The primary source is from the plumbing system inside your home. A broken valve, leaky pipe, or old hose can let water leak into your home where it shouldn’t. A cracked foundation or basement can also bring water into your home. You can also look to Mother Nature to cause water damage.
Imagine you’re making tea. The water releases the flavoring from the tea bag into the rest of the water. It doesn’t even have to be hot water, it just takes longer. The materials in your home can also release substances into the water. These are things you wouldn’t want to touch, let alone drink. It becomes the perfect breeding ground for pathogens.
That smell can be caused by a number of things. It could be the smell of the chemicals leaching out of your building materials. It could also be signs that bacteria is starting to multiply and form colonies in your home. Sewage water also has a smell that’s easy to identify. If you’re smelling something nasty in your home and it’s coming from water, call ServicePros immediately.
In a word, mold. Mold spores live on most surfaces. Without the right amount of water around they remain dormant. A flooded house can provide the perfect opportunity for these spores to sprout and spread harmful mold throughout your home. Mold can cause serious health problems and also force you to resheath parts of your home. If you can get the standing water out and all surfaces dried within 48 hours of your flood, mold becomes much more manageable.
That same tea effect is what causes stains to appear on walls. This is especially common in roof leaks. The water picks up chemicals as it drips through your roof. Once the water reaches the white drywall, it discolors it.
More importantly, standing water weakens and warps most building materials. Drywall can literally sag or bulge from water pressure and fall apart at the slightest touch. Wood can also swell and grow weak.
Sewage is one of the most damaging things you can have in your home. If the surface is a hard, non-porous surface, the surface can be sterilized. But if it a porous surface, it must be eliminated. This means any sewage-affected drywall, carpet, insulation, and other materials must be disposed of and replaced.
The easiest way to prevent water damage is to get a yearly plumbing inspection. Check that the hoses for your dishwasher and refrigerator are sound and that the seals are holding. Check for any leaking pipes that you can see under your home and in your cabinets. Learn where the water shutoff valve is so you can cut the water if a pipe breaks. Also, inspect your septic tank monthly for any problems. Finally, keep an eye on your water bill. A sudden spike in your bill can point to a leak hiding somewhere in your home.
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This entirely depends on the exact situation. A sewage flood will take a lot more time to clean up than one leaking pipe caught early. Our contractors will give their best estimate for the work prior to starting the job.
On average, it takes about three days to dry out a home completely. However, this depends on how extensive the water damage is to begin with. We use special meters to test surfaces for dryness. You can’t do it by touch. In fact, this is what causes many DIY water damage projects to fail. Just because the surface is dry doesn’t mean the inside of the walls are actually dry.
This will depend on what the source of the problem was and whether or not you took precautions to inspect your home beforehand. ServicePros can help you create your claim to your home insurance company after we’ve made our inspection.
No. Water damage spreads so quickly that it’s more important to get the water out first. We use estimation software similar to what the insurance companies use to get as accurate of an estimate as possible. However, if we see that the situation is one that an insurance company might not cover, we will advise you of this before starting work.
There are two main tools used in drying out a home. The first is an air mover, a high-powered fan used to evaporate the water. Then, a dehumidifier pumps the water out of the air and down through a drain, usually a sink. As the air continues to circulate, water is pulled out of the air and out of surfaces. Special meters are used to check the dryness of different materials.
The equipment makes noise as it works and it must remain on. If the noise is going to be a problem for you and your family, you may need to find a place to stay for a few days while the drying process completes.
Depending on the type and severity of your problem, you may need to hire an outside plumber to finish up the task of repairing your plumbing. We can refer you to a trusted plumber in your area after the water damage is cleaned up, if necessary.