Welcome back to the Disaster Response blog! To start the new year off right, we started talking about water damage in West Michigan and the many myths that surround this type of home damage. As a water damage restoration company, we have heard all of the myths and have sadly seen the consequences of accepting these myths as true. As we said in our last blog post, it isn’t your fault that you may have made the wrong assumption about water damage. You hopefully don’t have that much experience with it—but we do! For this reason and because we truly care about our clients, we want to help you know the truth about water damage so you can make an informed decision about the next steps you should take to repair your home, if a disaster should strike. Today, we are picking up where we left off in our last blog post, with myth number three.

Myth 3: The affected area won’t smell.

Many homeowners who suffer water damage assume first, that the area will completely and eventually dry out and, secondly, that those structural elements that were wet wouldn’t smell. Sadly, this isn’t the case. Materials that are not properly dried or replaced will begin to smell. A nasty odor isn’t the worst part about the situation. The musty smell that will subsequently occur after water damage is a sign that mold is beginning to grow in the affected area. Noticing a musty smell can actually be your home’s saving grace because it is a sign of the damage that is occurring in places such as your walls or flooring that you can’t see with your naked eye.

If you begin to smell something, don’t hesitate till you can hardly stand the stench or until house guests are sniffing around. Get the area checked with a mold test or better yet, call our local West Michigan water damage restoration specialists at Disaster Response as soon as possible after a watery disaster.

Myth 4: Water damage isn’t a big deal.

If you’ve read our last blog post and read this far in our current post, you will most likely have at least gotten the idea, if not be convinced, that water damage isn’t something to take lightly. Between the damage that the water itself causes and the mold that will most likely occur afterwards, a lot is at stake. There is so much more to water damage restoration than just sopping up the water with an army of towels. The dehumidification process will include having professional fans and other equipment utilized to completely dry out the area. It will also involve deciding what can be salvaged and what needs to be replaced. A professional restoration company such as Disaster Response will have equipment, knowledge, and compassion to help you fully recover, with a home that is completely repaired.

What Do I Do Next?

Stay tuned for part three of our blog series discussing water damage myths to learn more about what you should and shouldn’t do when your home has suffered an accident. If you have recently suffered water damage to your West Michigan area home, do not hesitate to call. Disaster Response is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We are available to help no matter if it’s three in the morning and you can’t sleep or you’re sitting at work during the day. We can help you through the entire water damage restoration process including even assisting during the claims process. Contact us today!