Everyday people make a bad decision when confronted with flood damage. Instead of calling a licensed and certified water extraction company, they roll up their sleeves and get to work. Sometimes they’ll rent some fans, sometimes they just open up the windows and turn on their wet vac. And almost always, a couple of weeks later they call us once it’s clear they didn’t get out all of the moisture.
If proper water mitigation were as simple as ‘See water, remove water’ then we wouldn’t get so many distress calls from people that tried the cleanup process only to find their hardwood floors buckling, the walls warping, or the ceiling falling or bubbling. The challenging part for any water removal job is finding the hidden moisture that you can’t see with your own eyes.
On the left, you can see what looks like a perfectly dry wall. On the right, you can peer ‘into’ the wall and see what’s actually going on. It has suffered water damage, and if left untreated, is susceptible to black mold and permanent damage.