Water damage refers to various potential losses resulting from water intrusion in places where it will allow uncontrolled attack by microbial or destructive processes like wood rot, mold growth, bacteria proliferation, metal corrosion, swelling of fabrics like wool, plasters, and drywall. The damage from water can be categorized into two forms: direct damage and indirect damage. Direct damage is when the damage is caused directly by water, while indirect damage occurs when the affected object is subjected to conditions that induce its gradual deterioration either due to soil movement, humidity, and wind, or due to aging of the object.

In cases of natural disasters, flood damage restoration takes on an added importance since cleanup is a very difficult task to do. Natural disasters also bring with them the threat of encountering infectious diseases that are carried by microorganisms, especially after floodwaters recede and the affected areas are left stagnant for a long time. This poses a major threat to public health, especially those who have weak immune systems. It is also a health hazard for pets and household members, since animal feces, mud, human feces, chemicals, and dead animals can all carry harmful germs and bacteria that can cause diseases.

The best way to prevent the occurrence of this problem is prevention, which means taking the necessary precautions beforehand. This includes building a home that is adequately protected against floods and ensuring that all vulnerable parts of the house are properly sealed and covered with materials that are resistant to water. One example is ensuring that basement walls and windows are well constructed to withstand high levels of humidity, as well as making sure that doors and windows are sealed to prevent wind from entering the house. Also, doing routine maintenance like cleaning of chimneys, painting of surfaces, regular cleaning of gutters and downspouts, and other fixtures and components of the building should be taken seriously. Doing so will help in the prevention of issues related to moisture or flooding, especially if the damage has been done before the issuance of flood maps.

In cases where the damage is already visible, there are several things that can be done to salvage any efforts for damage restoration and repair. First and foremost, if there is a major leak, it is best to seek professional help from ServiceMASTER Restore in Kalispell, Missoula, and Billings. For leak detection and repair, it is important to hire a licensed and experienced water mitigation contractor. These contractors are equipped with the latest in technology for detecting leaks and repairing damaged structures. They know how to find the source of any leaking water and can also perform the necessary damage restoration and repair activities to prevent further damage. 

Mold growth on walls may not only be due to water leakage but also due to humidity. If mold spores settle on the walls and start to develop, then this is a sign of an unhealthy home that needs serious remedial action. If not treated immediately, the mold may eventually cause structural damage that will be too costly to repair. By hiring a certified water mitigation contractor, homeowners can prevent further mold damage to the walls by drying out the rooms and by drying out the air.

In cases where smoke damage is detected, immediate action is required. Firefighters should use high-pressure air to ventilate a room until the firefighting efforts are complete. This helps in containing the fire and preventing further damage to the structure of the building. By removing the smoke-containment, ServiceMASTER Restore professionals in Kalispell, Missoula, and Billings can also detect the source of any fire or smoke damage. We can then repair or restore the damaged structure as soon as possible.