Water damage ranges in size from a small leak to an overwhelming natural disaster. It’s a good idea to act as soon as possible to prevent further damage. However, it can be dangerous to clean up water damage without professional help. Contact with toxic water, mold and chemicals without prior experience or knowledge is unadvised. Also, limited access to professional equipment and an expert crew prolongs the process. This could give water a chance to damage your home even further and mold time to grow faster. Here are a few issues common with water damage that needs to be dealt with by a professional.

1. Black Water

Depending on the source of the damage, the water can be harmful to your health. There are three types of water: clean water, gray water and black water. Clean water comes from rain or leaky pipes. Gray water is a semi-dirty and comes from dishwashers or clean toilets. Black water is from sewage or rivers and contains bacteria and other contaminants which is very harmful to your health.

2. Toxic Mold

Where there is water damage, mold damage is soon to follow. Mold can start growing within hours of water damage. There are many types of mold that range from relatively safe to extremely toxic. Common household mold like Alternaria causes allergies and asthma. However, toxic types of mold like black mold can cause breathing problems, depression and fatigue.

3. Structural Damage

Major water damage can weaken your roof, foundation and load bearing walls by corroding metal and rotting wood. This type of damage seriously compromises the safety of your home. A water damage cleanup professional will know how to find structural damage and work with a contractor to ensure your home is safe.

4. Complete Cleanup

After standing water is removed and the source of the water damage is fixed, the affected areas need to fully dry. Even a small amount of moisture can cause mold to regrow and damage your surfaces. Our expert technicians will ensure the drying process is complete, all damage is found and mitigated.

5. Specialized Equipment

Our expert technicians use high powered fans and water extraction equipment that is unavailable for rent. Not only does our equipment make the water damage cleanup process faster, but it also makes it safer. Using vacuums or any other make shift water pump is not advised.

6.Electrical system

If you have standing water, do not use any electricity until you call an electrician. Damages to the electrical system require specialized knowledge. Serious injury or death can occur when water and electricity are mixed.

ServiceMaster Professional Cleaning has years of experience cleaning up water damage in West Tennessee. Trust us to handle the entire process from beginning to end. Our expert technicians arrive on site ready to start inspecting the damage. Once the damage is assessed, we coordinate with your insurance directly. Contact us 24/7 at 1-888-930-3351 to request emergency water damage cleanup services.

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