Any kind of water damage, no matter the source, needs to be processed by a licensed water restoration contractor to avoid further damage. Professionals are thorough and meticulous in removing any standing water, drying the remaining moisture, and making the necessary structure repairs. Where water damage is a common occurrence, when it inflicts homeowners, they have plethora of questions. To better help people make sense of the questions, Disaster Services have answered some of the most frequently asked questions below.
Q: Can You Prevent Water Damage?
Whether the water damage occurs from acts of nature or more commonly indoor plumbing failures, there is little that can be done to prevent water damage. To minimize causes of water damage engage in routine maintenance and inspections of the home and property. Learn the location and how to operate the main water shut off valve. Inspect the home periodically for water damage resulting in water stains, leaks, and corrosions in correlation with water heaters, toilets, and pipes. Monitor the water bill, if you should notice an unusual increase, it points to a leak.
Q: What are the Effects of Water Damage?
Water damage can create a lot of different outcomes to the various components to the home, below you find prime examples.
– Wood that is rotted, buckled, or warped.
– The backing of the carpets separate, known as delamination of carpets.
– Harming your health or contributing to the expedited decay, mold and mildew growth as well as exposure to bacteria occurs.
– Potential shock or fire hazards with outlets and electrical devices shorting out or failing from water exposure.
– The paint bubbles and peels.
– Disintegrating drywall or leaving it sag.
Q: What is the Leading Cause of Water Damage in a Kitchen?
Appliances and under the sink are the most likely. Periodically inspect under the sink, removing the clutter to see the full view the bottom floor, pipes, and connections; look for water staining, corrosion, and leaks. Inspect the dishwasher and refrigerator surrounding areas for any water or evidence of a leak. Assess the water lines and hoses to remove any kinks, tighten the connections, look for signs of corrosion on the pipes, water stains, and any links. Check the refrigerator’s drainage pan as well for any mold growth, if some exists, contact a professional.
Q: What Causes the Majority of Water Damage in a Bathroom?
The general places where water damage occurs in the bathrooms are typically the toilets, bathtubs and/or showers, and sinks. Obvious leaks or dripping, mold and abundant mildew growth, pipe corrosion, water stains, kinked water lines, and secure connections all should be checked. Damage effects, staining, and the durability on the walls and flooring should be checked for as well. Keep the door open; utilize exhaust fans, open windows when the weather permits and when the bathroom is not in use to control the humidity levels, avoid mold, and minimize water damage.
Q: What Does Water Damage Look Like on Walls & Cabinets?
A serious leak from the water source behind the wall causes these issues such as soft, discolored and/or warped areas from the water damage. The damage could be more extensive behind the wall and mold could be present if there was long term exposure. Before the problem worsens, contact water damage restoration contractor as soon as possible.
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We will continue to answer more of the FAQ concerning water damage restoration down the road, but if you are experiencing water damage in your home, do not delay and call Disaster Services today for immediate restoration and rebuilding services.