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Water Damage

Water Damage

Water Damage

When you live near a large body of water, as we do, you are in line for storms and floods that can destroy your home or business. But, not only do these events of nature cause water problems for us, home-caused events do the same. Consider what bathtubs overflowing, pipes bursting, toilets overflowing, hot tubs leaking, washer lines bursting, fire sprinklers doing their job, and roofs leaking can do to your home and business.

 

There are three water quality categories that damage structures. First, Category 1 includes water that doesn’t threaten people immediately and is called “clean water.” That’s the water from pipes coming into your house and clean bathtub water. The second category of water contains some chemical, physical, or biological contamination that could make people sick. Called “gray water,” it may harbor deadly micro-organisms that originate from urine in toilets and dishwasher discharge. Third is “black water,” filled with deadly bacteria and fungi, it can cause major health problems. Examples include sewer water with fecal matter and ground surface water rising from the lakes or rivers when floods occur.

Effects of Water Damage

Effects of Water Damage

Some effects of floods occur when they flood the sewer system and cause great pressure that causes a backflow eruption from your toilet, contaminating your home with deadly bacteria. Water damage from the sewer can spread diseases like E Coli, Campylobacteriosis, Giardiasis, Hepatitis A, and Cryptosporidiosis. Quickly removing this water can save your family from these death-threatening health problems.

 

However, the biggest water damage problem comes from rotting or warping hardwoods, de-laminating materials like plywood, and rusting steel. All of these must be removed and replaced. This kind of water damage in your walls or ceilings can cause mold that will destroy your house if you don’t act quickly. If not acted upon, these damages also end up costing hundreds of thousand of dollars to repair, and can also lead to diseases that attack your health and even your life.

Repair

Repair

The solution is to remove, replace, and restore what’s been damaged. The damaged ceilings, walls, flooring, appliances, furniture, and personal belongs all need to be removed from the scene of the flood or leak. The damaged materials need to be replaced, and restored. Reconstruction will likely be necessary, which requires carpenters and craftsmen who are trained to do the repairs efficiently and correctly. If it’s been more than two days, mold growth is likely and wet drywall, flooring, and carpets will need to be removed and replaced. Our reconstruction and mold specialists will clean and make any repairs needed, fully cleansing your home from mold. We are here to help you. Contact us for a consultation.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How can I tell if all hidden water damage has been removed?

There are telltale signs that indicate that more needs to be done to get rid of hidden water damage. These include peeling paint and wallpaper; moist walls, woodwork, ceilings, or floors; damp carpets; visible mold, and musty odors. Be sure to pay attention to these concerns to avoid further costly problems.

Should I call my insurance company first when my building is flooded?

No. As a matter of fact, insurance companies recommend that you first call the water damage restoration company to begin cleanup as soon as possible. You should never wait for the adjuster to arrive before starting the cleanup. Lost time in cleanup means lost money.

What are the most likely sources of water damage?

Water enters buildings in multiple ways, including floods and storms. But the most likely ways water enters include burst pipes, appliance valve failures, foundation leaks, and sewage backups. All of these can cause many inches of water to build up in a very short time.

How can water damage be dangerous?

Water damage is dangerous to both property and health:

  1. Water quickly soaks through anything it comes in contact with, and destroys organic materials like paper, wood, and books. When contaminated, water spreads a variety of microbes, as well as deadly viruses and bacteria. Flood waters, in particular, typically contain hepatitis, cholera, and other serious diseases.
  2. Mold, another extremely dangerous problem resulting from water damage, if not removed will spread quickly throughout the building by releasing spores into the air that then move throughout the structure, even into dry places. Eventually, it can mean tearing out walls and removing contaminated materials. And, mold spores can cause a number of health problems, including fatigue, nausea, infections, and even neurotoxic complications.
What’s involved in water damage restoration?

The water damage cleanup process involves the following steps:

  1. First, we remove all standing water.
  2. Secondly, we use dehumidifiers—possibly for many days—and specialized equipment to dry out the area.
  3. Third, to insure everything is dry, we use moisture meters and thermal imaging cameras.
  4. Fourth, if necessary, we also remove and replace drywall, clean carpets, repair floors, remove mold, do odor control and air duct cleaning.

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