Why You May Need Water Mitigation Services and Not Even Know It

What Is Water Mitigation?

Water mitigation is the process of restoring a property to its prior condition before any water damage occurred in the space. The process typically involves cleaning, sanitizing, drying, repairing, and restoring. However, because every property is unique and the extent of the damage may vary, water damage cleanup can look different from one situation to the next. 

As a homeowner or a business owner, you expect to perform some maintenance from time to time to keep everything in your building in good working order. However, there are some situations (like a severe storm) that can leave you with repair work that you simply weren’t prepared for. 

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How Moisture in Your Walls Can Harm Your Family

Did you know that about half of homes have moisture in the walls? Moisture can gather in your walls as a result of plumbing issues or a leaky roof. Sometimes the damage causing the moisture is so minor that you have absolutely no indication that there is moisture gathering in your walls until the problem builds and becomes a severe and visible issue.

Moisture build-up in your walls may cause significant harm to your family. The most commonly known result of moisture in the home is the development of mold. Even people who do not normally have allergies can have allergy symptoms when exposed directly to mold. Breathing mold for a long period of time can lead to serious respiratory illness.

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Three Ways Water Damage Can Harm Your Home and Your Family

Water damage is something that can happen to anyone. It can be caused by flooding from severe storms, burst pipes, plumbing backups, or other sources. While it may seem as though the worst part of water damage is the cleanup, there are actually a lot of ways that water damage can harm your home and family.

Rot and Mold

When water sits on floors and walls for more than a few days, it can seep behind the paint or wall covering into the guts of the wall itself. This can cause drywall and other materials to become extremely weak. If you have a load-bearing wall that gets water damage, you could be putting your safety at risk. In these cases the water damage causes rot and mold that eat away at the boards inside the walls, requiring them to be replaced.

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