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Tips for Controlling Water Damage and Stinky Smells | SERVPRO of Allen

5/1/2024 (Permalink)

water dripping from ceiling into a large puddle on tile floor Trust our team at SERVPRO of Allen to provide comprehensive services for a full recovery for all your water damage restoration needs.

You don’t want to think about it, but the possibility of suffering from a water disaster is always present. A broken dishwasher, an overflowing sink or a water leak during a rainstorm can cause some serious puddles and floods at a moment’s notice.

Minor drips and puddles can usually be taken care of with a towel or a mop, but larger disasters can quickly cause more problems once the water starts to leak and seep throughout your home.

Dealing with a water disaster right away is crucial if you want to prevent further issues from occurring. A quick call to SERVPRO of Allen can help you avoid rot, mold growth and stubborn musty odors.

The Characteristics of Water

We all have water flowing through our homes in various ways, and we assume that it will always stay where it needs to in our pipes and fixtures. Unfortunately, leaks can happen at any time, and once water gets where it shouldn’t, it will start to infiltrate your floors, walls and ceiling. Water can be really hard to get to when it makes its way behind finished walls or under your wooden floorboards.

To make matters worse, there isn’t proper air movement in these areas of your home, so any sort of moisture in these spaces can linger and become stagnant. It will continue to leak throughout your home until you stop the flow of water and address the problem head-on.

Over time, this lingering water will start to wear away at your home’s internal structures, causing wood to swell, metal to rust and it can even cause mold to form. In only 24–48 hours, a few mold spores can grow into an entire colony.

Tracking Down the Stink

Even if you think you cleaned up all of the water, it is important to let your nose do some investigating over the following week. Mold tends to give off a musty or earthy odor, so if you catch a whiff of something stinky in the room that suffered the water disaster, it is time to get us on the phone.

Our team has the tools and training to figure out exactly what is causing the smell, and we will work hard to access the space with minimal disruption to your home. We will remove the lingering water while also focusing on odor removal. We will secure the affected area by shutting off your HVAC system and closing your vents, and then we will filter the air to remove those stubborn odor particles.

It is our mission to make sure your home is damage-free and smelling fresh before we leave your house!

Don’t ignore signs of a water leak. Contact SERVPRO® for a full recovery.

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