When does property damage mean calling in the pros? The answer is almost certainly always. Not merely because professionals have the training, skills, and credentials to fix the damage, but because seemingly tiny issues can lead to devastating property damage.
Dealing with property damage is not always as clear as a downed fence or broken window. Sometimes the damage is hidden to the untrained eye. Below, we will explain how to spot these things and how technicians can help homeowners sleep better at night.
The Hidden Cost of Fire Damage
Fire might not be something most associate with storms, but it is possible. Lightning can cause fires, even without rain, thanks to dry thunderstorms. Besides that, downed power lines or other electrical devices also present a fire risk.
The smoke from a fire is black because it contains particles of what has burnt, leaving a sooty residue behind. Soot poses more risks the longer it is left undisturbed.
Despite soot being easy to clean, the average homeowner should not attempt to clean it up themselves. Soot particles are invisible when airborne, and homeowners can inhale them without noticing. Soot can cause health effects.
Other common fire damage signs to look for are:
- The smell of smoke
- Paint discoloration
- Rusting of metal and jewelry
Although fire damage is often disastrous, help is available. Fire technicians can meet all homeowners’ fire damage restoration needs.
Understanding How Water Damage Works
Water is one of the most common causes of property damage besides fire. Water damage can even result from dealing with fires. As firefighters spray water throughout a home to save it, they may accidentally cause water damage to that home.
Of course, water damage from floods and storms presents a host of problems. One common form this takes is roof damage. Leaks and water stains are glaring concerns, but simply the presence of debris on a roof could signal hidden water damage.
Hiring professional water damage technicians to assess and mitigate the magnitude of storm damage is essential. Checking for debris, dents, or other damage to your roof and gutter often requires a ladder. Therefore, it is better to hire a professional who will do so safely.
The Hidden Risk of Mold
One common problem homeowners run into after a storm is a mold. Mold can rapidly reproduce, and black mold may cause health effects on people and their pets. It may be necessary to replace entire portions of one’s home when mold infestation is present.
Common hidden signs of mold include:
- Rotten Smells
- White or Black Spots on Clothing
- Water Heater Leaks
- Health Effects
It is better to leave mold remediation to professionals. Coming into contact with mold without the proper training and equipment puts you at risk of breathing in the spores.
Storm Damage Restoration from SERVPRO
SERVPRO of Coppell and West Addison proudly serves the North Dallas, TX, community with first-rate property damage services. Whether property damage is due to storms, neglect, or freak accident, our trained technicians are capable of finding problems homeowners may miss. Our professional restoration team provides fast-acting service that will make your property shine like new.
Call Team Shaw at SERVPRO or Coppell and West Addison at (972) 233-8400, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.