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Common Secondary Damages from Water in Your Home or Business
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When your home or business experiences water damage, the primary concern is always to make sure the water is dried as quickly as possible. This is not only because the water will continue to cause damage on its own the longer it sits, but also because the longer water is in your property the more likely you’ll be to also experience secondary damages. To better understand these risks, here are a few of the most common secondary damages that happen due to water in a structure.
- Corrosion – When water is left to sit in a building, or water leaves a lingering high humidity, metal components of the building can start to deteriorate. This exposure is called corrosion or rust, which causes the materials to weaken or in the worst cases can cause your building to be structurally unsound. Additionally, corrosion on the outsides of the pipes in your building can cause them to fail thus creating even more water damage.
- Electrical Damage – One of the first things you learn about electricity is that water and electricity do NOT mix. Exposed wires, electrical outlets, and appliances are all at risk with water present. In some cases of severe water damage, the fire department may turn off the electricity to the building to prevent any dangers due to this.
- Mold Growth – Probably the most common secondary issue to deal with due to water damage is mold growth. It’s almost inevitable due to the fact that mold colonies can start to form in as little as 24 hours. Fortunately, when using a professional restoration company like SERVPRO of Central Tulsa, we will clean and treat the surfaces of your building when we remove the water to help combat this.
Secondary damages are not always the most obvious but can still cause some serious damage to your property. That’s why when you experience water damage it’s best to let a professional company handle the cleanup and restoration. Our team has the experience and technology to help ensure that there is no moisture left behind or hidden in the walls, and that your water loss will be handled in the most efficient and effective way possible. We’re available 24/7/365 for emergency services and are always here to help.
Mitigation vs Restoration vs Remediation - What's the Difference?
Drying equipment in a second-story game room affected by a water heater leak
When there is a water damage issue at a residential or commercial property, you will often hear the terms “Mitigation, Restoration or Remediation” being used. While they seem like they may be similar that actually mean very different things:
Mitigation – reducing the severity, seriousness or painfulness of something
Restoration – returning something to a former condition
Remediation – the act of remedying or correcting something, usually cleaning up, reversing or stopping environmental damage
When using the term “Mitigation” in a water damage situation, it is referring to extracting water and drying out the structure or contents so no further damage can occur. Water is very invasive and can get into just about any area of a home and cause damage. This can not only be in the form of direct water but also secondary damage from high humidity. The sooner water can be removed and humidity brought down to normal levels, the better chance of salvaging more contents and structure.
When the term “Restoration” is used, it is referring to restoring the property or contents to its pre-water damage state. This can mean new paint, new floor, replacing baseboards, etc. Making it look like the water damage never even happened.
When the term “Remediation” is used in a water damage circumstance, it is normally referring to killing and/or removing mold that may have formed. Mold can cause a variety of issues for a homeowner. It is important to get it taken care of so the structure can be safely reoccupied.
It you have water damage and need mitigation, restoration, or remediation assistance, please give SERVPRO of Central Tulsa a call at (918) 271-5922.
Need to Remove Water Damage from a Tulsa Residence?
SERVPRO provides advanced drying equipment like this LGR-low grain refrigerant dehumidifier to mitigate Central Tulsa water damage
SERVPRO of Central Tulsa Water Removal Technicians Offer 24/7 Mitigation
Regardless of the time of year, Tulsa properties are vulnerable to water damage from structural or appliance issues that can happen seemingly out of nowhere, much to the frustration of homeowners. As a result, water–and eventually microbial growth–can potentially affect a home’s safety, indoor air quality, and the structural integrity of materials like drywall.
Extensively trained SERVPRO of Central Tulsa restoration technicians respond to cleanup calls 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This service includes weekends and holidays so community members can minimize home water damage while maximizing restoration potential for structures and contents.
Why Does Water Damage Smell?
Moisture tends to carry a distinctive, musty smell that is easily recognizable. However, Tulsa homeowners curious about this malodor’s origins should know the following:
- The smell does not come from the moisture itself but from bacteria or microbial growth in the water
- Mold and other microbes can spread enough to emit a noticeable odor in as little as 24- to 48 hours after water damage occurs
- Microbes thrive on a combination of relative humidity levels above 60%, lacking or inconsistent air circulation, warm temperatures, and availability of organic materials
Local SERVPRO professionals can remediate potential microbial growth and odors with commercial-grade water restoration services. Staff and franchise owners also undergo thorough training. They can pursue self-paced education modules about water damage’s effects and implement effective remediation strategies.
SERVPRO Water Mitigation Services Go Beyond Cleanup and Odor Control
SERVPRO techs’ water removal services focus primarily on safety and a restoration-first approach where possible. Some materials, like waterlogged sheetrock, are often easier and more economical to replace than simply clean and dry. Other items, like fiberglass insulation, can often be cleaned, dried, and restored successfully in a residential water damage scenario.
- Water damage remediation technicians can expel moisture from surfaces with the help of 3-system extraction units. Most surfaces on a property only require the vacuum system, but the heater and pump systems are also available for implementation during the cleaning of upholstery and carpeting
- Axial and centrifugal air movers work with low-grain refrigerant or desiccant dehumidifiers to remove, isolate, and collect moisture for disposal in a treated sewer
- Porous materials impacted by water and microbes can be treated with hydroxyl generators, which use ultraviolet light to eliminate odor-causing bacteria
- EPA-registered biocides double as sanitation and, to a lesser extent, odor control, especially when used in tandem with water damage deodorizing solutions
- SERVPRO of Central Tulsa restoration technicians can also implement build-back services after water cleanup that include drywall repairs, HVAC cleaning, and repairing tile flooring
SERVPRO professionals ensure that the water damage restoration process is successful with careful inspection and analysis with calibrated penetrating and non-penetrating sensors and meters. Potential damage behind walls and ceilings can also be detected with the help of thermal imaging cameras that can pinpoint changes in temperature consistent with wall cavity moisture exposure.
SERVPRO of Central Tulsa can be reached at (918) 271-5922 for comprehensive, emergency-response repair and restoration services.
24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service
SERVPRO of Central Tulsa is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.
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We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Central Tulsa has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.
What to Expect
When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.
Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:
- Your name and contact information
- Your insurance information (if applicable)
- The street address of the water-damaged home or business
- When did the flooding or water damage occur?
- What caused the water damage (if known)?
- Is there electricity available (on-site)?
About SERVPRO of Central Tulsa
SERVPRO of Central Tulsa specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.
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