When your home is damaged by water, whether from a storm, flood, or plumbing issue, you need immediate water removal to minimize the damage. NICS of Charlotte specializes in water removal and cleanup, as well as the restoration of water-damaged homes. We can help you get your home back to normal quickly and efficiently.
The residential water damage on your property will be thoroughly assessed by our team of customer-focused professionals. Next, we’ll help you understand the depth of severity for the damaged areas of your home so you can make well-informed decisions about restoring your property back to its original condition. Our highly qualified team uses the most up-to-date technology to detect moisture hiding beneath surfaces and extract any remaining standing water.
Ignoring water damage will cause more significant problems down the line, including mold, fungal spores, or bacteria. Immediate treatment is essential to avoid further destruction. Here are some major risks of untreated water damage.
Once water damage has occurred in your home, the likelihood of mold growth skyrockets. In only 1-5 days after being exposed, mold can form and begin to spread throughout your home. All surfaces are susceptible to attack by these spores, regardless of the material they're made out of. The quicker you take action after water damage occurs, the less destruction will result. The faster these bacteria reproduce, the more harm they will cause.
Mold damage should be removed immediately, as some mold types can release neurotoxins into the air which are linked with severe respiratory disorders. Air exchange vents and other debris should be cleaned up to prevent any additional airborne threats.
If water damage is left untreated, you're risking your health as dirty water could lead to dangerous diseases, such as typhoid or dysentery. These may include diseases of the brain, lungs, or kidneys.
Not only can contaminate water cause problems with your immune system, making it harder to fight off infections, but it may also lead to headaches or a constant fever. If your drinking water is contaminated, you are also opening yourself up to other diseases, such as cholera, diarrhea, and vomiting. Typhoid fever produces a rash on the body which can be accompanied by mouth sores. Leptospirosis causes acute inflammation and fever that if left untreated can lead to problems with breathing.
Water exposure can cause mold to grow, and as the mold grows, bacteria will start to form. These bacteria thrive on mold, so they will reproduce quickly. The foundation of the house may also weaken due to external factors, such as water penetration depth and time spent within the building. This can cause further structural damage outside of the walls on higher levels.
Among the several causes of water damage are clogging of gutters and clogged drains, exposure of water supply lines, leakage from water pipes, dysfunctional appliances, and septic tank or bathtub overflow. Many homeowners don't realize the destructive potential of water damage from storms or hurricanes. FEMA reports that 85% of flood victims experience extensive damage to their home's interior and exterior, including structural integrity. The water usually contains sand and other elements that can destroy most materials found inside the house.
Pests like cockroaches, silverfish, carpenter ants, and beetles are attracted to standing water and may invade your home. In search of water, rodents may also invade your home. After water damage, sometimes earwigs and moths can be seen inside the house. Additionally, drain flies prefer moist homes and will leave wet messes wherever they go.
Pest infestation can often go undetected until it's too late. One of the first signs of an issue is wet insulation or carpeting. If you hear any scratching sounds coming from your walls, there's a good chance you have an infestation.
Although you may not see any bugs, insects could come into your home through cracks and crevices in water damaged windows. If this occurs, repairs must be done as soon as possible to prevent further damage.
The presence of water can make your home vulnerable to electric shocks. This is especially true in older homes with outdated wiring systems or faulty electrical devices. If the wiring gets wet, it could cause an electrical short that may result in a fire or electrocution.
Water can also cause oxidation, leading to leaks in your pipes or even shorted-out wires if not fixed immediately by a professional. Never attempt to fix any damaged electrical work yourself! Touching an extension cord with your bare hands when they're wet can lead to electrical shock or even electrocution.
If you have any interior water damage in your home, identify the source of it and immediately take steps to prevent it from happening again if possible. If you think the damage is too extensive for you or cannot figure out where it's coming from, reach out to a water damage restoration specialist.
NICS of Charlotte is a professional water damage restoration company. We have years of experience in the industry and are knowledgeable in the latest technologies and restoration methods. We understand that water damage can be a stressful and overwhelming experience, which is why we will walk you through every step of the process, from assessment and estimation to completion. NICS of Charlotte's water damage repair and restoration procedure includes the following steps loss assessment and evaluation, water sanitary categorization, water damage classification, water damage cleanup, drying process, structural and contents restoration, monitoring, and completion. We understand that each situation is unique, which is why we will tailor our approach to your specific needs. Contact NICS of Charlotte today for all your water damage restoration needs.