In Illinois, between 2000 and 2018 Illinois homeowners and business owners experienced over 1500 flash floods. At 1st Choice Solutions in Lombard, IL, we have made it our mission to be there for the residents who experience these tragedies and the many other kinds of water damage that can uphold your life and well-being.
Effects On the Home and Business
Without immediate and proper professional treatment from a company like 1st Choice Solutions, water damage can cause major, and in many cases nearly irreversible, damage to the structure of your home or business. Within 24 hours of coming in contact with water, porous surfaces like wood, drywall, and more can start to develop and foster the growth of mold. The growth of mold is dangerous because it continues its growth by eating away at the materials it grows on. This can cause major structural damage to your property that may make your structure unstable and costly to fix. On top of the structural issues, it can cause direct health issues to those inhabiting the space. It can cause watery eyes, sneezing, itching, headaches, fatigue, and difficulty breathing which can be especially dangerous for those with asthma.
When considering water damage to a business, there are additional factors to consider. 1st Choice Solutions knows how seriously our customers take keeping their business in pristine condition. In addition to all of the complications that water damage can cause to the home, businesses may also suffer further complications. Unwanted water can threaten the business’ water supply and flooding, which is considered dangerous “black water”, can cause dangerous bacteria and chemicals to spread across your business. Here at 1st Choice Solutions, we know that downtime for your business can be very costly, so contact us as soon as you have incurred water damage so we can start remediating immediately and get your business back up and running while meeting the necessary safety standards.
First Steps to Take in Preparation
First and foremost, if you are able to safely stop the source of the water damage, do so. For example, if you have a pipe that is leaking, there may be a shut-off valve on the property. Next, be sure to watch for and manage any hazards around water. If the water has any potential of reaching electrical outlets, it would be best to shut off the circuits providing power to those outlets. While you are waiting for 1st Choice Solutions to arrive, you can do your best to ventilate the affected area by opening as many doors and windows as possible. You can also soak up and remove whatever liquid you are able to reach, but remember that standing water is not the only issue. It is vital that a water restoration company like 1st Choice Solutions removes as much water as possible that may have found its way into other parts of the property.
Contact 1st Choice Solutions
As soon as you are safe and able to contact 1st Choice Solutions, reach out to our emergency team who will be ready to help at a moment’s notice. We have a team ready to help in the greater Chicago area and its surrounding cities including Carol Stream, Elmhurst, Hinsdale, Lisle, Lombard, and more. Contact us today to return your home or business back to how you remembered before the water damage!