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Water Damage In Your House: 5 Reasons Why Every Second Counts


Whether you walk in and discover water running inside your home, or you’ve been watching floodwaters creeping higher and higher until they cross your threshold, water damage can be a devastating experience. But if you waste the critical first hours after finding a leak in your home or realizing that you have a home flooding issue, you allow that moisture to spread and do far more extensive and long-lasting damage.  

Instead, be proactive and call the West Michigan water damage and home restoration experts here at Amber Valley Construction. We offer professional West Michigan water damage control and mitigation, bringing in more hands with the right equipment and knowledge to help evaluate your situation, protect your home, and start your repairs and restoration work as quickly as possible.

But how can we help, really, and why specifically is it so important that you get a team on-site and working for you as soon as possible?

1. Stopping or Containing the Problem At The Source

The sooner you get professionals on the scene, the sooner we can help evaluate the situation and figure out exactly what the problem is and how to deal with it.

After all, water damage can stem from a wide variety of different sources, from burst or leaky pipes to ground water, broken appliances, tub or sink overflows, or storms. And once water has spread, it can flow through unexpected paths and interact with many different materials including your home’s electrical system.

In fact, depending on your situation and where the water is, it’s possible that only a professional will be able to identify the true scope of the problem and come up with a plan to deal with it effectively.

2. Not All Water Is the Same, And Not All Water Is Safe

When it comes to home water damage there are three different classifications used to describe the specific type of water you might be facing, as well as its danger.

  • Class 1 water is clean water, non-contaminated, and safe in terms of waterborne chemicals and pathogens. If you have a broken water line, appliance, or faucet, this is probably the water you’re looking at.
  • Class 2 water is Gray Water, which is defined as water with some level of contamination from either harsh chemicals or potentially dangerous bacteria.
  • Class 3 water is Black water, water carrying disease causing pathogens, microorganisms, and other contaminants that can be dangerous to deal with and highly destructive if allowed to spread inside the home.

Water driven into the home by floods or backed-up sewer lines is considered black water, and both black and gray water should be handled by professionals.

But even if you’re dealing with clean water, it’s important to understand that the longer it is allowed to sit, flow, and soak in, the greater the chance that your water will deteriorate from clean, to gray, to even potentially black.

So, no matter what you’re dealing with, take quick action!

3. Mold Grows Fast

How fast does mold grow? Depending on the temperature and given wet, indoor, water damaged conditions, mold of many different species can set in, spread, and explode in as little as 24 to 48 hours. And once mold takes hold, it can be very difficult to be rid of it.

Mold will spread across all damp surfaces, especially in places where you can’t see it. The space under your floor, cracks and cervices, cushions or other furniture, and the inside space of your walls can all soon harbor a growing, thriving ecosystem that can persist for years to come and release millions of spores into your home’s air circulation unless it is dealt with promptly and comprehensively.

All this means that the first two days after your home is exposed to water are critically important, as this is your window to stop mold before it gets a foothold.

Fortunately, professional mold removal services are available here in West Michigan, no matter how bad the situation has become.

4. Water Will Compromise Your Home’s Structure

Even passing exposure to flowing or standing water can cause cosmetic damage to paint, furniture, carpets, or rugs. But more serious is the danger water poses to appliances and electrical wires and those working around them.

But even this can pale in comparison to the amount of damage water can do to ANY home surface if it’s given even a few hours to sit and soak and soak in. Drywall, flooring, framing, ceilings, subfloors, and wood elements all across the home can swell, warp, buckle, and rot if the water is not quickly removed, and the longer the water is allowed to set in, the more extensive the damage to your home’s superstructure will become.

But with a quick response and professional-grade pumps, fans, and dehumidifiers, much of this deep structural damage can be avoided, and dealt with proactively if any does occur.

5. You’ll Need a Place to Stay

Homeowners insurance can pay for temporary housing and other expenses if your home was damaged and you are unable to stay while it is being triaged, dried, and restored. But dealing with insurance while also trying to process an in-home disaster can be a complex and taxing process for anyone.

But our team has experience in just these types of situations, and we’re happy to help work with you and your insurance company to keep the process moving so you and your family are taken care of.

And the sooner we get started, the better off you and your family will be.

Call Today!

If your West Michigan home is harmed by flooding, leaky pipes, overflows, or water damage of any kind, don’t delay.

Call the Grand Rapid water and mold remediation specialists at Amber Valley Construction and let us help you put your home back together the right way.

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