Water can cause significant damage to your Layton property in a very short amount of time. Because of the fluidity of water, it can easily, and quickly, spread and permeates everything it comes into contact with. What may start out as a seemingly small leak can turn into drastic flooding in no time at all. To prevent water damage from spreading and additional problems from forming, water damage must be addressed quickly. The longer water and moisture are allowed to sit in your home,the worse the damage will be and the longer the repair process will be.
The two biggest risk factors following water damage are mold growth and
compromised structural integrity. Since mold growth can begin in as little as 24 to 48 hours following water damage, it is imperative that water damage repair begins as quickly as possible. Mold requires three things in order to grow; a food source, moisture, time. Our homes provide ideal circumstances and food sources for mold. Porous materials used in the structural elements of our homes (like wood, drywall, insulation, and carpet padding) are all great sources of food for mold. When water damage occurs, and all of these sources become saturated with water, that excess moisture will provide the ideal requirements for mold to grow. With moisture now present, along with a good source of food, all mold needs to grow is a
little time (24 hours to be exact). Timing is critical in mitigating further water damage and stopping mold growth and spread. With prompt action following water damage, coupled with quick extraction and thorough drying, the risk of harmful mold growth is significantly decreased.
Mold found inside out homes poses a huge health risk. Mold produces and spreads through microscopic spores that travel through the very air we breathe. When mold spores are inhaled and ingested, they can cause a lot of respiratory problems such as: coughing, sneezing, sore throat, sinus congestion, runny nose, irritation to eyes, skin rashes and sensitivity, fatigue, headaches, and worsened asthmatic symptoms to those with asthma or other respiratory diseases. Prolonged mold exposure can
lead to more serious health threats like shortness of breath and severe allergic reactions or anaphylactic shock. Because mold can be detrimental to our health, the best way to prevent mold growth is to begin the cleanup process as quickly as possible following water damage.
Along with the possible threats that mold growth presents, lingering water damage can also compromise the very structural integrity of your home. Floors, walls, and ceilings are all made up of those porous materials we talked about earlier. The problem with water damage is that it deeply penetrates inside walls, under floorboards, and through ceilings leaving everything it comes into contact with exposed to excess moisture. As these materials are introduced to water, and with prolong exposure, they will begin to absorb what they can. Moisture absorbed by wood, other flooring materials, sheet rock, insulation, carpet, and structural elements will begin to cause swelling, break down, bowing, peeling, cracking, and deterioration of the material. With this excess water and moisture threatening these
structural elements, water damage problems continue to compound meaning that repair processes and expenses will increase exponentially the longer water damage is allowed to sit.
Swift Restoration understands how serious water damage is, and knows how important it is to respond swiftly (see what we did there?). With the right equipment, training, and accessibility, Swift Restoration is able to perform successful water extraction and removal, along with thorough drying to ensure that your water damage is repaired quickly and correctly. Do not waste any time when it comes to water damage repair in Layton and call Swift Restoration right away.