Water damage is no fun, especially if you aren’t even aware of it for some time. But if you look up at your ceiling and see a dark stain, chances are good it’s from water. What should you do? There are definitely some steps to follow. Here’s a quick guide to help you at the first signs of water damage:
If you notice a stain on your ceiling, chances are good that water has been damaging the floor above you for some time. Even if it’s been weeks, as soon as you notice it, it’s time to take action. The longer water sits, the more damage it will do, and the harder it will be to manage the cleanup process.
If you have ceiling stains, it’s likely there is standing water somewhere above. Extracting that water is the key to reducing the damage, not only to the ceiling, but to other areas on the level above. The process of water extraction should be done by a professional. The primary reason is experience. Though it’s tempting to want to clean it up yourself, it’s pretty much guaranteed there is water where you can’t see it that will need attention.
Standing water doesn’t only cause damage, it can smell really bad. And even worse, it can cause mold growth, which can be a major health hazard. After the water is extracted and the area thoroughly dried, it’s really important to deodorize to get rid of the smell and sanitize to prevent the growth of mold.
Do you have a stain on your ceiling? It’s probably from water. Call Whitehall Carpet Cleaners at 803-732-3200, anytime, day or night, for help with water damage in your home or contact us.