Right after a fire or flood is the most emotional time for many people. It is the moment that you return to your house and survey how badly your home was effected, and you realize just what it will take to return to normalcy. It can be tempting in that situation to put off working on your home. Perhaps you contact a restoration company with limited hours of operations and accept that they will return your call after the weekend. This ignores the many benefits of calling someone who has a 24-hour emergency service.
Mold can start growing in warm, moist conditions within 48 hours. Those spores are sneaky, and they can hide out in the forgotten crannies of your house until a flood or a fire gives them the ideal growth medium. Don’t forget, fires that are put out with water will leave waterlogged sections which can give mold a place to grow before you have even moved your furniture. A company that provides 24-hour emergency service can get to all those potential mold hot spots before the mold can become a problem.
Protecting Your Lungs
Smoke from even small fires can get into your HVAC system and leave soot circulating through your home long after the fire has been extinguished. Mold spores can also grow in the vents after they have been soaked to extinguish a fire. Either of these situations can hurt your health: the soot can scar the alveoli of your lungs and the mold spores can trigger allergic reactions. Restoration companies that get to work on your home right after you call clean out the soot before it gets embedded in the duct work and becomes part of the air you breathe.
Prevents Further Damage To Your House
The worst part about fires and floods is that their initial damage is not the end. No, the water introduced from putting out the fire and bacteria brought in with the flood water fester in tiny nooks of your home, slowly eating at the wooden substructure of your home. Termites, mold, and wood rot follow. A professional who gets into these tiny nooks within the first 48 hours after a disaster protects your home from those outcomes.
Smooths Over The Insurance Process
Paperwork can only get worse the longer you ignore it. You forget important items and details of the disaster. However, having a third party catalog the items that got damaged immediately after the emergency ensures that nothing is lost or forgotten. You can also focus on filing everything that needs to be filed if a professional has already squared away the physical signs of the disaster.
Saves Your Favorite Furniture
The sooner that you remove your sofas from a flooded room, the less damage it will sustain. The mold spores won’t have a chance to start growing on the fabric if it is dried out quickly. The wooden parts of the furniture don’t have a chance to warp, and the soot particles can’t get ground into the fabric so that your furniture smells permanently of smoke. Depending on how badly your house suffered, you could also need to protect your furniture from the elements. Holes in the wall can expose your beds and chairs to rain and UV rays, which will further damage them. A 24-hour service can pack them up and clean them up before any of those things happen.
Contact A Professional Who Has 24/7 Emergency Services
We at Satin Touch understand how distressing floods and fires are. This is why we can be reached at any time at 763-954-0744. Once you call, we will pack out damaged furniture and ship it to a warehouse to repair. We’ll provide a week’s worth of clothing for you, and, space permitting, find you and your family temporary housing.
Satin Touch performs a variety of home repair. We have experience in water intrusion, storm damage, fire damage, remodeling both commercial and residential properties, and painting. If you have any question about home repair, contact us. We’re here to help.