Dealing with water damage, Flood cleaning after disaster
All homes are at risk of water damage. This can result from a broken water line, sewer backup, flood or plumbing leak, but whatever the situation, it needs to be dealt with immediately.
Main damage due to water damage
The greatest damage comes from direct exposure of water to the source of the problem. It is important to remember that water will migrate horizontally from the source in all directions and therefore the exact perimeter of water damage must be established. Anything that has a chance of being affected should be checked.
Secondary damage occurs when building materials and / or contents are damaged by indirect or prolonged exposure to the presence of mold or excessive moisture in the air. When standing water evaporates, humidity can rise above 60% and over time, fungi and bacteria spores germinate and multiply in organic matter. Because bacteria, fungi and viruses become hyperactive in this humid environment, this can create a health risk for those who live and / or work there.
It should be kept in mind that some water damage, such as that caused by sewage, can include a variety of microbes, in addition to bacteria and fungi, which cause viruses and human parasites.
What to do in case of water damage?
First and foremost, take care of yourself and your family and make sure everyone is safe. Once you are ready, contact your insurance broker to report your claim. You will be assigned a claims adjuster as soon as possible to assess the damage.
Once your claim has been filed, take measures to protect your property against other damage or loss, contact Groupe Enviro Santé Québec to make an appointment with us, to do mold decontamination and cleaning after disaster.
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