Why Acting Fast to Clean Up Water Damage is Important

Water damage is common and can sneak up on home or business owners, causing serious problems if not treated quickly. In Northern Illinois, we see our share of severe weather that can cause flooding, plumbing failures, and other events which can lead to large amounts of water damage at your property incredibly quick. Acting fast to handle clean-up keeps the risk of pricey restoration, repair, and reconstruction at bay.

What are the Signs of Water Damage?

There are different ways to recognize water damage in your home. Exposure to water will result in walls, flooring, and furniture absorbing water as it spreads through your home. If the clean-up is not done quickly, damage can increase. Look for these signs:

  • Wood structures swelling in size
  • Metal beginning to corrode or rust
  • Water spots and other forms of ceiling damage
  • An increased water bill that can indicate a leak
  • Musty odors
  • Visible mold or mildew

The Health Risks of Ignoring Water Damage

Water damage can cause major and minor health risks if left untreated. Exposure to harmful bacteria and viruses can be caused by flooding, mildew, and mold. Flooding can also cause outdoor bacteria to enter your home and living spaces. This can lead to health hazards in pets and humans just by breathing or exposure to the skin.

Mild to Long-Term Side Effects

Molds can cause many health issues, depending on how sensitive individuals are to the effects. Molds can cause throat irritation, wheezing, coughing, stuffiness, and eye/skin irritation. Anyone that has a chronic illness to their lungs or a compromised immune system may experience more serious side effects to mold exposure.

This can include flu, pneumonia, chest colds, headaches, fever, and even difficulty breathing. In extreme situations like toxic mold exposure, individuals can experience long-term effects like depression, anxiety, insomnia, and even memory loss.

When you experience water damage, it’s important to call in a mold remediation expert as quickly as possible to ensure your family is safe from any type of mold exposure.

Flooding can also cause contamination in the drinking water if the flooding is from a sewage backup. When sewage systems are clogged, the water can become contaminated with traces of human waste. The contaminated water contains extremely harmful bacteria can cause death or illness.

If you suspect water damage from sewage backups, call in the professionals at McMahon Services immediately.

The Increased Expenses that can come from Ignoring Water Damage

If you catch the water damage quickly, say within 12 hours of the damage happening, the cost of a professional restoration company coming out to inspect the severity of the problem is less than the thousands of dollars you could spend if you wait weeks to discuss the problem with a professional team.

In water damage situations, it is common to see a replacement in furniture, drywall, appliances, flooring, etc. This can cost an incredible amount of money that insurance companies will not cover if you wait to call in a professional restoration company like McMahon Services.

Water damage can also cause your business to close for repairs, leading to loss of income. If you run a rental property, clearing out the building for repairs will cause loss of rental income, or even increase costs should you need to find a replacement building to run your business from during the repairs.

Bring in the Water Restoration Repair Team at McMahon Services

Our water restoration team is ready to respond to any water damage project big or small. We offer 24/7 water and sewage repair, clean-up, and restoration services in Naperville, Mundelein, and surrounding areas. When we arrive on your property, we begin clean up immediately, starting with a free estimate on the problem areas, and where we need to focus our time.

We will also work with your insurance company from start to finish by taking the stress of the process off of you, so you can continue life as usual while we work on bringing your building back to pre-disaster condition. Call us today to start the cleanup process immediately.