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What Happens When Water Sits in the Basement?

11/5/2019 (Permalink)

pipes in basement Source of Water Damage

One of the most common calls SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian receives is water damage in the basement of a home. Water always seeks to go from high ground to low ground which is why it usually causes damage in a lower level.

When water damage occurs, mold and/or bacteria can begin to form is as little as 48 hours. Recently, a Davidsonville homeowner contacted SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian because a broken drain pipe seal in their finished basement caused water and mold damage. There was damage in the closet, main living area, walls and vents.

The best thing you can do to protect your property is to determine the source of the water leak. Once the cause has been determined and repaired by a plumber, mitigation can begin.

Contact your homeowner’s insurance provider to notify them of the issue. They will assist you with submitting a claim.

SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian works with all insurance providers and we streamline the claim process. When we arrive at your home, we will inspect the damaged area to ensure proper drying and dehumidification, cleaning and repair.

Otherwise, mold and bacteria can begin to grow. If you have a mold problem in your home or business, consider the following facts:

  • Significant mold growth can occur in 48-72 hours.
  • Mold may present a greater risk to children, the elderly, and anyone with respiratory problems.
  • A strong, musty odor may indicate hidden mold behind drywall or under carpeting.

When water damage puts your home at risk, call the water mitigation specialists at SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian.

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