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Useful Information on Water Damage

7/25/2017 (Permalink)

Useful Information on Water Damage

Water damage is one of the scariest things homeowners can think of. Many of them know what water damage entails. However, a few understand exactly what causes it, how to repair the damaged parts and how to ensure it never occurs again. Below is a list of everything you need to know about water damage.

Common Causes

Water damage and flood damage may occur if excess water accumulates in areas where it is not supposed to be. Several factors can cause this excess water in your business or home. The most common factors include pipe break, issues with the plumbing system, faulty household items, natural disasters, leaky roof, supply line break and improper grading. Many of these issues are difficult to detect during the early stages. They only become known after they cause serious damages.

Removing Standing Water

Removing standing water in a flooded home is the first step towards water damage restoration. It is important to get rid of the accumulated water in the home or business as soon as possible to allow the flooded areas to dry. Do not attempt to repair the flood damage yourself. Hire a reputable restoration company to do the water cleanup job on your behalf. A restoration company has well trained and qualified personnel who know exactly where to start from and what to avoid.

Most likely, the restoration company experts will use a pump or any other tool to do water cleanup. They will remove the water from the flooded home and check to see if the cause is due to a pipe break, supply line break or any other plumbing issues that might bring water in your home.

Water Restoration

Once you remove water from your flooded home, start the restoration process. Again, you need a restoration company to do the work. The company will begin by checking the severity of the pipe break, supply line break or any other plumbing issue that might have brought water in your home or business. After that, they will kick-start the water cleanup process by drying up all the affected areas. There are special drying tools specifically designed to do the job very quickly. Drying the water in your business or home will prevent the growth of molds in the flooded area.

Once the water in your business or home is completely dry, the restoration experts will check the walls and other parts of the flooded home to see the extent of the damage. They will also check to see the extent of pipe break or supply line break and decide if there is need for replacement. They may use their drying tools to cleanup if they find the walls and other areas to be wet.

The water cleanup process will finally end with foundation repair. In some severe cases, the flood water in the home or business may seep through the floor down to the foundation. The restoration experts will check to see how far the water in the business or home has gone. In most flood damage cases, the water from supply line break and pipe break do not reach the foundation.

Mitigation Measures

There is a little you can do to prevent flood damage caused by natural disasters such as storms and earthquakes. However, there are a lot of mitigation measures you can employ to reduce the likelihood of flood damage occurring in your home or business. One mitigation measure involves frequently checking for any incidences of pipe break and supply line break to prevent water damage. There are also other mitigation measures you can employ. You can remove debris from the gutters, seal cracks in the foundation, install window well covers and seal cracks around the house.

Removing debris from the gutter or installing window well covers by yourself is very dangerous. You need a restoration expert to handle these tasks.
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