Water Damage Restoration
Water restoration can be a simple process of vacuuming up the water and drying out the room or it can require extensive work on an entire home or section of a building.
It’s every homeowner’s worst nightmare. You come home after a long day at the office. You walk into the kitchen and step into a puddle. It’s a leak. Sure, a plumber can help you stop the leak, but what about all the damage it has already caused? You need water restoration services to clean up and repair your home. Keep reading to learn more about water damage, what causes it, where it can occur, and what you can do about it.
Water Damage Causes
The harm caused by water is all too common in homes. How does this harm happen? Water damage can be a result of any number of events. It could be from water in your home or exterior water entering your home. Burst pipes, plumbing problems, and sewage backupsare all common causes of water damage. Exterior water entering your home can be caused by damaged roofing, broken gutters, or cracks in the siding or foundation.
These structural issues can lead to flooding or other serious water damage. There are a number of events that can cause water damage and these issues must be addressed before you can begin cleaning and restoring the home.
What Does Water Damage Look Like?
There are many indicators of water damage, some easier to spot than others. Your home may be showing signs of water damage and you may not even know it. Look out for these common signs of water damage.
- Unpleasant odors: Resting water promotes bacterial and mold growth, which gives off a distinct, musty odor.
- Stains: You may also see water stains on the ceilings, walls, and flooring.
- Peeling paint: Water can cause paint to peel, so be on the lookout for damaged paint.
- Flooring damage: If water seeps into the lowest levels of the flooring, you may begin to see some distinct signs like warped boards, uneven spots, and more.
- Sagging ceilings and walls: When water saturates building materials, it becomes heavy, causing them to sag.
- Mold: As mentioned before, mold thrives in moist areas. If you notice excessive mold growth, you likely have water damage.
Where To Look For Water Damage
Unfortunately, you may begin to experience the negative side effects of water damage before you even notice there is a problem. And finding the source of the water can be even more difficult. There are, however, some areas of the home where water damage is more prevalent. These rooms include the bathroom, kitchen, and basement as these are the rooms with the largest number of pipes. Any room in your home can, however, sustain water damage, so be sure to look for the signs listed above all around your home.
What Harm Can Water Damage Cause?
Water damage can wreak all sorts of havoc on a home. Water can naturally damage certain building materials like wood, drywall, and more. This leads to structural damage, turning your home into a safety hazard. Water also promotes bacteria and mold growth, which can cause even more structural damage to other areas like the insulation and ceiling materials. Not only will mold harm the home, but it can also negatively impact your and your family’s health. It can cause allergic reactions, breathing difficulties, headaches, and more. For these reasons, it is crucial that you clean up water damage as quickly as possible.
What You Can Do
Water damage can not only cause severe damage to personal belongings, but also a buildup of mold and mildew in less than 24 hours if not professionally taken care of. However, we can offer restoration services to help you repair your home quicker than most contractors. Together, we will monitor and document the drying process of your home to prevent any negative effects on your home and belongings.
We at KHR Water Restoration can offer you:
What Is Water Restoration?
There is a lot of work that needs to go into returning a home to livable conditions when water damage is involved. Depending on the floor the damage occurred and the size or extent can greatly affect the work that needs to be done.
In cases of water damage, it is important to act fast for the removal, decontamination and drying of the damages. If you leave water standing it not only compromises your structural integrity but can lead to mold and bacteria proliferation.
You may also need new walls to be rebuilt, requiring new materials like drywall and carpeting to be replaced and installed.
Repairing water damages to a home involves a process which starts with a thorough inspection of the damages to the flooring, walls and ceiling. This initial inspection will give us a better idea of the extent of the damage to provide a better estimate on time and costs for materials and repairs.
The process typically involves inspecting, classifying and categorizing the damages, which are also important for the insurance claim. The next steps involve water removal, drying, and cleaning. After these steps are completed we can then move onto the restoration of your home.