Hello and welcome back to the Disaster Response blog where we will cover topics that we feel can help our neighbors in the West Michigan area be better informed to not only avoid a disaster, but also to know what to do when an accident does occur. We offer water damage restoration services, not because we hope that a disaster will occur, but for the reason we know that, due to the nature of life, disaster will occur and we want to help those in our neighborhood and surrounding areas recover completely and properly, avoiding damage in the future.

For all those reasons, this month we are covering the topic of water damage and, recently, the myths that surround this topic. Thankfully, most don’t know much about water damage because they haven’t had to deal with the issue. However, not knowing what needs to be done in the case of a water damage accident can be even more disastrous than the actual incident. If you are new to our blog, catch up on part one and part two to learn about water damage myths or keep reading to learn the last two myths.

Myth 5: Wood floors are always ruined.

When water damage occurs, there are two ways you can error. The first way is to assume that nothing is ruined and that some strategically-placed towels and time will be all that is needed to dry out the affected area. The second way to error is to assume that everything is ruined and to cause yourself to spend more money repairing parts of your home that are actually fine. When water damage occurs, sometimes your wood floors can be salvaged, especially if you call a water damage restoration specialist right away.

When you’ve been the victim of a watery accident, it’s always in your best interest to call a restoration company to help you pick up the pieces after an incident. They will not only know what to do to save as much of your home as possible, but will also know how to save your home and how to do so in order to avoid further problems, such as mold growth.

Myth 6: Water damage doesn’t exist if I don’t see it.

Most of us have heard the saying, “If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it, did it actually make a sound?” Unfortunately, many treat their water damage in the same way: if I don’t see it, it doesn’t exist. To assume that, if there is no visible sign, that no water damage occured is entirely wrong and dangerous. As we have discussed in previous blog posts and mentioned above, water damage and the worst kind of damage—mold growth—are often obscured from view, hidden behind our walls, under our floorboards, and in the dark corners of forgotten cabinets.

Water damage that was never fully repaired will eventually rear its ugly head and, if you are lucky, you will scrunch up your nose at a musty smell that slowly begins to invade your home. For the unlucky homeowner, other signs will make the presence of mold known through serious health issues that result from constant exposure to mold spores and the structural damage to your home that will be discovered in the future. It is easy to not want to deal with an overwhelming problem such as water damage. However, rest assured that if you call an experienced and compassionate water restoration company such as Disaster Response, you will have the help you need to get through the clean up and repair process ahead of you.

My Home’s Flooded… Now What?

We hope that you feel a little more informed about water damage and what to do in the case of a watery accident. If your West Michigan home has recently fallen victim to a flood or other incident, please give Disaster Response a call! We have someone on call 24 hours a day and seven days a week; no matter if you get up to grab a midnight snack to discover there is water where it shouldn’t be or you’re doing laundry midday to find your basement is flooded, there is someone here for you! We can not only assist in the dehumidification process and offer mold testing, but we can also help you through the insurance claims process as well. Visit our website to learn more about us and to call us for trustworthy and knowledgeable water damage restoration.