What should you do if you have standing water under your home?

Emergency Water Damage Clean up

We never like to think about a water disaster happening in our homes, but they can occur. And water damage does not always mean that flooding has happened from rains or storms. No, this kind of damage can come from a variety of sources and wreak havoc quickly. That is why Steam Master Upstate also specializes in water damage restoration. However, water does not have to be pooled directly on your floors to create problems. Today we want to address a question we were asked recently by a client, “What should you do if you have standing water under your home?”

Standing Water Under My Home                                                                                                          

It is common for most homes to have a small space between the foundation and the land your home is built on, or crawl spaces. Even homes that have basements can still have a crawl space.

Depending on where you live, you may notice that during certain times of year water can collect under your home. This could be due to heavy rains, and the soil is overly saturated. Different types of dirt will retain water longer than others, however, if you find that there is an area that has constant water, it can be an issue.

There could be pipes leaking, a downspout has become disconnected and not draining correctly, and more. If you notice water collecting regularly, it is imperative to find the source and correct the issue.

The Effects of Standing Water

If water is left unchecked, it just becomes a breeding ground for all kinds of disaster.

To begin with, it will start to make your home smell musty and stagnant. Standing water is also the perfect breeding ground for mold and other forms of bacteria. As mold grows, it can lead to breathing difficulties, especially in those who have asthma and allergies.

Even scarier is that water can quickly cause structural and foundation issues!

What do I do if I find water damage?

If you find that you have damage from water, the first thing you need to do is document what you have found. We all have cameras on our cell phones now, so take pictures to document the event for your insurance company.

Next, contact a professional water restoration service about your issue. Don’t assume you know where the source of the water is because water can be tricky to track. That is why Steam Master Upstate uses state-of-the-art equipment such as moisture probes and infrared cameras to detect the path of water.

We offer 24/7, one-hour response times, to any water damage calls. Therefore, don’t hesitate to contact us if you discover an issue. We also provide free estimates and are approved by most insurance companies.

Leave the Restoration to Professionals

Believing you can dry out an area or remove standing water on your own can just end up costing you more money in the end. It is very easy to miss pockets of moisture that can lead to mold and mildew.

The professionals here at Steam Master Upstate are certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) in mold remediation. If you have an emergency with water, we know how to help you rectify the situation quickly and appropriately!

Furthermore, we have the proper equipment to remove water and dry out areas effectively. We have current equipment for water extraction, de-humidification for structural drying, commercial tools and solutions for cleaning and sanitation, and more.

If you find water standing in an area near electricity turn off anything electric near it and call us. It is best to call someone instead of taking a chance on your safety. Time is of the essence when it comes to water damage, so if you find yourself in this situation, contact us here today!

 

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