Water damage is an all too common problem in homes in the US. Water damage claims are growing
according to the American Insurance Association.
How does water damage occur?
Water damage occurs through a variety of ways including natural disasters, HVAC (Heating, Ventilation,
and Air Conditioning units) issues, faulty appliances, bursting or leaking pipes, plumbing failure, and
Many property owners believe that they can clean up the water damage and quickly move on. They
mistakenly open windows, use fans and try to dry out the area naturally. But this isn’t enough. With the
humidity in Florida, ventilation may cause more damage than help. Property owners also don’t have the
industrial fans and dehumidifiers needed to do the job correctly.
After property owners clean the flooded areas, they often begin repairing the area. They think the
home is ready to be repaired and is moisture-free. Some property owners don’t realize most of the
damage is hidden. Problems such as mold growth, insect issues, and major wood damage can be hidden
poisons even after everything looks dry and clean. Rebuilding too quickly after flooding or water
damage can cause more problems. By not completely drying out the area, your property can be
damaged even more than the initial problem. There is also a health risk for families, visitors and pets.
What do you need to do to clean up the damage?
The first step is to remove any standing water. This is done through a variety of ways but usually
involves some type of suction or vacuum for liquids. Once the water is removed, you need to remove
the moisture from all areas. You may have to remove other items like the baseboards, walls and more.
You should use industrial fans, industrial dehumidifiers, and spray down areas with disinfectant to kill
existing mold and fungi.
Dry out will depend on the extent of the damage and saturation as well as how long the property has
been exposed to water. Properties that are flooded may only take 2-3 days to dry out while others can
take as long as 5 days or more.
How do you know if it’s safe?
You may not be able to see the complete damage that was done by the water. In addition to the initial
assessment, you will need to monitor to make sure the area is completely dry, and you are safe.
Monitoring is key to your home and family’s safety. As mentioned previously, the most dangerous areas
are usually hidden. People think they are safe to start building or safe to stay in the building. The
deadliest part of the flood is often what happens after – the effects of mold and fungi on health is
The best way to know you are safe is to hire an expert that specializes in the cleanup of water damage.
Water dry out professionals have the tools, experience and expertise that allow them to completely dry
out the area as well as inspect for hidden damage.