Debunking Two Common Water Damage Misconceptions

Posted on: 21 May 2015

Every year there are an almost countless number of homes that are stricken with some degree of water damage. Unfortunately, this damage has the potential to render your home unsafe for occupation. While it is possible to have this damage repaired, homeowners need to be properly informed about this threat and the repairs it takes to be able to make smart and informed decisions for their home. After dispelling the following two myths, you should find yourself in a much better position to have this type of damage to your home addressed. 

1. Myth: Concrete Floors Are Not Prone To Water Damage

There is a common notion that concrete floors are not prone to experiencing this type of damage. While it is true that concrete will not be susceptible to rotting, there are other problems that can develop after this type of flooring has been flooded. For example, mold can start to grow deep in the pores of these materials, which can result in the concrete becoming discolored and developing a foul odor. 

Fortunately, concrete is one of the easiest water damaged materials to repair. Your contractor will simply need to remove the excess water from the area and deploy special fans to help circulate the air. Circulating the air will help to draw out moisture that has absorbed deep within the concrete, and this can save it from developing cracks in the future. 

2. Myth: Carpets With Sewage Water Damage Can Be Repaired

Often, water damage stems from problems with the home's internal plumbing. In particular, it is a routine problem for the sewage line to become backed up and flood a home. Sadly, there are some homeowners that do not appreciate the unique challenges that are posed by this type of water damage, and this is especially true for those with carpeting in the affected area. 

There is a common belief that you can repair carpet that has suffered water damage from a faulty sewage line. While it is possible for you to dry out the carpet, there is no way to completely sanitize it or remove the odor. As a result, replacing it is almost always the safest and most effective option. 

Water damage can be one of the most expensive problems that homeowners will have to address. However, this type of damage is routinely misunderstood, and this contributed to exacerbating the damage that the property stains. By knowing the truth behind these two myths surrounding water damage, you will be in a position to make more effective and efficient decisions for your home's repair needs. 

To learn more about water damage cleanup, contact a company like Servicemaster of Buncombe County