Many homeowners don't have flood insurance, which leaves them financially responsible for any repairs that are needed if their home floods. If you're a homeowner without flood insurance, It may be tempting to save money by drying out your home yourself after a minor flood. You should, however, call a water damage restoration team, because only a professional service has the equipment and expertise to remove excess water from your home as quickly as possible. Although you will have to pay for the cleanup, hiring a company will both keep your family save and preserve your home's value.

Protecting Your Family's Health

SFGate reports that mold spores, which can be hazardous to your family's health, begin to develop 48 hours after a flood. Therefore, it's important to dry out your home as soon as possible. As soon as you're able to, you should

  • remove standing water with a wet-dry vacuum or towels
  • open windows and turn on fans
  • turn on a dehumidifier if you have one

These steps will begin to dry out your home, but few homeowners have enough fans and dehumidifiers to reduce the moisture in an entire house after a flood.

A water damage restoration company will have commercial-grade fans, which are more powerful than ceiling fans and box fans, and they'll have plenty of them. When technicians from the company come in, they'll assess how many fans you need and where to place them. They'll make sure your home is dried out before mold starts to grow and puts your family at risk.

Preserving Your Home's Value

While keeping your family safe from mold ought to be enough reason to call a water damage restoration team, there is another advantage to hiring a professional service that can quickly dry out your home. Carpets, which are likely to be soaked in a flood, can delaminate if they remain wet for too long.

Carpets, no matter how cheap or expensive they are, are made up of three layers, as EHow explains:

  • the primary backing
  • the adhesive
  • the secondary backing

The secondary backing is the uppermost part of the carpet; it's the part of the carpet that you walk on. It's affixed to the primary backing, which sits directly on the subfloor beneath the carpet, with a latex adhesive.

Delamination is the breaking down of the adhesive layer when it is wet for an extended period of time. As it breaks down, the carpet becomes unglued. The secondary backing separates from the primary backing.

If your carpeting becomes delaminated, your home's value will suffer. You'll either need to replace it before selling your house or lower your asking price. Without flood insurance, you'll have to pay for the new carpeting out-of-pocket.

A water damage restoration company can dry out your carpets before they become delaminated. In addition to placing fans, technicians may also rip up parts of your carpet to expose the primary backing and subfloor. They'll then return periodically to make sure that your home's moisture levels are decreasing. Once the extra moisture in your carpets has been removed, the technicians will put your carpets back down and take out the fans.

If your home floods, call a water damage restoration company immediately. Do not delay hiring a company to dry out your home while you deliberate whether it's worth the cost. Having your home promptly dried will likely cost less than installing new carpet would after your current carpet delaminates. Along with being confident that you're making the right financial decision, you'll also be able to sleep soundly knowing that your family is safe from mold spores.