Water damage is a big problem in any home or workplace, not to mention a very common one. Water spills and flooding are not uncommon, and if not properly dealt with they can indeed get worse. Fire burns quickly and destroys everything in its path immediately However water is slower with its destruction but just as bad. If left unchecked. Water damage can grow from a fixable problem to rendering a whole house inhabitable.
These are a few ways water damage can cause big problems over time:
- Rusty Pipes: Unchecked leaks can cause pipes to begin to rust. And this will only lead to bigger leaks, or even leaks beginning to sprout from other parts of the pipe. Once this happens, a vicious cycle has begun. And this will lead to a water damage problem that would be very expensive to fix. Whereas fixing one leaky pipe when the problem could have saved you all of the extra trouble and cost.
Ceiling damage: When a roof is leaky, it begins to ruin the ceiling. Which then drips water down into the house. However, putting a bucket under the leak is not in any way dealing with the problem. But only prolonging the time the water damage takes to ruin your house. The longer the damage stays, the more the damage will spread. It will cause the ceiling to discolor and begin to develop bulges, mold will grow. Thus the damage will spread to the walls, which will also begin to discolor and develop mold until eventually, the whole thing is irreparable and needs to be replaced.
- Holes in concrete: A small leak in a part of the house you don’t notice can become the undoing of your home very quickly and as such leaks should be found and dealt with as soon as possible. If a leak is left unchecked, it would get through concrete and can become detrimental to the structural integrity of your home by eating into your foundations.
- Devaluation of property: Very few things can devalue property as water damage does. It is horrible to look at, and cannot be painted over. If not properly taken care of, it will get past the point of no return, and in the event of an attempted sale, inspectors will nose out these flaws and document them causing your home to be valued at very low prices, or even worse, not to be sale-worthy at all.
Restoring a home after water damage generally involves two phases.
The first is drying out the structure and cleaning up from the water. This can take anywhere from three to five days, depending on how long the home received the water exposure.
The second part of the process, restoring the home to its former state, takes longer. It will be anywhere from several days to several weeks, depending on how badly your home has been damaged. The water restoration process is different for every case. But generally, we can get the job done quickly and efficiently in these two steps.
- Drying Out the Home: The drying process begins once all the standing water in your home has been removed. Our water restoration company uses air movers during drying. These machines circulate air around the room, much like fans but with a lot more power. We will switch positions of the air movers periodically to ensure everything gets exposed to the air. We may use them in many ways, such as pulling up parts of the carpet and aiming the air at them or positioning the air movers in front of different sections of walls. We also use other strategies to help the area dry out. We may need to:
- Remove drywall or drill holes in it
- Take out your baseboards
- Clean air ducts and carpets
- Deploy floor mats to absorb water from hardwood floors
- Restoring Your Home: The second and longer part of the restoration process may last a few weeks or more. We always stay on the same page as our customers and talk to them about the timeline and anything that occurs that may delay parts of the process. The restoration process involves figuring out what can be salvaged from your home and what has been too severely damaged to save. Our customers assist us with input about what the house looked like before the water damage. Some decide they want to make changes to the area since they have the chance. Others prefer it is restored as similarly as possible to the pre-water damage design. Our crew works daily to get the process finished, as many homeowners prefer to stay in their homes, if possible, while the restoration takes place. We want to finish as fast as we can, so you can have your house back. But we also want to do a thorough job, so nothing goes unfinished. To do the best job we can, we might undertake any of the following:
- Upholstery Cleaning
- Odor removal
- Mold Remediation
- Sewer clean-up