Water damage is the instance where water highlights its destructive properties in the form of damaging objects such as wooden furniture, bedding, cushion, and carpet, appliances made of metal, home roofs and ceilings, private homes, and many more.
It is caused by factors such as water leakage from pipes which may flow into the home, evaporation that happens in the bathroom during warm showers, steam from cooking which may affect wooden kitchen cupboards, etc. On a larger scale, flooding from rain or even backyard pools may enter homes and destroy objects inside. This may also lead to the growth of mold, which is harmful for the body due to their highly carcinogenic (cancer-causing) properties.
There are numerous helplines and disaster relief services that people in Los Angeles can call. These services not only help with restoration due to water damage. They also handle mold removal and flood damage. This includes:
• Flood Medic which is a 24/7 service with a 60-minute response time. Tel: 877-420-3030.
• PRC Restoration & Construction for water damage, mold removal, content restoration, reconstruction, flood damage, fire damage and sewage clean up. Tel: 855-772-3771.
• Absolute Maintenance & Consulting, which specializes in water removal, water intrusion and leak repair, mold removal and remediation. Tel: 310-678-4345.
The after effects of water damage leads to the growth of molds in the home. This could be in areas such as the walls, ceilings, or even furniture. They are not immediately noticeable and can remain unnoticed for quite some time. Molds may have a negative impact on someone’s health. For example, it causes symptoms such as: severe headaches, coughing, breathing problems, rashes, sneezing, fatigue, itchy eyes, etc. Molds are also highly carcinogenic and if a person is exposed to them for prolonged periods of time, they may develop cancer.
The suggested immediate action that anyone who is experiencing water damage in the home should take is to contact their insurance broker. This is so that the situation can be analyzed carefully and it the costs of repairs may be covered by the person’s insurance. After that, a professional contractor should be contacted so they can proceed with proper restoration. This includes removal of water, prevents mold formation and makes repairs.
There is a variety of restoration methods used and the type relies heavily on a case to case basis. Several considerations include water type, e.g. clean or sewage water; duration that the object has been immersed in the water type. Repair services will do their utmost to save as many items as possible. However, if it has been damaged or may potentially affect the owner’s health, then the decision would be to dispose of these items.
It is possible to prevent future instances of water damage in the home or in business premises. Ensure that appliances such as washing machines, refrigerators, and dishwashers undergo regular maintenance to prevent water leakage. Check the pipes under the sinks and toilets for leaks as well. Roofs should be inspected carefully as it is important that water is properly drained.
People who feel their homes might be potentially affected by water damage ought to consider home insurance packages that fit their needs.
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