When most people think of emergencies, they don’t think about water damage. However, at United Fire & Water, we are no strangers to the threat of water damage on personal and commercial property. While we depend on water to live, when water damages our homes and property in Baton Rouge, it is definitely an emergency and water extraction must begin right away to avoid any further damages. When it comes to emergency water extraction, timing is key to a successful restoration. Here are just a few reasons why timing is so important concerning emergency water extraction.
Mold can begin growing in as little as 24 hours following water damage. Mold needs three things in order to grow:
- A food source,
Homes are full of food sources for mold. Porous materials like wood, drywall, and even dust are all great sources of food for mold. When water damage occurs in our homes, all of these potential sources absorb moisture. Since a food source and moisture cannot be avoided once water damage has occurred, the one thing you can remove from mold growth is time. This is why timing is so critical in emergency water extraction. With prompt action following water damage, the growth of dangerous molds is significantly decreased.
Mold growth found in homes can be very dangerous to your health. Mold reproduces and grows through spores that cannot be seen by the naked eye. If mold spores are ingested or inhaled, they can cause a lot of respiratory problems including:
- Irritation to the eyes, nose and throat
Since mold spores travel through the air, they can affect the air quality throughout the entire home, not just in the area that sustained water damage. When mold has been present for extended periods of time, it can pose more serious health threats such as:
- Allergic reactions
- Shortness of breath
- Sinus infections
Because mold can pose such serious health threats, the best way to prevent mold growth is to begin the emergency water extraction process as quickly as possible following any type of water damage.
Besides mold growth, lingering water damage will also lead to increased damage of the materials that are wet. Floors, walls, sheetrock, and insulation are all made up of porous materials. When these materials are introduced to water, they begin to absorb the moisture. This moisture can cause swelling, deterioration, break down, and loss of integrity in the structural components of your home. Items such as furniture, carpets, and bedding will deteriorate more quickly the longer they are exposed to water. Your water damage problems will most likely compound, and repair expenses will increase exponentially by failing to act quickly when water damage affects your home.
Emergency Water Extraction In Baton Rouge
When it comes to water damage clean up in Baton Rouge and surrounding areas,