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Water damage can have lingering effects on your home when not cleaned up correctly. If your home in Eau Claire has sustained water damage, there are three great reasons you should contact a professional water damage clean up company immediately. If you aren’t sure where to go for water damage help, contact Trac Solutions of Western Wisconsin to resolve the problem and make your home safe again.
Mold can begin to grow in as little as 24 to 48 hours following water damage, big or small. As long as moisture is present, mold will be able to grow and spread. Mold reproduces through microscopic spores that can travel through the very air we breathe and make their way all throughout our homes. Mold exposure can cause a number of respiratory problems to those who are in the vicinity of the mold growth. Some common symptoms of mold exposure are:
These symptoms are heightened in those who have allergies, asthma, respiratory diseases, weakened immune systems, the elderly, and infants. Lingering water damage paired with inadequate drying will both contribute to mold growth, so a quick response to water damage by trained professionals will prove the best way to prevent mold growth. Professional water damage restoration technicians not only have the proper equipment to thoroughly and completely dry and clean the area, but many also provide 24/7 water damage response so that the risk of mold growth can be greatly reduced.
If the source of the water damage is unclean (i.e. sewer lines, or flooded rivers or streams) or if the water has been sitting for an extended amount of time, harmful contaminants can be found in the water. Water from flooded rivers, canals, or streams, along with water from any type of septic line or the toilet can be detrimental to your health. Exposure to grossly contaminated water with biohazards and other harmful microbial organisms can cause serious health risks and is very dangerous to come into contact with. Water in your home may have come into contact with household chemicals as well, which only makes standing water more dangerous. To keep you and your family safe, you should avoid any contact with flooded water in your home, and only let trained professionals with the proper training and equipment handle the clean up.
Water damage that has not been thoroughly cleaned up, or that has been allowed to sit for extended amounts of time, will begin to weaken the structural integrity of your home. Walls, floors, and ceilings, even the foundation, are all affected by water damage. Since these structural components are made up of porous materials like wood, drywall, and even cements, they will absorb and retain water when exposed to it. Over time, and with excess water and moisture, walls will begin to peel, bubble, and bow. Ceilings can begin to show cracks and sag, while floors can warp and become uneven. This form of deterioration from water damage typically goes unseen until the problem becomes big enough that it cannot be ignored, and structural changes become dangerous.
Professional water damage restoration companies know how to remove all excess water, even the water you can’t see under floors, behind walls, and in the ceiling. With the proper equipment, training, and experience, they can completely and thoroughly remove the water and all excess moisture, reserving the structural integrity of your home.