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Monsoon Of Misconceptions: 3 Water Damage Myths To Rain On Your Parade

January 14, 2014

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Monsoon Of Misconceptions: 3 Water Damage Myths To Rain On Your Parade

AOA Blog9 Img resized 600What do you know about water damage restoration? Scratch that. The better question is, “What do you think you know about water damage restoration?”

With the recent run of harrowing hurricanes, super storms and other tide-and-torrent treacheries, there’s been a serious onslaught of untruths about water restoration and property damage repair.

It’s time to tidy up the tall tales and replace them with the facts. Don’t get caught in this monsoon of misconceptions about water damage restoration.

Once the carpet is dry, that noisy equipment says goodbye.
One of the biggest and most common mistakes in water removal is removing the drying equipment before the drying is complete. You may think your property is dry, but don’t be so sure. You simply cannot rely on your carpets or cushions to serve as benchmarks for dryness. Not only is this inaccurate, but it’s also not a defendable statement if litigation crops up down the line.

    • Carpet and cushions dry more quickly than other materials.
    • Ineffective drying has the pesky potential to transform small-scale water damage into a multi-thousand dollar mold remediation project.

Restoration specialists use professional cleaning equipment to measure moisture content and determine if it’s been restored to normal standards. These meters and sensors document and record data that justify the right time to remove that noisy water restoration equipment.

It’s all about the water.
Yes, water removal is the first step in property damage remediation. But it doesn’t stop there. Proper sanitation, disinfection and anti-fungicide treatments must be applied to ensure your situation doesn’t get moldy. Remember: Mold prevention is less costly and much less taxing on your peace of mind than full-scale mold removal.

Check out our previous blog post on professional mold removal to dig up the moldy truths.

You save money if you do it yourself.
This myth runs rampant when storms and other natural disasters strike. Many people falsely believe one of two things: 1) Replacing property and possessions is cheaper than salvaging them, or 2) Doing it yourself, whether you’re replacing or restoring, is less costly than hiring a professional cleaning and restoration company to help you out.

To put it simply: false on both accounts.

    • Cleaning and restoration are two components of the mitigation process that is both efficient and cost effective, especially when compared to the (much higher) costs of replacement.
    • A few hundred dollars of remediation turns into thousands of dollars of replacement, especially if you delay the project.
    • Today’s restoration specialists have extremely powerful equipment to both clean and remove contaminates, saving you expensive replacement costs.
    • Water damage that is not handled properly (e.g., due to a poor DIY-restoration job) and worsens costs 3.8 times more to repair.

The takeaway? You actually save money when you bring in the restoration specialists to tackle your water and/or storm damage restoration project.

Don’t let these water damage misconceptions rain on your parade. Click the button below to reach out to an AOA Restoration Navigator™ and we’ll make sure your property is restored to normal: no moldy myths included.

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