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How To Handle Water Damage In The Home

March 3, 2016

Water damage can happen for many reasons, but when it does happen, it can be devastating to your home. Repairing water damage is expensive and can cost thousands of dollars to fix. You also run the risk of mold, which can set in quickly after a flood. Read on to learn more about water damage and what you can do about it.

Broken pipes, blocked sewers and broken washing machine hoses can all lead to serious water damage. If you aren't there to shut off the water, gallons of water can pour into your home each minute where they damage the floors, walls, electrical system and all of your belongings. It is essential to get water damage cleaned up fast because mold can start to grow in as little as 48 hours and cause serious health issues.

Mold has been linked to asthma, headaches, chronic sore throats, coughing and can even be deadly to people who have immune system disorders. Mold is also very difficult to get rid of as the spores multiply rapidly and travel through the air to infect more of your house. The mold will eat away the wood and walls and be very expensive to fix, so you don't want to let it get started.

Backed up sewers can also be very damaging as the bacteria in the water is a serious health threat and can make you very sick if you come into contact with it. If you do have a flooding issue in your home, you want to get out of the house and call a water damage company right away. Don't step into the water, especially if there are any electrical wires because you could be electrocuted and killed.

Likewise, stay away from any sewage water because even if you don't touch it, just getting it on the soles of your shoes and walking around the house with it can make anyone sick who touches the floor. You need to get experienced professionals into your home who can quickly clean up the water, dry out your home and disinfect any contaminated areas. They will also check for mold and deal with any mold related issues if you have them.

Be sure to check with your insurance agent because your insurance may cover the cost of the repairs. Water damage is a serious and costly event that needs immediate attention.

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