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When Your Home Needs Water Damage Repair
When Your Home Needs Water Damage Repair
There is almost nothing more disruptive for a homeowner than needing water damage repair, except the potential damage caused by water in the first place. Set free in your house, water causes extreme damage and safety concerns and leads to mold and health scares.
How Water Damage Occurs
Water Damage occurs for any number of reasons and sometimes it goes on long before you notice it. The most common ways in which water damage occurs are the following:
- Pipes – Leaking, burst, or cracked pipes are common in homes, especially older homes where pipes might need replacing. Spots with prior repairs are more susceptible to future damage with time and use. Weather changes and weakened areas of pipe can all lead to water damage in your homes.
- Flooding – Flooding whether caused by heavy rain, plumbing failures, or groundwater exposure, causes extensive damage and affects many surfaces and items in your home from the floor to ceiling including electrical outlets, TV’s and appliances, and furniture.
- Basements and Crawlspaces - Accumulating water can sit and collect in damp and cool places like a basement or crawlspace.
Results of Unrepaired Water Damage
Even the smallest amount of water damage can lead to deteriorating housing materials and fungal growth like mold. Mold loves to multiply in damp, moist, and dark locations. Areas in your home that were not properly cleaned and dried are perfect hosts for mold. Humid locations are especially susceptible to mold growth. Mold spores are also airborne, spread quickly, and toxic to your health.
You Have Water Damage. Now What?
First, when accessing if you should attempt water damage repair before calling a professional also determine whether it is safe to remain in your home. The biggest concern is your electrical system and the potentials for injury from slipping. Then,
- The sooner you clean the better. If the water damage is manageable and your safety in check, begin the clean-up process right away.
- Water is heavy. Removing water logged and soaking wet items is a laborious task, therefore be aware of your own abilities and safety when removing wet items.
- Leave your vacuum in the closet. Your household vacuum is not equipped to handle water removal. Use a mop and bucket, or another absorbent cloth, to soak up and dispose of the water manually. Blot rugs and furniture with absorbent material to soak up the water.
- Hang up those wet fabrics. Leaving any fabric material soaking in water is a fungus breeding ground. Remove cushions, curtains, blankets, and throw rugs to dry elsewhere.
- Keep those appliances and electronics off. Your electronics could have water damage where you cannot see it.
- Clean up. Clean up and remove everything from the waterlogged area that isn’t bolted in place.
Leaving any water damaged areas unrepaired leads to further damage and toxic living situations.
Lastly, call a well-trained water restoration professional with industrial equipment to ensure water damage repairs happen immediately and properly. A water damage professional handles the entire repair process from removing the water to ensuring everything in your home is dry; preventing mold growth and further material damage, protecting your health and making your home safe again.
Tips to Prevent Water Damage in Your Home
Charlotte Water Damage Restoration Tips
Water damage is something no one wants to deal with, large or small. It can reek havoc in your home or business, and the cleanup required can be both time consuming and expensive, especially in cases where large areas are effected, or damage that later results in mold. When water damage occurs, it not only compromises part, if not all, of the structure of the dwelling, but the furnishings, appliances, collectibles and a number of other things.
Many times water damage comes from leaky or busted water pipes in a bathroom or kitchen. In the bathroom, there are a few simple things you can do to possibly prevent future problems. For one thing, if you don't have an exhaust fan, install one. Steam and humidity that results from your baths and showers provide a perfect environment for mold to grow; exhaust fans will control this. Also, watch for stains or spots forming on the walls that could indicate leaking pipes behind the sheet rock or other wall coverings. You might want to repair the grout or chalking around your tub, shower, or toilet that is beginning to get loose, especially if you are noticing small puddles of water around these areas.
Though you cannot see below the tiles, the moisture could be causing damage to the wood flooring beneath. If this is happening, it could also be a breeding ground for wood damaging insects. One other thing you definitely need to do is check the pipes located under the counters in not only the bathroom, but kitchen as well. Since you have to get down on your knees and move items that may be stored in front of, or under them, you don't know there is a problem until it is too late. If you see the fittings, or the pipes are getting rusty and worn, you should replace them.
Here are a few significant and handy protection tips:
- Check to make sure the water hoses running from the washing machine are in good repair
- Dishwashers should be checked regularly as they have a high potential to leak. Installing steel braided hoses on appliances may be worth looking into.
- Pipes and connections should be checked regularly
- Avoid flushing foreign objects down the toilet
- Remember to clean out roof gutters as this is a major cause of water damage
If water damage has already occurred, here are some tips to help minimize damage:
- Turn off the source of the water intrusion
- Remove furniture and rugs off the floor or they may leave permanent stains
- Avoid lifting up carpets from edges as this may cause shrinkage which is virtually impossible to repair.
- Use foil to put between furniture legs and carpet
- Wipe down your furniture
- Don't use an ordinary vacuum cleaner to suck up water
- Put down towels and mop to soak up excess water
- Turn on air conditioning to dehumidify air and turn on fans (if safe to do so)
- Call an IICRC qualified water damage business as soon as possible.
Clean Water - Gray Water - Black Water - what's the difference?
CLEAN ? GRAY ? BLACK ?
When facing water damage, understanding what type of water you are dealing with is critical to ensure proper cleanup. There are three types of water. Clean water ... is from a broken pipe, or other water source; rainwater is also considered clean. The term gray wateris used to classify slightly contaminated water. Clean water becomes gray water when it is left untreated allowing bacteria and other contaminants to begin growing, making the water hazardous. Black water is highly contaminated and filled with fungi, bacteria, chemicals and more. Sewage damage, flooding or any type of natural disaster typically causes black water. Trained professionals should always handle black water. When you have water damage -- Do Not leave your property to chance. Call your SERVPRO team.
Note: If exposed to harmful waste, OSHA recommends a post-exposure medical evaluation. Consult your local health department or physician.
DID YOU KNOW ?
Call SERVPRO ...
Did you know ? ... It only takes 1 to 2 inches of water to begin damaging your property.
The cost of water damages can increase with time. Wood floors warp, dry wall soaks in moisture and mold develops in hard-to-reach areas of your home or business. The benefit of a fast response for mitigation ...Your costs go down as potential hazards may be avoided.
Picture this .... It's 8:00 pm on a Sunday, and you walk into your home after a relaxing vacation expecting to turn on the lights, put your luggage in your bedroom and get a nice cold glass of water then get some rest.
The only problem ... A water pipe has burst over the weekend, dumping thousands of gallons of water over your hard wood kitchen floor, the carpet in the living room as well as the vinyl floor in your laundry room. What do you do now ?
When your home or business is under water, mitigation cannot wait. Call SERVPRO immediately