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How to Salvage Wooden Furniture After Water Damage

How to Salvage Wooden Furniture After Water Damage

Floods, broken pipes, or any other kind of water damage can be devastating. Thankfully, you can salvage and restore a lot of your wooden furniture with the help of mitigation and restoration professionals like Valley Restoration and Construction.

This guide will help you understand what happens to furniture after water damage and what you can do to minimize—or even mitigate—the water damage.

Clean Water, Grey Water, or Black Water?

Before you can even get your belongings out of the water, you should first consider what type of water has caused the damage:

  • Water from broken pipes that are connected to sinks, bathtubs, and internal water supply lines is relatively clean because it contains no pathogens or bacteria. Appropriately, this is the so-called clean water.
  • Grey water comes from washing machines, dishwashers, and toilets. This kind of water may contain pathogens, so you should handle it with care.
  • Black water comes from sewage overflow. It is brimming with bacteria and pathogens and should only be handled by specialists with proper training and the right equipment.

If your furniture has been damaged by clean water, you can move it yourself without risking your health. If, however, black water caused all the damage, you should call in restoration professionals who have the right gear to tackle such dangerous water.

First Steps after Water Damage

When facing water damage, most people despair. That’s absolutely understandable. When you see your belongings floating in the water, it can be easy to imagine they are all ruined.

So, let’s think about the unthinkable and imagine that your house has suffered water damage. What are your next steps?

Move the Furniture out of the Water

Once you have determined that the water that caused the damage is not dangerous to your health, you can start moving furniture away from the water.

A lot of things can be saved this way, especially if you act quickly. The less time wooden furniture stays in the water, the higher your chances of successfully restoring it. When wood stays in contact with water for too long, it seeps through the wood and enters the wood fibers. Wood is porous, so it will absorb as much water as it can.

MDF (Medium Density Fibreboard) and plywood furniture, in particular, are highly sensitive to water damage because they act as sponges, literally soaking up water. In many cases, this type of furniture is beyond repair and should be discarded.

Solid wood furniture, as its name suggests, is made of solid wood and is far better equipped to withstand water soaking.

Assess the Value of Your Furniture

Before you start the mitigation and restoration stages, ask yourself what value you put on your furniture and compare it to the extent of the damage.

A small flood caused by clean water causes limited damage. You can probably dry out the furniture and restore it without too much expense or effort.

A larger flood from dubious water might wreck your furniture. Furniture made from MDF and plywood will likely be beyond repair, so it’s best to throw it out. Since MDF is relatively inexpensive, the cost of saving it, drying it, and repairing it is typically greater than buying a new piece of furniture.

If you have a particularly valuable piece of furniture that has financial or sentimental value, you may want to save it. In this case, you should focus your attention on drying it in optimal conditions.

Let the Furniture Dry

Once you get everything out of the water, it is crucial that you resist the urge to start fixing things right away. When wood is soaked, it expands fast. If you try to pull out any drawers and shelves, you risk further damaging your furniture.

Instead, you should let the furniture fully dry out first. Be careful not to rush things. In particular, avoid exposing the furniture to direct sun or heat. Extreme and sudden heat will cause the already damaged wood to crack, split, or distort. Instead, leave the furniture in a well-ventilated area away from the sun to dry out on its own. You can put a dehumidifier to absorb excess water and humidity from the air.

Don’t Force Drawers and Shelves

Water has probably caused the wood to expand and swell. Shelves and drawers are likely to be stuck. Let the wood dry out entirely before you assess the full damage to your furniture by removing the drawers and shelves.

Meanwhile, Mold Is Building up

It only takes mold a couple of days to start colonizing your furniture. To prevent mold damage, you should clean thoroughly every nook and cranny and dry it out with a cloth to remove any residual moisture.

If possible, use a fan or dehumidifier to remove humidity from the air and help the wooden furniture dry in a quicker but safe way.

Once the Furniture Has Dried out

Once the furniture has dried out, you will be better able to assess the damage.

Depending on the furniture’s condition, you may need to sand any parts that have cracked or swelled. Most probably, joints and veneers will need a retouch because water can be highly damaging.

Apply furniture oil to the surface and rub it in until there is no oil residue.

If your furniture has swollen, cover its surface with a wet towel and get your iron. Set it to a low-temperature setting and hold it on the towel, moving it around after a few seconds. Not only can this help (literally) iron out any swollen surface but it may also eliminate water stains.

Hopefully, your furniture will be as good as new by the time you finish, particularly if you took it out of the water right away.

Valley Restoration and Construction in Montrose, Colorado

A restoration company can help you decide on the best course of action and save your furniture, especially if you act fast. Trust Valley Restoration and Construction to mitigate water damage in your Colorado home.

We are available 24/7 and serve Montrose, Colorado, and all the surrounding areas. Call us at 970-964-4437 or contact us online and we will be with you right away to help you restore the damage!

5 Home Appliances That May Cause Water Damage

5 Home Appliances That May Cause Water Damage

We often talk about storms, rain, snow, and other external threats to your home’s integrity. However, water damage often comes from within—specifically, from appliances that use water.

Today’s life is so good compared to the past. Refrigerators keep our food fresh and hand out ice cubes. Washing machines wash our clothes, and dryers dry them. Dishwashers clean our dishes, so they are ready for our next meal. Water heaters keep us comfortable and warm.

Unfortunately, these appliances are also among the most common culprits for water damage in a home. Any appliance that connects to the water supply utilizes water. And sometimes things go wrong.

The most fragile and dangerous parts deliver water to our appliances: water hoses, drain lines, and water supply lines. If these fail, a water leak can ruin your hardwood floor, drywall, and even furniture. Water damage can have unexpected consequences, so read on to learn how to stop this from happening to you!

1. Dishwashers

There is no greater pleasure than knowing you don’t have to do the dishes. You load your dishwasher, and they are clean and dry a few hours later. It’s almost magic worthy of Camelot.

Dishwashers, however, are prone to water damage because they require large quantities of water to perform the task. When dishwashers break down, it is usually in one of three main ways:

  • Water may leak from the front through the door if you don’t load the dishwasher properly or use inadequate soap. Also, water could leak onto the floor if the door seal is worn.
  • The other way is from the back, where the hose and water connection is located. A dishwasher pulls in large quantities of water and then discharges the dirty water. These actions commonly result in sudden bursts of water gushing into and out of the dishwasher. If the hose is loosely attached, it could detach when the dishwasher sucks in or discharges water. As a result, gallons of water may be released under your dishwasher, onto your kitchen floor, and under the cabinets.
  • Food buildup inside the dishwasher could clog the pipes and drains, leading to water backup.

We suggest you check your dishwasher for internal food buildup, loose water hoses, and broken front seals. A small leak can lead to a larger one, so make sure you take care of it before it becomes a real problem.

2. Washing Machines

Just like dishwashers, washing machines have made our lives much easier. They wash clothes, remove stains and odors, and even wring them for minimum moisture and faster drying.

However, you must watch out for leaks and water damage wherever water is involved. Leaks can occur around the water hose. Worse, the hose may come loose after a sudden water discharge and flood your floor and laundry room.

In addition, washing machines get rid of dirty water through drains. If these get clogged, the used water may back up and flood your home.

The best thing to do is to maintain your washing machine and run periodic inspections on the hose, clamps, water supply lines, and door seals. If your washing machine displays water leakage problems, no matter how small, you should tend to them immediately.

3. Refrigerators

Could you imagine your life without ice cubes or, even worse, ice cream? It is almost impossible to imagine how people used to live without refrigerators, and there is no home without one.

Water lines connect your refrigerator to the water supply, which is how you have ice cubes popping out at the flick of a finger. If the water line gets loose or cracks, leaks will appear in the back of your refrigerator. Even though refrigerators don’t utilize much water, they can be quite troublesome when it comes to water damage.

By their nature, refrigerators produce moisture, which collects at the appliance’s bottom part. If the drain line gets clogged, water will start seeping through, collecting underneath the fridge. Another issue can be problems with the ice maker.

Again, proper maintenance and careful inspection of the refrigerator’s back could prevent a water leak that could damage your kitchen cabinets and even lead to electrical issues.

4. Water Heaters

We take warm water for granted, and with good reason, as almost all homes are equipped with water heaters.

As the name suggests, water heaters warm and transfer water throughout the house. They contain large quantities of water, however, so if there is a leak, it will be a significant one.

Either the water supply lines can leak, or the tank itself may crack. Water heaters are prone to corrosion, particularly in areas with alkaline water. The mineral buildup eats away at the inside of the water tank, eventually leading to a crack—and water gushing out.

Water heaters can also burst if too much pressure builds up. If you hear hissing sounds, you should have a specialist check it out.

As with all appliances, annual maintenance is crucial. As a precaution, you can flush the tank once a year to remove residual minerals and sediments that have built up inside the tank. This will help prevent internal corrosion.

5. AC Unit

AC units produce condensation, which they pull out of your home. This condensation is captured in a drain pan and driven outside of the house through a condensate drain line. If the drain line gets clogged, the water trickles back into the AC unit and drips down your wall.

Another common problem is a failing drain pan, in which case the water is not directed to the drain line but comes back into the house.

If your AC starts dripping water inside, staining your walls, furniture, and hardwood floor, you must turn off the unit and call a specialist.

Valley Restoration and Construction for Water Damage Mitigation and Restoration in Montrose, Colorado

Sometimes, no matter how meticulous you are with keeping your appliances in perfect condition, water damage occurs. It usually happens at the most unexpected and irritating time, too!

We serve Colorado’s Western Slope and are available 24/7 because emergencies can’t wait. Call us at 970-964-4437 or contact us online, and we will be with you right away to work on water damage mitigation and restoration.

What Is Water-Damaged Drywall? How Can You Repair It?

What Is Water-Damaged Drywall? How Can You Repair It?

Drywall is used for walls and ceilings and is a great way to build internal walls as well as design features. Its resilience and versatility make it the perfect building material, which is why it has largely displaced lath and plaster walls.

Drywall is made of gypsum and heavy paper. This makes it highly versatile and easy to install. It is lightweight yet strong and can be sound- and temperature-insulated. As a bonus, it is less expensive to install compared to other construction methods.

In addition, drywall can be cut to the exact dimensions your home requires: this inherent adaptability makes it suitable for design features such as arches and encasings. You can build shelves, countertops, wall features, room dividers, ceilings, storage spaces, displays, and even furniture from drywall.

Another advantage of drywall is that you can hang, place, or decorate whatever you want on it.

The only downside to drywall is its susceptibility to water damage, as gypsum and paper absorb water readily. A few drops of water will not crumble or damage your drywall but a major water leak or flood can cause serious damage.

If this has happened to you, you need to call Valley Restoration and Construction to inspect the damage, stop and repair the leak, and replace your drywall with new sheets. Also, mold starts building up when water lingers in building materials. Even if you replace the drywall yourself, you need mold specialists to stop the spread of mold and moisture.  

How Do I Know If My Drywall Is Water-Damaged?

Stains On Your Drywall

The first thing to notice is coffee-colored stains or discolored paint. It can be a small area at the bottom or top of the drywall or it can be a larger stain. If the stain grows with time, the water problem is getting worse. 

You should consult with Valley Restoration and Construction right away to mitigate the problem and protect your home and health.

Sagging and Crumbling Drywall

One of the most common places to find asbestos in residential dwellings is in the drywall texture and joint compound. This could be especially concerning in instances where the drywall is sagging or flaking, thus causing any potential asbestos material to become friable.

If your drywall is crumbling or displaying signs of disintegration, water has entered the integral part of the drywall and damaged the gypsum. This can be particularly dangerous with drywall ceilings, because pieces of the ceiling can collapse on you and your family.

Drywall walls can get warped with water. This happens when water decays the internal structure of the drywall and weighs it down, so that the wall starts sagging and warping. As it gets saturated with water, it starts bulging, hence the picture of a warped wall.

Flaking Paint

If drywall paint is peeling, flaking, and shedding, you may have water damage inside the drywall slowly eating away at your wall’s integrity.

If its integrity is compromised in such a way, drywall can’t recover its original shape. Unfortunately, you will need to replace it.

Mitigate the Water Leak and Fix the Problem

If you have signs that your drywall may be water-damaged, you should call Valley Restoration and Construction in Montrose, Colorado to inspect the problem and restore it. Depending on the exact causes and extent of the damage, we will fix the water leak, check for mold, and replace the drywall.

Fix the Water Leak First

Water damage may come from a leaky roof, a broken pipe, a toilet problem, a leaking washer or other plumbing issue.

Remember that water travels far: if you see water damage on your drywall, the problem may not be located directly behind it. Water could easily have traveled there from farther away.

In addition, water damage can have unexpected consequences. To fully mitigate the water damage, our specialists will first locate the source of the problem and repair it.

Replace the Drywall

Once the water leak has been taken care of, you need to tackle the drywall. Small damage may be fixed easily, but drywall that is sagging, crumbling, and warping is beyond repair. You need to remove the damaged drywall and replace it with new. Luckily, drywall is easy to replace and budget-friendly.

Be Cautious about Mold

It only takes 24 to 48 hours of moisture for mold to set in. Even if you have taken care of the water issue, mold colonies may already be building inside your wall. Mold can severely impact your health, so you need to act right away.

Once you remove the drywall sheets, you need to dehumidify and dry out the affected area. If there are signs of mold colonies, our Valley Restoration and Construction mold specialists will decontaminate the area, remove mold spores with the right tools and chemicals, and dry it out to remove any residual moisture.

We have dehumidifiers and professional fans to remove humidity from any affected areas. We also have HEPA filters to decontaminate the air from mold spores and special sprayers to sanitize all affected areas.

If Drywall Damage Was Caused by Sewage Backup

If the water damage on your drywall was caused by sewage backup, you shouldn’t attempt to clean or remove any drywall sheets on your own. Call Valley Restoration and Construction and we will take care of the issue.

Sewage water is filled with harmful bacteria that require special equipment, chemicals, and know-how to exterminate. Your everyday home detergents cannot properly sanitize or disinfect such bacteria-loaded black water. In addition, you may need to clean, sanitize, disinfect, sterilize, and deodorize the house depending on your exact circumstances.

Small Water Spills on Drywall

A glass of water spilled on drywall doesn’t require you to remove the whole drywall sheet. Wipe out the water with a cloth and make sure there is no residual moisture lingering on the drywall.

If you have a bigger spill and wish to be extra cautious to avoid the development of mold, place a fan toward the affected area and run it for a few hours to remove any excess humidity.

Valley Restoration and Construction for Your Drywall Emergencies

Contact Valley Restoration and Construction online or call us at 970-964-4437 if you see any signs that your drywall surfaces are suffering from water damage.

Our crew will be with you to inspect the problem, fix the water leak, mitigate the water damage,  and replace your drywall. We are available 24/7 and serve Montrose, Colorado, and all the surrounding areas.

Asbestos Mitigation

Asbestos Mitigation

The words “asbestos removal” will rightly make most homeowners worry. We have all heard how dangerous asbestos can be, as it can cause cancer and lung disease many years after exposure.

Even so, asbestos does not always need to be replaced or sealed. A proper specialist in asbestos removal like Valley Restoration and Construction will assess your home and find whether it contains any asbestos fibers. Only disturbed and crumbling asbestos needs to be removed or repaired.

To understand whether your family’s health is in danger, you should turn to asbestos removal professionals. They have the right tools, equipment, and know-how to take samples and check for asbestos risk.

Where Is Asbestos Hiding in Your Home?

Asbestos is no longer used in construction and home building—but was widely used until the 1980s and can still be in construction materials manufactured outside of the United States.  Therefore, even though it is uncommon to find it in materials in homes beyond the 1980s, it is still possible.  Unless the architect certifies that all the materials used to build a home are asbestos-free, which is quite rare, you shouldn’t assume that a material is asbestos-free based solely on the home’s age.

As a mineral, asbestos was commonly used for insulation thanks to its strength, durability, and fire-resistant properties. That is why you can often find it around boilers and furnaces, fireplaces, and wood stoves. You can also find asbestos on roofs and ceilings, sidings, and flooring, including vinyl tiles and adhesives.

How Can I Know If There Is Asbestos in My Home?

It is impossible to assess whether any building material in your home contains asbestos, as it is not always visible to the naked eye and may hide underneath a wall or panel. A specialist will need to carefully take samples from suspected areas and have them tested for asbestos.

We strongly advise against taking samples on your own. When asbestos is disturbed, it releases airborne fibers. These fibers are breathed in and slowly make their way into the lungs. Undisturbed asbestos is less of a threat than a poorly taken sample that exposes asbestos fibers to the air.

Asbestos removal professionals wear protective gear such as gloves and goggles and have specialized equipment to take samples. They will make the smallest incision possible to remove a sample, place it into a container, and seal it. They will then clean the area thoroughly.

When Is Asbestos a Problem?

Undisturbed asbestos is not a problem. The fibers remain tightly crammed inside the material and can’t become airborne.

You may, however, accidentally disturb asbestos when you dig, scrape, tear, cut, drill, grate, or saw a material that contains asbestos. Once the asbestos fibers are displaced, they become airborne and spread throughout the house.

If you have a big remodeling project coming up, you should contact Valley Restoration and Construction to assess whether there is asbestos in the area in question. Once we take samples and know whether there is any asbestos, we proceed with asbestos removal if necessary.

How Do I Deal with an Asbestos Problem?

Valley Restoration and Construction specialists will either repair or remove the asbestos in your home.

Repairing Asbestos-Contaminated Areas

Depending on the extent of the asbestos problem, we may choose to repair the area. We can encapsulate or coat the contaminated area with a sealant that will keep all the broken asbestos fibers together and stop them from becoming airborne. This can be effective depending on the situation. However, the material is still there and may still present a problem in the future.

Don’t forget that the goal is to ensure that your home remains safe for you and your family, both now and in the future.

Asbestos Removal

The State of Colorado has stringent regulations regarding asbestos that include residential homes. Any home that requires the removal of 32 square feet or more of suspect material, regardless of the age of the home, requires asbestos testing or the material should be treated as asbestos in lieu of testing. Suspect materials include sheet vinyl, vinyl tile, adhesives, drywall joint compound, and drywall surfacing (texture). Surfacing, in particular, can become extremely friable during renovation activities.

Therefore, if you plan on doing a major remodeling project, we may need to remove asbestos from your home. The best way to handle asbestos is to completely remove it (abatement) with a state-licensed contractor.

Valley Restoration and Construction will remove asbestos if it has crumbled and repairing it is not an option. If asbestos is beyond encapsulation, we will clear away the contaminated construction components and replace them with asbestos-free ones to ensure that your home is safe for you and your family.

In this case, our expert crew will come and dispose of all the affected materials.

Disposing of Asbestos

The State of Colorado, under certain circumstances, does allow a homeowner to opt out of state regulations regarding asbestos. Even so, federal regulations must still be adhered to, which include the proper disposal of the asbestos material in a landfill certified to accept asbestos waste. Unfortunately, these are few and far between.

We will dispose of all asbestos material in licensed landfills and follow strict procedures during the removal, sealing, and transportation stages.

Trust Valley Restoration and Construction for Any Asbestos Problems

Valley Restoration and Construction is a state-licensed contractor with a team of asbestos removal specialists. We will come to your home or building and assess the potential danger. If asbestos fibers have been released, we will encapsulate or remove the affected areas depending on the circumstances.

Call us at 970-964-4437 or contact Valley Restoration and Construction online for any questions or concerns you may have regarding asbestos in your home!

What’s the Difference between Cleaning, Sanitizing, Disinfecting, Sterilizing, and Deodorizing?

What’s the Difference between Cleaning, Sanitizing, Disinfecting, Sterilizing, and Deodorizing?

Cleaning, sanitizing, disinfecting, sterilizing, deodorizing. People often use these terms interchangeably but they actually carry different meanings to cleaning professionals like Valley Restoration and Construction.

When a water, fire, or smoke disaster has happened, we are called to mitigate the damage and start the cleaning process. A significant part of emergency mitigation is to clean, sanitize, and disinfect the affected areas. The goal is to restore your home to a habitable and safe state.

When we talk about the cleaning process, we have in mind a series of steps that range from conventional cleaning to more robust disinfecting, depending on the damage. For example, sewage water damage will require disinfecting while smoke damage needs deodorizing to neutralize the lingering smoke particles from the air.

Here is a small guide to help you understand what each term means.

Cleaning

Cleaning removes dust, soil, and visible dirt from surfaces. When you clean, you usually wipe surfaces with water and soap or a detergent. Cleaning also includes cleaning the floor with a vacuum and mopping it, as well as cleaning windows with glass cleaners.

Cleaning is essential if you want your home to feel fresh and nice. It removes dirt, allergens, and microorganisms, which can potentially become breeding grounds for bacteria and viruses.

However, cleaning doesn’t kill bacteria or viruses. It simply removes any obvious dirt from surfaces and is a necessary step before our crew starts sanitizing and disinfecting.

Where does most cleaning happen? Floors, doors, and windows are the most common surfaces that should be cleaned to ensure a healthy living environment.

Sanitizing

Sanitizing takes cleaning a step further. With various detergents and cleaning agents, sanitizing reduces the amount of bacteria on surfaces.

You should sanitize your kitchen counters where food is prepared to minimize bacterial growth and ensure food preparation is safe, especially when it comes to raw meat. It is also a good idea to sanitize your bathroom and other common spaces where many people live.

Sanitizing doesn’t kill all bacteria; it just lowers their numbers. Also, sanitizing doesn’t kill viruses and fungi. The flu, Covid-19, the common cold, and chicken pox are some examples of viruses. As for fungi, they are responsible for mold growth in houses and can start growing within 24 to 48 hours of a water disaster.

When water or fire damage has occurred, we first clean and then sanitize. The reason is that we don’t want to cross-contaminate areas with dangerous bacteria. We then proceed with disinfection, which will take care of all remaining bacteria as well as any viruses and fungi that have built up after the disaster.

Disinfecting

Disinfecting kills bacteria, viruses, and fungi and stops their growth. With the help of specific detergents such as bleach, chlorine, or alcohol, you can disinfect kitchens, bathrooms, and other common areas such as hospitals, doctors’ offices, and schools.

Specialized restoration and mitigation companies like Valley Restoration and Construction in Montrose, Colorado, use disinfectant foggers, which distribute disinfecting chemicals in the air to kill bacteria and viruses that are airborne or sitting on hard-to-reach surfaces. Disinfectant foggers are an efficient way to disinfect large areas.

Sterilizing

Sterilizing is necessary for surgery and hospitals. It eliminates all germs, bacteria, viruses, and fungi to make it safe for people to have surgery. Dentists also sterilize their equipment.

Professional crews sterilize with specific chemicals or radiation. Surgical equipment and smaller pieces of gear can be sterilized through steaming or heating with specialized equipment.

Mitigation and restoration companies usually don’t sterilize homes and other areas because it’s not necessary. However, we can do so in cases where it is required.

Deodorizing

Smoke can leave behind a debilitating and dangerous smell. It won’t come out of clothes, materials, and upholstery just by airing the house. Worse, smoke particles survive in the air for weeks.

If you want your home to smell nice and be safe for you and your family after a fire, you need Valley Restoration and Construction to deodorize your home. When we deodorize, we clean the air with thermal fogging, ozone, and HEPA filters that capture smoke particles.

Such deodorizing equipment is not available to homeowners, but quality restoration and mitigation companies have the necessary supplies to clean the air of your home after a fire.

Cleaning, Sanitizing, Disinfecting, and Deodorizing

If your home has suffered from fire, water, or smoke damage, you will require specialized cleaning services. Trust Valley Restoration and Construction in Montrose, Colorado to make your home safe and clean for you and your family. Contact us now online or call us at 970-964-4437. We are available 24/7 and have the know-how and equipment to restore your house to its pristine condition.

The Unexpected Consequences of Water Damage

The Unexpected Consequences of Water Damage

Water damage is never pleasant. Your home and furniture get soaked in water and you need to call a restoration company like Valley Restoration and Construction to mitigate the damage and restore your home.

The first thing to remember is that time is of the essence, as you must be quick to limit the damage. The first two calls you must make are to your insurance company and to an experienced restoration company that will start pumping water from your home.

Through our extensive experience, we have realized that water damage can be treacherous and deceptively harmful. Lingering water is the perfect environment for mold development. Also, when your belongings are immersed in water for long stretches of time, they can be damaged beyond repair. Think of wood, rugs, carpets, upholstery, and other materials that get destroyed by water damage. The faster you act, the more chances you have of salvaging your property and your belongings.

We have helped hundreds of homeowners deal with water damage around Montrose, Colorado. We can also help you deal with the insurance company, thus further speeding up the restoration process.

Mold

The perfect conditions for mold to grow are very similar to those needed for bacteria to grow. Temperatures between 77 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit, humidity levels around 50%, and plenty of food are required for mold growth.

Water damage ensures that there is plenty of humidity for mold to grow. As for food, mold will happily grow on paper, wallpaper, cardboard, insulating material, and wood. It’s hardly a coincidence that these common places where mold grows are also among those that are easily water-damaged.

Electrical Damage

When water gets into your home, it can reach into cables, plugs, and your electrical system. You can’t be sure about the real harm until a certified electrician has come to inspect your electrical system and assessed the damage.

Your electrician will check whether your lines, meter, wiring, boxes, and plugs are dry and undamaged by water. They will also check whether there is a short circuit or any power surges that may result in appliance failure in the future.

Electronics Damage

Any appliance or electronic component plugged in could be affected by water damage, especially if these appliances were functioning when water damage occurred. Think of computers and laptops, television sets, washing machines and dryers, and other electronics. Some of them could be salvageable but others could be damaged beyond repair.

A technician will check your appliances and electronics and advise you on your next steps.

Bugs

Many bugs and insects love humidity. A water-damaged house could be the perfect environment for beetles, mosquitoes, termites, and ticks. As long as it is relatively moist and warm, these unwanted visitors could start breeding in your drywall, wooden furniture, and even inside your moist carpets.

We suggest you get your home checked for bugs and insects as soon as possible. A professional team of exterminators can ensure that your home is not offering hospitality to any uninvited guests.

High Utility Bills

If the water damage was due to a broken or leaky pipe, you could face increased utility bills. Your water bill will probably be higher than expected. In addition, your electricity bill may see an unwelcome spike because of the pumps, vacuums, dehumidifiers, etc. necessary to restore the damage.

As restoration and mitigation specialists, we will make sure that all residual humidity has been removed from your home. We will have dehumidifiers running day and night to remove humidity and return your home’s moisture levels to acceptable and safe levels.

These expenses are unavoidable. If you hire specialists, however, they will make sure that the cause of your water damage has been dealt with properly. You won’t incur high utility bills in the future and you will know your home is fully restored and repaired.

Call Valley Restoration and Construction

You can contact Valley Restoration and Construction online or at 970-964-4437. We are available 24/7 and will be with you to assess the water damage and start the remediation process right away.

After mitigating the water damage, we will start restoring your home. We will dehumidify your belongings and repair drywall, ceilings, pipes, and electrics so that your home is safe for you and your family.

We can also deal with insurance companies on your behalf, thus giving you as much peace of mind as possible during a stressful time. Our wide experience testifies to the quality of our work and the expertise of our crews.