We know many people across the country are dealing with devastating water damage from flooding due to Hurricane Ida. Water damage cleanup following flooding is an extensive process. Before trying to tackle any flood cleanup on your own, you should be aware of all the risks and dangers associated with damage from flooding.
Most people do not recognize water damage as a dangerous situation. Even if the water damage does not appear hazardous, there can be many hidden dangers. One of the biggest mistakes homeowners make when trying to handle water damage on their own is failing to protect themselves. From the type of water (clean, gray or black), to potential electrical shock, there are many factors when dealing with water damage that can be extremely harmful. It is important to get the mess cleaned up quickly, but going into it not knowing where the water source is from, without proper personal protective clothing and equipment, or without shutting off all power to the area can make you susceptible to harm. Floodwater is considered Category 2 or Gray Water because of the harmful contaminants it may contain. If ingested or contacted by skin, gray water can cause serious illness. Without proper protective hear and equipment, this water is too harmful to cleanup. Professional water restoration companies have the proper equipment, training, and experience to safely and effectively cleanup up water damage from floods.
Many DIY cleanup techniques provide a quick fix for water damage. When dealing with mold, there is no such thing as a ‘quick fix.’ Because mold can go unseen, you may not even know that it is present. Without the proper tools and equipment to detect and remediate mold, it can turn into a serious health problem. Mold can grow in as little as 24 hours after water damage has occurred, so any time you are dealing with water cleanup you should assume you are dealing with mold, and any time you are dealing with mold, you should call in the professionals.
Even after surface water has been dried, water and moisture may seep beneath walls, under carpets and floorboards, and in other places you cannot see. The integrity of these materials and structures may be weakened and compromised. Drying without dehumidification allows moisture that seeped into these areas to remain trapped. Without the use of commercial grade drying equipment, and technology to detect moisture in places you cannot see, water damage will linger long after you think it has been removed. Professional restoration teams closely monitor moisture levels to be sure that all moisture and water is dried completely, protecting the structural integrity of the materials that make up your home.
When you need water damage cleanup in Greenwich, call New Crystal Restoration. New Crystal Restoration offers 24-hour emergency response services, and can be on the scene to begin flood cleanup as soon as it occurs. Our highly trained professional technicians are more than qualified to help recover and restore your property. If you are not enrolled with an insurance company that will cover water damage from flooding, do not try to save money by cleaning up on your own. We offer competitive pricing, and will mitigate damage and costs by handling the problem quickly, efficiently, and correctly. Let us take care of your home and valued possessions, and restore them as good as new after any water damage.