Time - A Terrible Enemy!
When water-related disaster strikes, it "always"
seems to happen at the most inappropriate time. Whether
it is a broken water pipe, burst hot water heater, sudden
storm damage, vandalism, or a fire-Time Is Your Enemy!
If professional restoration services are not performed
in a timely manner, damage and the costs-to-restore
will often increase exponentially as each day passes.
Drywall can often be dried; carpeting and pad can be
dried and cleaned; hardwood flooring can be dried; and
furniture and other content items can be dried and cleaned.
The key to the restoration is rapid response by a professional
restoration specialist who is qualified to perform the
mitigation services in a professional manner. Such professional
response can help you contain your costs and alleviate
a multitude of problems that might be encountered throughout
During a disaster-induced trauma, many homeowners can
become confused and distraught and often feel they are
in a very vulnerable position. A professional restoration
specialist knows this and is able to help the distraught
homeowner. He/she can help educate the homeowner by
continually keeping them informed about what work needs
to be performed during the mitigation and repair process.
The goal is to return the property to its pre-loss condition
as quickly as possible. Communication is an important
part of the process. To prevent problems from arising,
a professional restorer will assure that all parties
involved will be informed in a timely manner of the
progress and any concerns of the loss.
More and more people have become aware of the potential
health risks created when water-damaged structures are
not dried out quickly and correctly. Mold may be responsible
for a "sick building syndrome," allergic reactions,
and other health problems. Mold growth is often invisible
to the naked eye and confined to crawlspaces, the interior
of wall and ceiling cavities, HVAC ducting, and other
inaccessible locations. Most molds require high levels
of moisture during initial growth but can mature and
reproduce at much lower moisture levels. A professional
restoration specialist can help prevent mold growth
by providing rapid response and efficient drying utilizing
the most appropriate, state-of-the-art equipment for
the job. Moisture must be removed before mold gets established.
If mold has already established a foothold, a professional
restorer will be able to take the necessary actions
and steps to prevent further contamination and to eliminate
the problem. He/she has trained personnel that are able
to mitigate the damage properly and quickly since they
know that time is the enemy!
Mold growth is not the only concern with water-damaged
structures. Rapid response by a professional restoration
firm that has been properly trained and equipped can
help to prevent other problems. Furniture stains; color
bleeding or transfer in fabrics; cracking, splitting
or warping of furniture components; rusting in metals;
corrosion of electronic components; and secondary damage
to wallpaper, photos, papers, upholstery, drapery and
clothing are a few of the potential problems that need
to be addressed as rapidly as possible. A trained, professional
restoration specialist can prevent these concerns with
a timely, rapid response.
Fire or smoke damage to property, regardless of the
"size" of the fire, also requires an immediate
response. Soot residue is highly acidic and can cause
irreversible damage if it is not treated as an emergency.
Soot residue can cause the metal in doorknobs, plumbing
fixtures, light fixtures, etc., to pit or corrode. Glass
in windows, mirrors, and cabinets can be etched by soot
residue, causing them to look cloudy and soiled. Plastics,
appliances, vinyl windows and fabrics can be discolored
by soot residue. A properly trained professional restoration
specialist can inspect for these problems and is able
to perform the necessary actions to prevent damage from
Another area of concern in all disaster restoration
situations must be safety and security. Windows and
doors may be compromised. Valuable possessions may be
at risk for secondary damage. The collapse of wet and
damaged materials (heavier when wet and weaker when
damaged), electrical issues (mixing of electric and
water can be hazardous to your health), and liabilities
from slips and falls are all concerns in a disaster
setting. A trained professional restorer will be able
to identify these perils and respond appropriately to
eliminate these risks.
Professional restoration specialists must be experts
in handling all structural components and content items
in the event of water, smoke, fire, or vandalism. Such
a professional is well aware of the urgency involved
in responding to disasters because he/she and all of
his/ her staff recognize that time is the enemy and
rapid response is essential to successful restoration.
Accordingly, he/she has a strong "service"
attitude that provides 24 hour, 7 days a-week response
and commitment. With a properly trained staff and the
appropriate equipment and supplies available to service
any and all emergencies that arise, a professional restoration
specialist is the firm to call in all loss situations.
Call PuroClean Home Rescue to assist in your time of