If an unexpected flood, broken pipe, fire or some other kind of disaster hits your house, the consequences may be catastrophic. It is difficult to know what to do, and where to pick up the pieces. If there is considerable damage to your home, it can be overwhelming to think of the cleanup process. You may wonder if you should do the cleanup yourself in order to save the cost of hiring a professional. How tough could this be? In fact, after a disaster the cleanup and the restore process are a huge job. It’s not as simple as the job at DIY. There are many factors to consider, and there are many hidden dangers that can get worse if not handled correctly. Here are the reasons why a professional restoration company is best hired after a disaster has hit your home.
Damage From Smoke and Fire
On the surface the damage to smoke does not seem so bad. You may presume you might use a household cleaner to get rid of any marks or stains. The danger of smoke damage, though, is not necessarily about what you can see but what you can not see. Particles of smoke are very fine, and have a knack to settle into your home’s small crack and cracks. If the burnt smell is not removed, it can linger in your home for a long time, and in some cases permanently. Additionally, the particles of smoke may irritate your lungs and cause health problems if not properly cleaned.
Respiratory problems are highly associated with damage to smoke that has been improperly treated. It can be very difficult to know which areas of your home have been damaged by smoke. This is the due to very fine smoke particles that can be invisible to the naked eye. You may be inhaling soot and smoke particles with every breath you take. They contain toxic elements which can cause serious damage to your lungs. You may notice you coughing or wheezing for no reason whatsoever. The exposure to smoke has even been associated with lung disease and other chronic lung conditions.
Also eye irritation can result from exposure to smoke. Fine particles of smoke can cause your eyes to feel a sensation of burning. The eyes can swell in some extreme cases and this can affect your vision. If this happens seek medical attention.
Flood Damage, Cleanup, and Water Restoration
Floods can cause considerable damage to your house. Not only do they have the ability to saturate and destroy your home and its content, they also threaten it with secondary damage such as damage to molds. Once the water has disappeared, you may assume that moping and drying are sufficient to keep the damage at bay, but depending on the extent of the damage your home may need more. A professional restore company can accurately assess the damage and create the most effective mitigation plan to make your home a home again. Quickly addressing water damage greatly reduces the occurrence of secondary damage.
Water damage left unaddressed can cause mold damage which can occur after water infiltration in less than 48 hours. Drywall and flooring due to their porous materials, are particularly susceptible to water damage. A professional restore company can ensure all building materials in your home are thoroughly and efficiently cleaned to minimize how much of your property needs to be discarded or replaced.
Mold is silent and often rears its ugly head after it has flooded. If all the moisture isn’t completely removed, mold can easily develop, multiply and infest your home. As it grows it releases spores into the air which the house’s occupants can inhale. These spores can cause severe health problems, particularly for those who already have respiratory problems like asthma. People with allergies, infants, and children are particularly at risk of mold damage too. Every inch of the flooded area needs to be properly dried and sanitized to prevent the mold from prospering.
Whether you’ve suffered fire, flood or other natural disaster damage, safety should always be the number one concern. If you haven’t had a professional assessment of the damage to your home, there could be a ticking time bomb in your home just waiting to cause havoc. It might be that during flooding, your floor was weakened and it could collapse at any moment. Not to mention the damaging effect that mold or smoke exposure has on your health. Your roof can be left vulnerable after a storm and a quick repair could be all you need to avoid extreme and costly damage. Having a professional clean your home properly and restore it will help keep you and your family safe.
It is both upsetting and stressful enough to have your home damaged by a natural disaster or fire. When you think you may be able to do it yourself, it can be hard to think about spending money on repairs and restoration. The money should however be regarded as an investment. You invest in yourself and your family’s health and safety, in the structural integrity of your home, and in the content within. If you were affected by the disaster, call a professional today to get your home quickly restored.