Water damage can be the result of a variety of issues including a burst pipe, a clogged storm sewer, a flood, or even another aspect of the aftermath of a fire. Though water damage can seem less of a scarey issue to encounter, than say a fire, it is crucial that the affected area is dehumidified and cleaned properly. If you have recently encountered water damage in your Grand Rapids home, read on to learn more about the restoration process and how Disaster Response can help you.

First Steps

Though each event that causes water damage creates problems unique to them, generally if you have encountered water damage, there are a few steps to be taken. First, if you encounter standing water, be cautious. Standing water, depending on the source can often carry pathogens that can hazardous to your health if you allow yourself to be exposed to them. Secondly, you must identify the problem. Though it may seem obvious, before you can successfully implement restoration practices, you must solve the issue that is creating it.  


After, you’ve identified the problem, next it’s time to get rid of the water and to begin to dehumidify the area. This is extremely important for soggy carpets, wet walls, and damp personal property make prime habitats for mold spores to take root and thrive. When you have just been a victim of water damage, you must contact a water damage restoration specialist so that you can eradicate harmful pathogens that have been left behind and to effectively and completely dry the affected area.

Mold Testing

If you’ve encountered water damage in your home, whether it be a leaky pipe or a flooded basement, you should get a mold test. As we’ve already mentioned, wet homes make excellent places for mold to grow and thrive. Mold that is allowed to flourish will not only compromise the structural integrity of your home, but it will also pose dangerous health hazards for you and your family. Exposure to mold can lead to serious health issues which can lead to death.

Mold Removal

Mold removal, also known as mold remediation, is—if of course your mold test came back positive—another step in the water damage restoration process. All the affected moldy items and structural elements must be removed and deposed of. After all the mold has been eradicated, and the proper treatments have been applied, it is time to begin repairs.


Disaster Response & Your Home

If you have encountered water damage, whether it be the result of a flood or a leaky pipe, contact Disaster Response. We are water damage restoration specialists that put our clients first in all that we do. We employ experienced restoration specialists that can help you not only clean up your home, but also help you when you have to deal with the insurance company. If you are in Grand Rapids and need help restoring your home, contact us! We have 24-hour response systems in place and can help you clean and restore your home right away. Visit our website to learn more about dehumidification, mold testing, and mold removal. Contact us to learn more about how we can help you!

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