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When your home or business in Santa Rosa has sustained water damage and requires restoration, it can quickly become overwhelming. What makes matters even worse is many homeowners affected by water damage think they should just handle the restoration process on their own. Not only does that just add more stress to an already stressful situation, but it also ends up causing more problems in the long haul.
Here are the 3 most common mistakes homeowners make attempting to handle water damage restoration.
The ‘I will get to it later’ attitude will lead to even more damages done to your home and belongings following water damage. A quick and less extensive restoration is dependent on time. The longer water damage sits, the worse the damage will be. As soon as you notice water damage, you need to act. Immediate steps need to be taken to stop the source of water, limit the spread of damage, and develop a plan to ensure your home and property is restored properly. Do not wait or waste any time when your home has sustained water damage.
When people attempt to clean up water damage on their own, they often use whatever equipment they can find around their homes to get the job done. For example, many homeowners have attempted to remove water in their homes with a shop vac, and once all the water they can see is gone they think the job has been done. What they do not know though, is that water seeps into materials like wood, drywall, insulation, ceilings, and floors and is absorbed by these porous materials. So even if surface water appears to be gone, water is still hidden where we cannot see. Without professional extraction equipment, commercial-grade air movers, and dehumidifiers, hidden moisture will remain in your home – which leads to more damage. Mold can begin to grow within 48 hours of moisture exposure. When it grows in areas we cannot see, it is able to continue growing and spreading, leading to an extensive mold removal process once it is discovered. Mold exposure also causes a lot of respiratory symptoms and is a major health risk. Without the right experience, training, and expertise to thoroughly remove water, water damage will continue to be a problem long after surface water has been dried.
Because water damage restoration is an extensive project and requires certain steps done thoroughly, completely, and in the correct order, it should be left to the professionals. Instead of trying to restore your home on your own, you should call the water damage restoration experts at Bravo Restoration. We offer 24/7 emergency response services so that cleanup can begin right away to mitigate any further damage. Our friendly and helpful staff will walk you through the entire process to ensure your property is restored as quickly as possible, no matter the size or scope of the damage. We understand that when you need water damage restoration, you need help and need it fast! We are on call 24/7 and will be there every step of the way to make sure you get the best water damage restoration possible.