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When a flood or other incident has caused damage to your property, it can be devastating. The loss of items, some of which may be personal or irreplaceable, is bad enough. When you begin to calculate costs of cleanup and restoration, things can get overwhelming. Water Damage Miami has plenty of experience in helping the customer in all steps of water damage restoration, including processing the paperwork involved with your water damage insurance claim
Unfortunately, flooding and water damage in Miami is not an uncommon occurrence. Any source of uncontrolled water can potentially cause serious damage. The small drip of the kitchen or bathroom faucet that never overflowed the basin could one day result in a pool in the same room or even entire house if certain conditions are present. Flood water has been traditionally placed into two categories, black and gray water. Black water is from outside water, such as streams and raw sewage. Gray water will come from within your unit and includes that from the toilet, dishwater, and sinks.
Although visible water in a building is the most obvious sign of flood damage, there are many other indicators of water damage in Miami. Cracked foundations, rusted pipes, electric shorts, mosquitoes and peeling wood surfaces are potential signs of water damage. Mold or algae formation, a substantial increase in humidity, dampness or stains in walls or ceilings are more definite signs that your property is suffering effects of water damage.
If you suspect that your property might be enduring water damage, time is of the essence as water and moisture that is left too long will cause mold to form. This can lead to serious health issues as well as more costs involved with cleaning up and killing the mold and spores. Depending on the source of the flood water, there may be other risks to health and property.
A busted pipe or faucet that was not turned off during a trip away from home will lead to the pools of relatively clean water. When this is the case, it is simply a matter of cleaning up in a thorough and timely manner before mold begins to set in. However, if the source of the water is from the outside, such as a storm that brings in water from nearby rivers or similar reservoirs, further contamination could be a problem. The risk of illness from being exposed to pathogens from bacteria from the ground, animal wastes, and rodents from rainwater renders the cleanup job even more serious. Still, there are man-made chemicals that could seep into your property, such as fertilizers, oils, and pesticides, which could both cause damage and short and long term health problems.
Regardless of the source of water damage and flood, Water Damage Miami wants to remind you to take caution when entering a property that has been affected. A call to a professional may be the first step to taken before even returning to the affected commercial or residential building, depending on how extensive the damage is. After a storm, watch for downed power lines around the structure and shut-off power to the building you are ready to inspect. If there is a possibility of any person or animal inside the structure, try to either get them out yourself or call emergency personnel for assistance. Your and everyone’s safety is the most important issue.
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