Over the years, several myths about water damage repair and restoration have been unknowingly passed around as truth. As these false beliefs are perpetuated, they create a society that is undereducated on water damage, and as a result, is more susceptible to handling floods and water damage repair incorrectly. Because of this, All Brite Cleaning & Restoration serving Laconia and surrounding areas have debunked three water damage repair myths for you.
Myth 1: The first thing you should do when your property has water damage is call your insurance company.
In reality, you do not have to call your insurance company first thing. In fact, you probably shouldn’t call them first. Instead, call a local water damage cleanup and repair company to assist you in restoring your property to its original state. Time is of the essence when you’re dealing with water damage, so it’s important that you start the necessary repair and restoration process as soon as possible after you notice the damage. When you call the insurance company first, you delay cleanup which can ultimately lead to an increase in damage. Plus, many water damage repair companies will help you assess the damage your property has undergone and then help make a claim, making the entire insurance process for you much easier.
Myth 2: Your property will be fine if you just wait for the water to dry.
The chances that your property will just dry itself and then the problem will be completely gone are slim to nothing. In virtually every circumstance, leaving your water damage unaddressed will increase the problem, not decrease it. In some water damage cases, water may still be flowing from its source to the damaged area and continuing to damage it. Consequently, as you try to wait for the water to dry on its own, it never will because the water in that area is continually increasing. Additionally, the longer you let the water sit, the greater chance you have of mold growing and intensifying the damage to your property.
Even if the water appears to have dried up, your home or business is likely still experiencing some hidden structural damage from the water. Structural damage to your property can also be harmful if you do not address and repair it quickly. Because of this, you should always address the damage immediately.
Myth 3: You can save money by repairing water damage yourself.
The myth that your DIY job will cut it and even save you money when repairing water damage is a popular belief, but also not truthful. Ultimately, you do not have the knowledge, experience, and equipment necessary to completely clean up and restore your property after water damage. Therefore, when you try to repair the damage yourself, you may unknowingly cut a few corners, leaving your property still damaged and increasing the likelihood of water damage to it in the future. Through calling a professional water damage restoration company, you not only gain the peace of mind that the cleanup is being done correctly, but you also end up saving money in the long run because when the damage is correctly repaired, any future damage is prevented. If you live in Laconia, contact All Brite Cleaning & Restoration to assist you in the restoration process.
Ridding yourself of these false beliefs is the first step towards becoming equipped to handle any water damage issues you may have. Through abandoning these three water damage myths, you’re can have the comfort of knowing you’re prepared for any water damage that may come your way.