There are many water damage myths out there about restoration of property damage. Many of these theories might have been true in past, when technology was not as advanced as the modern equipment present today. However, the professional restoration companies are trained to see beyond these fallacies and they can apply right action plan in order to mitigate damages.
Following are some common water damage myths and truths behind them:
1. The cost to replace is less than the cost to restore:
In many cases, it is less expensive to clean and salvage the structure and the contents, as compared to the cost of replacement. It can vary with circumstances. For example, if after an incident of fire, smoke soot has not been cleaned properly from the surfaces, the only option is replacement. A trained and professional restoration company can successfully clean and remove the contaminants, avoiding the high replacement costs.
2. If you clean the carpets, they will get dirty more quickly:
It was true in past, when the equipment, materials and techniques which were used left soap residue on carpet. Because of this soap residue the carpet attracted more dirt than it did before cleaning. But now, the process of cleaning prevents this from happening.
3. The drying process in a home is complete when carpets are dry:
It is a big misconception that is far from the truth. The reason for this is that the carpets dry more quickly than the structural materials. Therefore, drying process gets complete only when all structural items, like walls and cement floors, become completely dry. The professionals use latest sensors and meters in order to measure moisture levels.
4. If a home is damaged by fire, there will always have the smell of smoke, so cleaning it fast is not necessary:
If the smoke residue is not cleaned immediately after an incident of fire, irreversible damaged may be suffered to the valuables in home, because of acidic nature of smoke particles.
5. Doing it yourself is cheaper compared to hiring professional restoration company:
In some cases it holds true, but you should be very careful, since you might have to pay more for a botched repair in the long run.
Some other misconceptions also exist which can hinder the mitigation and the restoration of the property damage after a disaster. If you are in doubt, consult with a professional restoration company, like Gold Coast Flood Restorations.