Water Damage 101: What Homeowners Should Know About Professional Restoration

If your home has been affected by water damage, it's important to address the problem right away. The longer you leave water damage unaddressed, the more severe the damage can become. The moisture can lead to mold and mildew, which are hazardous to your health. Not to mention, prolonged moisture exposure can cause structural damage. Here's a look at a few reasons why you should call a water damage restoration contractor instead of trying to do the work yourself.

Professional Water Extraction

One of the reasons to consider working with a water damage repair contractor is because they have professional-grade equipment for extracting water. Any residual water left behind, even in carpet pads and drywall, can lead to mold growth. Traditional consumer water extraction tools are great, but they are often insufficient for eliminating all of the water in a home that's suffered water damage. Professional water damage repair contractors have equipment with stronger suction to draw more water out of the carpet fibers, for example. In addition, they have larger, more powerful fans and dehumidifiers to draw residual moisture out of the space faster than you could with consumer products.

Training To Spot Mold Hazards And Structural Issues

As a homeowner, you won't have the experience of the training to recognize areas with early stages of mold growth of spots that are vulnerable to lingering structural problems from water exposure. Professional water damage repair contractors, on the other hand, will be trained to do just that. They can recognize subtle color shifts in drywall or subflooring, or identify materials that are historically proven to retain more water. You may not be aware of these issues, but professionals have typically encountered them before and been trained to spot them.

Costly Mistakes

You might think that doing the work yourself is going to save you money over the fees for a professional contractor. While you might save on the labor cost initially, you may overlook areas that could hold residual water or you may not use the proper mold inhibitor to prevent long-term issues with the exposed area. Not only that, but you could inadvertently use a product that creates more problems by trapping water against the structure. Then, you'll face further repair costs to correct the mistakes as well as mitigate the damage that you overlooked. It's easier, faster, and more cost-effective to work with a water damage mitigation contractor from the start to get the job done right.

These are just a few of the things that you should think about when it comes to dealing with water damage issues in your home. 

Contact a company like GraEagle  Construction LLC to learn more.