Water damage can be as (or more) destructive and insidious than fire and smoke damage. While it often leaves less visible reminders of its occurrence than fire and smoke, water damage occurs more frequently and the damage keeps getting progressively worse until corrective action is taken.
When water in liquid form dissolves a material or causes damage, this is commonly referred to as "Primary Water Damage". A gallon of water weighs 8.34 pounds. In volume a cubic foot of water = 7.48 gallons. Water in vapor form is also destructive.
The damage caused by water vapor is known as "Secondary Water Damage", such as wooden cabinets, documents, fine arts, etc. which absorb water and vapor and swell. Secondary water damage is migratory, and can extend far beyond the areas of water intrusion. If corrective action is not taken, within 48-72 hours in most situations, irreversible damage can occurs which can raise the restoration ante substantially.
Fire Damage Restoration
After the fire clears... the ongoing damage just begins!
Acid soot residues cause plastics to yellow; small appliances located close to the source of combustion discolor; highly porous materials (marble, alabaster) discolor permanently.
Acid residues stain grout in bathrooms; fiberglass bath fixtures yellow; metals tarnish, counter tops may yellow; finishes on appliances, particularly refrigerators that extend into the heat line, may yellow; furniture finishes may discolor.
In time, acid residues cause painted walls to yellow permanently; metal corrodes, pits and rusts; wood furniture requires refinishing; linoleum requires refinishing or replacement; clothing becomes soot stained; upholstery stains permanently.
Durable carpet fibers may yellow or discolor permanently; silver plate is corroded permanently; glass, crystal, china may require replacement due to severe etching and pitting caused by prolonged exposure to acid soot residues. Restoration casts escalate tremendously!
It is impossible to get rid of all mold and mold spores indoors; some mold spores will be found floating though the air and in house dust. The mold spores will not grow if moisture is not present. Indoor mold growth can and should be prevented or controlled by controlling moisture indoors .
If there is mold growth in your home, you must clean up the mold and fix the water problem. If you clean up the mold, but don't fix the water problem, then most likely, the mold problem will come back.
Mold can gradually destroy the things they grow on.
You can prevent damage to your home and furnishings, save money, and avoid potential health problems by controlling moisture and eliminating mold growth.
Whether you're looking for to just have your home power washed, or have everything taken care of your businesses' restoration needs, American Hometown Services can help. We provide the following additional services:
Ceramic Floor Installation
VCP Flooring Tiles
Water Damage Repair
Vinyl, Carpet, and Finishing/Replacing Hardwood Floors
Vinyl Flooring Tiles
Wooden Floor Repair
Don't wait until it's too late!
If you think you might need one of our services, then don't hesitate to contact us to get a quote. We can provide you with an estimate that will meet your needs, and your budget.
The longer you wait, the more potential for damage exists.