconception #2: I will get to the water damage problem when I have time.
We know life is busy and hectic, and there is never a convenient time for water damage to occur. The key to understanding water damage is understanding just how much time really matters. Time is probably the most important factor to have on your side to mitigate damage and ensure a successful restoration for your home. For example, mold can begin to grow within 24 hours of initial water exposure. That means you need to respond to and begin water extraction and drying within one day of the damage occurring or you will have an even bigger problem on your hands.
Misconception #3: I can handle water damage on my own.
While this may be true for extremely mild cases, like a minor leak from your kitchen sink, there is always more to the story than what you can see. How long has the sink been leaking? Is it only leaking where you can see or is there water damage behind the walls or under the cabinet that is not visible? What is causing the leak? Is there mold growing because of it? What may seem like a small problem could have so much more going on. When it comes to major water damage emergencies, the best thing you can do for yourself and your home is to call in the professionals. We have the time, resources, and training to identify the source, get it stopped, extract the water, ensure thorough drying, and monitor the entire process from start to finish. If you want to mitigate any further damage to your home and ensure that the problem is resolved as quickly as possible, you need to call Ally 1 Disaster Solutions.