The Dangers of Water Damage

Can a house with extensive water damage deliver a shower of melted chocolate ice-cream? What? Yes, you read that right. And the answer is…it can. One of our technicians recently responded to a flooded home in Sunrise, Florida, only to be covered with ice-cream when he moved the refrigerator. The power had been turned off because of the flooding, several gallons of chocolate ice cream had melted in the freezer, the freezer opened while it was being moved and voila! A sticky shower for our friend. This could be listed as one of the dangers of water damage. 🙂 But it would be at the bottom of the list.

The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) gives us some of the dangers of water damage that would be at the top of the list:

dangers of water damageWhen water pools in the home, it will quickly soak through anything it comes in contact with. If it contains contaminants, all organic materials, like textiles and wood, will likely need to be restored. This is because contaminated liquid is the perfect environment for hosting a variety of microbes, including deadly viruses and bacteria. Floods, for example, are typically infested with cholera, hepatitis and other serious diseases.

Mold is also a primary concern when water collects in the home. Mold left unchecked will spread quickly through the home by releasing spores into the air. This means that a mold colony can even reach parts of the house that seem dry. Short term exposure to mold is not typically a major concern, but regular inhalation of mold spores can cause a number of health complications, particularly in the young, old or immune compromised. These complications often include respiratory infections, nausea, agitation, malaise, fatigue, and even deadly neurotoxic complications.

In general, the longer the moisture is allowed to sit in the home, the more problems it will cause. This can result in additional expenses down the road.

The good news is that the dangers of water damage can be avoided by contacting a licensed, professional water remediation company, like Joe Taylor Restoration. Once the situation is evaluated by our technicians, they begin the recovery process, removing any unsalvageable materials and drying the rest.

Joe Taylor Restoration offers the most comprehensive water damage removal services, applying a system known as “top-down” or “in-place” drying. This method employs psychrometric science to assist the drying process, and dries almost all surfaces without having to remove them. Our high capacity air movers create a vortex, while the low-grain refrigerant dehumidifiers draw in cool, wet air and blow out warm, dry air. This system allows us to save drywall, wood, carpet, and more, and ensures that the property is dried completely so as to prevent any further issues, like mold.

If you experience water damage in your home or business, contact the experts at Joe Taylor Restoration. We will help you escape the dangers of water damage, restore your property to its original condition, and, if necessary, even take a chocolate ice cream shower in the process.  😉