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Three Unwanted Surprises Of Water Damage

commercial water damage los angeles, commercial water damage cleanup los angelesWater damage is bad enough on its own. The force of a flood can cause significant structural damage not to mention the more common damage caused by excess water simply sitting there soaking into your possessions, walls, and floor. However, water damage is much more than just these things. In fact, the most destructive elements of water damage are often different from the floodwater itself. For this reason, among others, it is important to hire a professional cleaning and restoration contractor after you experience a water damage disaster. One such company is PRC Inc in the Los Angeles area. At PRC Inc, we will help you not just with the obvious effects of water damage but with all others as well for commercial and residential properties. Below are three such effects.


While mold is commonly associated with water damage, it isn’t an immediate effect of a flood. Mold can begin growing within 24-48 hours of the initial flood making a quick response to water damage paramount to minimizing the amount of damage done to your property.

Contaminated Water

Oftentimes flood water contains contaminants that can seriously endanger the lives of people exposed to it. One of the most common contaminants flood water mixes with is sewage. There are a host of deadly, infectious diseases that can be found in sewage or otherwise contaminated water. Cholera, typhoid, and dysentery to name a few can all be contracted through filthy water and all of them can prove to be deadly. It is important that if flooding occurs in your home that you are extremely cautious around the floodwater. Wear protective clothing when around it, and remove anything in your house that has yet to be affected before it is contaminated as well. When this ype of damage occurs though, it is always best to refer cleaning up the mess to the professionals.

Uninvited Critters

People don’t always associate water damage with bugs or insects. However, they are actually a fairly common occurrence after a flood. Cockroaches, termites, and earwigs are a few of the most common bugs that tend to present themselves after a flood. As for most of these bugs, they are gross but relatively harmless. Certain insects like termites, for example, like to eat through wood and over time can cause significant structural damage to your home. To prevent these insects from invading your home make sure to begin the water damage restoration process as soon as possible and make sure there are no extra moisture pockets throughout your home.

Don’t let yourself be taken off guard by all the accompanying dangers that go along with water damage. Just remember, if you have water damage in your home then it is very likely that there will be mold growth, contaminated water, unwanted pests, or all the above. Whether your problem is for commercial or residential water damage, call the pros at PRC Inc in Los Angeles today to have your home restored back to normal and avoid any of these unwanted surprises.