We may think it’s obvious to turn off the water source if we experience a busted pipe in our Kiawah Island, SC or Lowcountry home. That is, of course, if we know where the source is located and we can easily access it! We also know that disasters, like a busted water pipe, can cause extensive damage. So the first and apparent thing to do is call a plumber – that will address your immediate problem. But what about a potentially larger water damage problem – especially if the area is wet for more than 24 hours.
What may look dry, may not be, and could pose serious problems. Following are some of the most common conditions following a busted water pipe:
- Mold is most likely because it is not easily visible and can incubate on wood, fabric, paper and other porous materials. You may be putting yourself and your home at risk of harmful bacteria if you leave this problem unattended.
- Water seepage can lead to sagging and cracked floors, walls and ceilings, resulting in structural weakness. This type of damage could easily cost you hundreds of dollars to repair – another reason that it is vital that the moisture is completely dried out.
- Your home’s electrical system is at risk to fail if your circuit breaker box and/or electric outlets come into contact with water. Make sure that the electrical power is turned off in that specific area if you believe that the water seeped there.
A certified water restoration expert, such as Disaster Plus, will thoroughly extract the water and completely dry and dehumidify the area, utilizing powerful commercial dryers, hardwood floor and wall cavity drying systems, and desiccant dehumidifiers. This will ensure that the area is completely dry and that there is no opportunity for mold to grow. They will also sterilize all contents with appropriate cleaning products and equipment.
What may seem costly or unneeded at first, can save you money in the end.
If you require emergency water extraction and dry-out services after your busted water pipe problem or you simply need information about water damage services for Charleston. Call us now at 877-724-7247.