A home that has experienced any extent of water damage is highly unlikely to dry out on its own. You must seek professional water mitigation services as soon as possible to avoid mold and mildew problems in your home. Every moment you wait is further damaging your home which can lead to higher repair costs, mold, and even threaten the foundation of your property entirely.
Call the professionals right away when there’s water damage
Water damage isn’t like dirty carpets or junk that is piling up. It continues to move and spread, destroying furniture and other items, seeping into walls, and damaging everything in its path. If you try to dry out the area yourself, chances are it may look dry but it isn’t. This is where many homeowners start running into more serious problems. When water isn’t fully collected within walls and beneath floors it causes mold to start growing in hidden wet pockets.
The longer it is left untreated the more problems that can arise as a result. This includes the spread of bacteria, the contamination of any cloth and paper goods it comes into contact with, and even the development of mold. Since mold spores are microscopic they spread easily throughout HVAC systems, plumbing, and even electrical outlets.
Here at FM Services, we have an experienced team and specialized equipment to remove all water and moisture deep within your walls and floors so that mold doesn’t start growing throughout your entire home.
Common sources of water damage, mold, and mildew
There are several reasons that a person might need emergency services for water damage mitigation and restoration in Fargo and Moorhead. Whether it is a less threatening occurrence such as a small area in the kitchen or a major disaster in an upstairs bathroom, we will be there no matter what type of water damage services you require.
Here are some of the most common sources that lead to water damage, mold, and mildew:
- Roof and gutter leaks
- Broken plumbing system
- Ground flooding
- Malfunctioning AC units
- Excess moisture from lack of proper ventilation
- Rooms without sunlight; basements, crawl spaces etc.
What does water damage clean-up look like?
Our water damage clean-up services include using commercial-grade equipment to extract water and humidity from your property, detecting and removing damaged structures, and ensuring the structural integrity of your property by applying necessary temporary reinforcements. Our water mitigation services are designed to prevent further damage to your property after a leak or flood.
Our team utilizes a variety of field meters and an infrared camera to check for moisture damage and pinpoint areas that are most prone to mold growth. This includes roof leaks, wet basements, hidden moisture behind walls, etc. In a majority of cases, we can perform moisture assessments with minimum damage so we don’t have to tear apart your home to find the problem.
Here is how our water damage clean-up process works:
- All standing water is removed from the affected area.
- Small holes are drilled in the affected areas of drywall to allow drying to take place within the walls. This removes a majority of visible moisture.
- A professional-grade dehumidifier is used to ensure we remove any hidden moisture to prevent further damage and possible mold growth. Our dehumidifier removes moisture and collects the maximum amount so that the moisture is not released back into the air.
Does homeowner insurance cover water damage and other related issues?
Your homeowner’s insurance may cover the damage caused to your property from a leaky pipe, flood, etc. It will depend on what type of insurance you have. Some insurances will offer protection from flooding caused by failing plumbing, and some will not. Likewise, some insurance companies will offer coverage protection for groundwater flooding and some will not. This is something that needs to be discussed directly with your insurance company. It will depend on what type of insurance you have.
Preventing mold after water damage
With any amount of water damage, you have roughly 24 to 48 hours to prevent the growth of mold and mildew. Mold is a huge problem and can be extremely hazardous to you and your family’s health. A home that is not properly dried out after water damage only leads to costly repairs and can create health issues for those living in the home.
If you’ve ever had a damp basement, there’s a good chance you’ve seen mold growing on some of your furniture or walls. It can be found almost anywhere in your house and there are thousands of different varieties of mold, which can cause allergies, infections, cancer, and even death. It’s important to identify which areas of your home are most prone to mold growth so that you can take proper measures for eradicating it from those locations.
Dangers of leaving mold and mildew untreated
The main concern with mold is airborne exposure. Because airborne mold is not visible to the naked eye, you and your family could be breathing it in without even knowing. While usually not directly poisonous to people, mold has been known to cause serious health issues when exposed over long periods.
A licensed and experienced professional should always handle mold situations. Poor cleanups may disturb the mold, causing high airborne mold levels, and spreading the mold throughout a building. Mold assessments without airborne mold testing must be considered incomplete. FM Services offers comprehensive mold testing services including airborne testing. When you hire us, no potential dangers will be overlooked.
Take the first step to protecting your family from mold by scheduling your comprehensive mold and air inspection test with FM Services today.
Get water damage taken care of to avoid more problems
Mold isn’t always easily detectable so many homeowners don’t even realize that they have a huge problem. Children, those with a compromised immune system, and even healthy individuals can develop health issues from the mold when it is left untreated and overtakes their home. Our team properly handles water damage, mold, and moisture situations so it doesn’t make matters worse.
We offer reasonable prices and a variety of options to accommodate almost every budget. Keep your home and more importantly your family safe from the harmful effects of water damage, mold, and mildew by scheduling your water mitigation service today.