The effects of water damage can be devastating. Not only can people lose their livelihoods, through homes becoming inhabitable, or businesses having to close, the long-term impact can also cause on-going issues such as water damage odour.
If not dried properly, water can hang around within a building for a long time, causing damp, rot, corrosion and mould. Four things you definitely don’t want in your property, whether personal or business.
If you can’t see these issues, can they really be that much of a problem? Of course, the answer is a resounding yes. Read on to find out more about concerns over water damage odour and sanitising.
The cause of the water damage in your property will have a big impact on how the restoration process is carried out. Mains water leaks and sewage leaks have obvious differences, with sanitary concerns increasing massively when raw sewage is involved.
It is important to identify the cause of water damage as early on so that the most affected areas can be remediated as quickly as possible to avoid extensive damage. For example, a mains water leak occurring in a plumbing line connected to an upper level of a property will mean that water is going to flow downwards and affect the lower levels e.g., basements. So, it would serve the longevity of the property if all areas were inspected and dried properly to avoid hidden sanitisation and odour concerns.
The water damage odour is unpleasant enough without trying to learn the science behind it, but it is still important to know what exactly causes this particular stench because it highlights other dangers that the damaged property may be host to.
For instance, mould is more than likely the reason for musty odours lingering around the property, as it is an organism that damp environments, especially when combined with warm and dark conditions. The latter making it even harder for mould growth spots to be identified by the naked eye.
Mould is not necessarily the cause behind all post-water damage odours, sometimes the combination of remaining moisture and lack of air circulation contribute to a mouldy or musty odour. Additionally, if the water contained contaminants such as raw sewage, the offensive smells that come hand in hand with this will cause long-lasting odour concerns, unless cleaned and sanitised professionally. Standing water that stagnates for a long period of time can also become host to bad odours that will infiltrate your property, especially commercial properties making use of ventilation systems to circulate air through the building.
Sanitisation of the premises is a very important step to prohibit further growth of mould and bacteria that can pose health risks and generate bad odours. To ensure that proper sanitisation is carried out after water damage, here are some steps that should be followed.
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Water damage restoration is a highly time-sensitive operation because the longer that standing water and moisture is left to absorb into the walls and furnishings of your property, the greater the likelihood that mould, mildew and other unpleasant organisms will start to grow.
At CPL t/a Rainbow Restoration, we have professionals equipped with specialist equipment to assess, restore, sanitise and dry out your property in the event of water damage, saving you the job of having to worry about such unpleasantries. In the event where a sewage leak is the cause behind water damage, professionals experienced in dealing with biohazardous situations is almost essential to reduce the chances of health complications arising as a result of microorganisms in sewage water.
If your property has recently been a victim of water damage and you are worried about suspicious odours, head to our contact page and get in touch today. A member of our team will respond to your enquiry as soon as possible because if there’s one thing we understand, it’s that mould doesn’t wait for anybody.