A small leak may not seem like a big deal, but leaving even small amounts of flood and water damage untreated can become a mold nightmare.
Catching leaks or floods right when they start is key and early treatment can save your business thousands of dollars in cleanup and repairs.
Floods aren’t always caused by a natural disaster. Flood and water damage can be the result of clogged sewage or drainage systems, broken pipes, appliance failures and more. Some business owners choose to ignore water and flood damage, thinking it will dry out eventually. This can be a costly mistake. Here’s a look at 3 ways flood and water damage can wreak havoc on your business:
1. Health Risks
Flood and water damage is one of the most costly and common hazards in the United States, according to FEMA. When the damage is left untreated, it can result in a myriad of health risks, including:
- Contamination – Chemicals, dirt, and toxins can enter your business through the flood or water and can contaminate drinking water, pollute the air, and breed harmful bacteria.
- Mold – Any presence of moisture can breed mold, and once it starts it can spread quickly and easily. Mold in your business can mean respiratory infections, chronic headaches, allergies and a host of other health concerns for your employees and customers.
- Bugs – Bugs love moisture, and they commonly seek out wet areas to lay their eggs. No business owner wants to have a bug problem. Hatching eggs bring even more bugs, and dying bugs spread disease.
2. Costly Repairs
In addition to posing some serious health risks, flood and water damage can wreak havoc on your businesses financials. In fact, the cost of repair is directly related to how long you wait after the water event to have it treated. The sooner treatment begins, the less your business will spend for water damage repair. Alternatively, the longer you wait, the worse the damage will get and the more costly the repair will be.
3. Property Damage
The presence of water in your business is like a ticking time bomb. As time goes on, the damage will spread. Mold will eventually take over the floors and walls. Drywall will be ruined. Pipes will corrode. Your business’s electrical system can become compromised. The entire structure will be weakened. Much of the property damage may not be immediately visible, but over time you will start to notice more staining on the walls, musty odors, and other signs of water damage.
Summit Restoration Can Help
If your business has experienced flood or water damage, it’s vital that you seek professional treatment right away. Summit Restoration specializes in water, mold, and fire damage repair and is here to help clean up after your emergency. Our flood and water damage restoration team provides fast, friendly service to businesses and residential properties in northern Utah, ranging from Logan to Provo. We are available 24/7 to respond to your emergency. Give us a call today!