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Tackling Water Leaks to Avoid Stinky Smells | SERVPRO of Hayward

5/1/2024 (Permalink)

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Imagine coming home after a long day and immediately stepping into a puddle of water once you close the door behind you. Your dishwasher leaked. You left a window open and a storm came through. Your bathroom sink started leaking unexpectedly.

However it happens, your first instinct will most likely be to grab a mop and bucket or some towels to clean up the mess. Unfortunately, that often is not enough to fully get the situation under control. Water can quickly leak and seep under your floors or behind your walls and cause serious issues for you.

That’s why we always recommend a professional when it comes to water damage cleanup! We can help you avoid serious problems like mold, rot and stinky lingering odors like mildew.

Addressing the Leak First

Water can cause problems the moment it gets where it shouldn’t be in your home. It will start to leak down under your floorboards, behind your walls and ceiling, and it will find every crevice that it can.

As you sop up the standing water with a mop or a towel, the unfortunate reality of the situation is that some of the moisture has already made it to an area of your house that is really hard to reach without professional help. The water that is now behind your walls and under your feet will linger, causing it to become stagnant. The lack of air movement will also help ensure it can’t dry out properly.

Over time, this moisture will start to degrade your home’s internal structures, causing metal to rust, beams to swell and mold can even start to grow. Did you know that it only takes 24–48 hours for a few mold spores to grow into an entire colony? You could wind up dealing with a dangerous mold outbreak just a few days after seemingly recovering from a water disaster.

Follow the Smell

If you thought you got all of the water cleaned up but start to notice that your room smells funny a few days later, it might be mold. Mold and mildew give off a musty or earthy odor, which can typically be identified rather quickly. However, just because you can smell it, doesn’t mean that you can easily access it if it is growing in an area that you can’t get to.

In comes the pros at SERVPRO®! Our team will work on removing any residual moisture while also tackling your mold problem with safety in mind. In addition to providing mold remediation, we can also remove any lingering musty odors. We will turn off fans and shut down your HVAC system to contain the odor particles and then we will filter the air to make sure it smells fresh and clean once more.

Don’t ignore signs of a water leak. Contact SERVPRO for a full recovery.

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