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Dealing With a Smelly Situation After a Water Leak | SERVPRO of Reno Southwest

5/1/2024 (Permalink)

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You discovered a water leak when you came home from work. Your dishwasher malfunctioned while you were gone and water is now all over your floor, or you left a window open and rain came pouring in, leaving your wall soaking wet.

You might think that grabbing a mop and a bucket or some towels will be enough to help take care of the problem, but unfortunately that is not always the case. If the water has been left to leak throughout your house for any period of time, you could be dealing with a much bigger problem than just a simple puddle.

Dealing with water disasters quickly by hiring a professional to help is crucial if you want to avoid serious issues like mold growth, rot and stinky odors like mildew.

Addressing Water Leaks

Once water gets where it shouldn’t be in your home, it can wreak havoc all over your walls, floors and ceiling. It will leak and seep into the tiniest of cracks and crevices, which can quickly lead to water ending up in really hard-to-reach areas.

If you come upon a water leak at home, of course your first instinct will be to grab towels to start drying up the mess. While that might take care of most of the visible water, you won’t be able to access the lingering moisture behind your drywall or under your floorboards. Unfortunately, this kind of moisture doesn’t simply evaporate like you might think it will. Without access to proper air movement, it can linger, causing further damage just out of sight.

Over time, it can start to degrade your home’s internal structures, cause any metal support systems to start rusting and mold can even set in. It only takes 24–48 hours for a few mold spores to grow into an entire colony, which means you could be dealing with a dangerous mold outbreak on top of frustrating water damage.

Following Your Nose

One of the classic signs of mildew and mold is the smell that they give off. If you notice a musty or an earthy odor a few days after cleaning up an unsuspecting water leak, it may be time to follow your nose to track down the source. However, that can be difficult to do if you think there is something sinister growing behind your walls!

That’s where we come in. Our water damage restoration team is highly trained on reversing water damage, but we can also address issues that were caused by the lingering moisture as well. In addition to repairing warped walls and addressing swollen floorboards, we will also track down any mold infestations or musty smells left over in the aftermath of the water disaster.

Our odor removal specialists will secure the area by turning off vents and your HVAC system and then we will filter the air to remove those stubborn odor particles. We will also clean and sanitize the surface to remove anything left behind. When it comes to water damage and the stinky odors it can leave behind, our restoration team has you covered.

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

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