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Kustom’s Quick Tips for Dealing with Water Damage

By Andrew Zavodney
Posted January 19, 2017

Here at Kustom in Durham NC, we know a thing or two about water damage restoration. While it’s easy to understand how a flood can spell disaster for your home or business, even small amounts of relatively minor water damage can lead to big problems later on. It’s important to rely on experienced professionals to help you when you are confronted with water damage to your property and, in that spirit of helpfulness, here are a few things we would like to share with you:

  1. Don’t Ever Wait! When you find water damage, act! If it’s a flood or burst pipe, it should be pretty obvious that you’re going to need some help if you want to save your possessions and property from destruction, but even minor incidents can become a problem if you wait long enough.
  2. Water is Always Moving. Whether the water itself is flowing from room to room or seeping through the cracks and into the ceiling or the floor below, it will continue to move and spread, causing damage to new areas. Flowing water isn’t the only problem you need to be aware of. Water evaporates, which means that it can float through the air and into your HVAC system. Why is this a problem? Because . . .
  3. Moisture = Mold! Mold likes to form in any area where the humidity has been raised above 50%. When you are dealing with water damage, especially if it is widespread, you must also take into account the evaporated water that is flowing through your interior environment. This vapor can become trapped in inconvenient areas like closets, crawlspaces, and in between the walls, forming ideal environments for mold to form. Mold can begin to grow in less than 24 – 48 hours after water damage is introduced.
  4. Professionalism Matters. More often than not, over-the-counter cleaning products, steam cleaners and that dehumidifier you rented just aren’t going to be enough. When water damage affects your property, it is always best to hire a professional company to ensure that everything is sanitary, safe, and moisture free. Any company whose service technicians have been certified by the IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification) has people who have been trained, certified, and are undertaking ongoing education.

If you are dealing with a water damage situation, don’t wait. Call the professionally certified team at Kustom at 1-866-679-0699 right away for a free, no-obligations estimate, and we’ll answer any questions you might have.


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