How To Avoid Unsafe, Incomplete Water Damage Restoration

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From seeping leaks to shocking floods, water damage brings confusion and uncertainty into your life. Within a short period of time, you can be faced with an uninhabitable home and lots of new worries. 

We want to help Twin Cities homeowners get their lives back to normal as quickly as possible, making sure that the restoration of your property is safe and complete. Those last two terms, safe and complete, are very important to us. In our water damage restoration processes, we always want to avoid work that is unsafe or incomplete. 

To help Minneapolis homeowners understand the complex process of water damage restoration, check out our guidelines below:

How To Avoid Unsafe Water Damage Restoration 

From storms to sewage back-ups to burst pipes, there are many ways that your home can get damaged by water. In order to keep your loved ones safe, here are two water damage response choices to avoid. 

Don’t Try to Clean Up Extensive Water Damage Yourself 

Aside from small, clean-water messes that you stop right away, you should not try to clean up water damage yourself. You may be dealing with unsafe water. Most St. Paul homeowners don’t have the equipment or knowledge needed to even determine the extent of the damage, and the clean-up and monitoring processes are even more complex.

Avoid Working with An Inexperienced Restoration Team 

As you will be trusting them with your home and its valuable contents, it’s important to work with a skilled restoration company. Here are three ways that you can evaluate your options and choose the right partner. 

  • Look for a water restoration company with experience and resources. You can ask them questions about their time in business and team training, read reviews online, and ask for references. 
  • Response time is critical. The faster you start the water damage clean up, the better the results will be. A company that offers 24/7 emergency response options is essential. 
  • Documentation matters. Make sure that your contractor takes photographs before, after, and during their work: regular images, 3D Imaging, and thermal imaging. Showing what was damaged and how it was restored is an important part of the insurance claims process. When dealing with water damage claims, your restoration contractor should also do moisture testing with documented readings throughout the process.

Problems That Incomplete Water Damage Restoration Can Cause

If you do try to clean up water damage yourself, or work with an unsatisfactory contractor, the water damage restoration process will most likely be incomplete. This is dangerous for several reasons – here is what you need to know.

Invisible Water Damage 

It’s easy to see things like collapsed ceilings and warped floors, but a lot of water damage occurs where you cannot see it. Drywall, insulation, wood, plaster, and even your electrical and hvac systems can all have hidden water damage. If your contractor does not completely dry out these hard to reach areas of your home, you can count on more issues in the future. 

Potential Mold Growth

Mold can start growing within hours after water damage occurs, threatening both your property and your health. To successfully stop mold growth, you must remove all the moisture from the damaged area. An experienced, reputable mold remediation company will be able to explain all of the processes involved, from moisture monitoring to accurate mold level testing. 

More Expensive Repairs in the Future 

Water damage that is not completely restored will cause much more damage in the future. Residual water and moisture can rot wood and damage electrical systems, impacting everything from surfaces to the structural integrity of your home. 

Protect Your Loved Ones And Your Investment: Partner With Green Clean 

After your home or business has suffered from serious water damage, you may be feeling vulnerable and unsure what to do next. At Green Clean, we are committed to putting our knowledge and experience to work for you. We respond 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with a strong team and advanced industry equipment. We are always happy to share references from our past customers, and carefully document every step of our processes. 

When you work with a company that can execute a safe and complete water damage restoration process, your Minneapolis property will be protected from invisible damage and mold that can cause bigger problems in the future. We understand that water damage restoration is a stressful experience for homeowners, and we are here to help. Contact us today to learn more. 

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