Too much of a good thing can be bad, and water makes no exception! Although we need water to survive, however too much of it can cause water damage in your home?
There are many things that you can safely and confidently do to showcase your Do-it-Yourself (DIY) skills, however water damage is NOT one of them!
Yes, it may be apparent that a ‘flooded’ home needs to be dried out as quickly as possible however, the real issue is typically more covert and well beyond the scope of the layman’s exceptional DIY techniques!
You see…..more often than not, deeper water damage may have occurred via the walls, wood, carpet, furniture, ceilings, crawl spaces, duct work and even the structural integrity of your home itself! If the intricacies of the initial water damage are not addressed both promptly and professionally, there is a very high potential for the genesis of a mold and mildew infestation, which presents an entirely new set of challenges.
To abate the impact of a potential water damage calamity in your home, simply call a water damage restoration professional as soon as is feasibly possible……..specifically after you first notice the first signs of water damage in your home.
In lieu of your exceptional DIY techniques, the best way to be of assistance is to have prior knowledge about the exact locations of all water and electrical sources in your home. That way you can promptly relay the information to the water damage professional(s) as soon as they arrive.
Several factors play a significant role in discerning the extent of the water damage inflicted on your home.
- The source of the water that causing the damage
- The amount of water that caused the damage
- How much time went by before a water damage professional was called in.
Collectively, these factors dictate whether you will be embarking on a fairly minor restoration project or and an entire home restoration project. The latter typically implies that you will need to involve a general contractor after your water damage restoration work is complete, in order to get your entire home back in shape as quickly as possible. So, needless to say, time is of the essence!
Water damage in your home can be sourced to a myriad of causes. A few significant causes and over looked but proactive DIY tips include:
TIP: If a toilet bowl overflows, immediately turn off the water supply at the valve……until a professional arrives.
Blocked Sewer Lines
TIP: Have battery backups installed on your sump pumps and ensure that you have them replaced every 2-3 years.
Sometimes common household appliances like washing machines, dishwashers, hot water tanks, refrigerators malfunction even though we may not be aware of that fact.
TIP: Do not operate appliances like washing machines and dishwashers when no one is home. Also, be vigilant about your water bill…….a significant increase could indicate the presence of a hidden leak in one of your pipes.
Basements, Attics & Crawl Spaces
Basements, attics and crawl spaces are typically the most overlooked places in our homes, however, they are the most susceptible to water collection via drips, leaks and humidity. As these spaces are typically dark and damp, they serve as the ideal location for mold and mildew to establish their fortresses.
TIP: Periodically inspect the less conspicuous areas of your home for evidence of moisture where it shouldn’t typically be. Also, proactively place a de-humidifier in these susceptible areas of your home. Finally, check for evidence of mold, and call a mold removal professional as soon as is feasible possible to protect yourself and loved ones from the potential repercussions of mold exposure.
Although water damage restoration is a major inconvenience rest assured that we at Triangle Legacy are devoted to ensuring that neither the structure of your home or the health of your loved ones is compromised.
For a free consultation and estimate please contact us Toll Free at 1-800-830-3324 or 202-888-2960. We currently service the Washington D.C Metropolitan Area.