One of the most critical factors in water damage cleanup in Idaho Falls is the speed with which you are able to get through the cleanup process. This poses an issue for many people since water damage can be such an intimidating task that is easy to put off initiating the process…especially going into the winter months here in Idaho. Delaying the water damage cleanup and restoration process, however, is a big mistake that may lead to significantly more damage and problems in the long run.
The amount of structural damage that is done to your home after a flood is largely proportional to the amount of time floodwater remains in your home. The parts of your home most vulnerable to water are porous materials. When an object is porous, it is more prone to absorb water. Once it has absorbed water, it will be very difficult, if not impossible, to salvage it. This is especially true for materials like drywall and carpet.
The same rules for structural damage from water apply to water damage to your possessions. The more porous and absorbent they are, the more susceptible they will be to water damage. For example, if your leave one of your couches sitting in floodwater, it probably won’t take long for it to be irreparably damaged. The sooner you move these items from the flood area, dry them out, and remove the floodwater from your home the better off your will be.
Mold growth is the most well-known consequence of water damage. The main reason for this is that it can begin growing very quickly after a flood. In fact, it only takes 24-48 hours after a flood for mold to begin growing. As a result, this puts you on a very short time table for water damage cleanup. Because mold can grow so quickly, it is sometimes impossible to completely prevent mold growth from occurring. If it does, however, don’t despair! Mold can be removed without too much trouble when it is still in the early stages. As one last point, simply removing the water from your home after a flood isn’t enough to prevent mold growth. You will also need to dry out your home and remove all the remaining moisture as well.
Lots of undesirable critters and pests are attracted to moisture; cockroaches, earwigs, ants, and beetles to name a few. The longer moisture remains in your home from the floodwater the more likely it will be that these pests find their way to your home and cause you problems. It is much easier to prevent bugs from entering your home than it I to get rid of them. This is yet one more reason why speedy water damage restoration is important.
The best way to ensure that water damage is cleaned up quickly is to let the professionals do the work for you. Our team of restoration experts at Restore Rite in Idaho Falls is just one call away and ready to help you with any of your water damage cleanup needs.