From Carlsbad to Chula Vista, we have a whole lot of experience helping clients with flood and water damage restoration in the greater San Diego area. Water and flood damage can be an insidious aggressor to your home, penetrating deep into its unseen surfaces and causing damage behind the scenes that result in costly repairs later — even if you think you’ve taken care of the problem.
Some clients have much worse water damage than others, and this is usually due to a common cause — they are misinformed about the realities of flood and water damage, and thus they don’t take the precautions that are necessary to mitigate it.
In fact, water damage can be severely disastrous for your home, and it will serve you well to know the facts. In this blog post, we’re going to dispel some of the more common myths and misconceptions about home water damage. If you’ve been believing in any of these, now is the time to stop buying into them!
Myth: Call Your Insurance Companies First
We get it — when you get blasted by a flood, the first thing on your mind is recovering what you’ve lost, and looking towards insurance to potentially save you from a veritable financial disaster.
But hold the phone! Before you call them, you should call your local home restoration company first. A team of professionals that are trained in water damage restoration can conduct expert service on your home, mitigating the water damage by an enormous amount before you even have to call your insurance company.
Believe it or not, it’s possible to salvage a lot from a flood, and if you have a team of professionals reduce the damage first, your insurance company is going to be much more likely to play ball with you.
Aside from that, this is also important because the consequences of water damage only grow worse and worse the more you sit on it. Water will deeply penetrate the most hidden cavities in your home and left alone, it’ll start to develop mold and mildew — those are a whole different kind of mess to clean up.
Myth: You’ll Save Money Taking Care of It By Yourself
There are certain jobs where it’s more economically feasible to do something on your own, usually at the cost of your own time instead. We’ll give you that, but in the overwhelming number of cases, water damage repair and restoration does not fall into this category.
In almost every single instance, you’ll end up spending more doing the job yourself than professionals would. First of all, flood damage repair isn’t just a question of removing all the water from your floor. If you’ve managed to remove all the water, there’s still a whole lot of it hiding in your walls and foundations, and getting this out isn’t simple — you’ll not only need professional drying equipment, you’ll need to know what machines to use, where to use them, and how to diagnose the extent of the damage throughout your entire home. This isn’t easy when a lot of the damage is unseen to the naked eye.
And then there’s the issue of time. Doing the job yourself takes more time by an order of magnitude, and guess what happens in the meantime? It gets worse. Water damage is frustrating because the more you let it sit, the more work you’re creating for yourself. Even if you finish the job yourself, your home may have developed mold or mildew in that time. And you’re either going to have to take care of that or call professionals for those services, which will, you guessed it, cost you more money in the long run.
If you’re in or around the greater San Diego or Riverside areas, ServiceMaster Absolute will be happy to be your go-to company for water damage and flood repair, as well as any other home or commercial restoration you might be needing.
Myth: All Floods Are Created Equal
There are several different ways that your home or commercial building can be flooded, and they essentially boil down to two categories — internal and external. External flooding is usually caused by excessive runaway water that makes its way into your home, generally caused by relentless rainstorms. If you’re unfortunate enough to be in a flooding basin, you might just have a small pond by the time the rain has subsided.
Internal flooding is usually caused by leaks or breakages in your own plumbing systems. In a best-case scenario, your “normal” water floods the area, such as the stuff that’s used in your dishwasher or washing machine. In a worst-case scenario, it’s sewage, and sewage is bad — very, very bad.
The point we’re trying to make is that different types of floods require different procedures (another reason why you should call a professional instead of doing the job yourself). If you have a sewage flood on your hands, for example, almost everything it touches will have to be removed or disposed of. External flooding is a case-by-case basis. It could be “safe” water, or it could be tainted by other external elements, necessitating the removal of your things similar to sewage water.
Unless you spend your spare time reading trade manuals on home restoration, you’ll probably need professional consultation on how to deal with your water damage.
Myth: You Can Relax Once The Water is Gone
A lot of people make the mistake of assuming that the job is all done once the water in your home has been completely removed. Even when you get rid of the hard stuff, the stuff that insidiously accumulates in your walls and floors, you haven’t completely finished the job.
In reality, it’s prudent and necessary to give everything in your home a sanitation treatment. Even if the water is seemingly gone, the threat of mold and mildew is real, and can often come as a nasty surprise after a water damage restoration job.
To truly prevent the worst from happening, you should sanitize, disinfect, and treat your furniture and personal items with anti-fungicide treatments. This is relatively cheap and easy compared to the amount that professional mold removal can cost you, so make sure you’ve finished the job until the very end!
Call ServiceMaster Absolute For Water Damage Restoration
Whatever you end up doing, it’s incredibly important to always call a disaster restoration company in the event of a flood. If you’re in the San Diego or Riverside counties, we are that company. We’ve served an incredible variety of clients in many cities. San Diego proper, Chula Vista, La Mesa, Coronado, La Jolla, Escondido, Vista, Carlsbad, Riverside — you name it, and we will be there. What are you waiting for? Contact us today!