Water doesn’t have to flood your home to cause a problem. Some of the largest and most insidious cases of water damage come from a slow drip. A tiny leak can happen in just the right spot where water can build up in a spot you’d never expect. By the time you find it, the damage can be quite extensive.
That soft spot you just found in the bathroom might not be from your tub or shower. It could be a slow leak from your water heater that spread out a long way! Once you’ve found a water damage problem, immediate action must be taken. Slow leaks like these often come with mold problems and the need to replace large portions of your floor. But first, the water must be extracted.
Finding the Water Leak
The first step is always to find the source of the leak and stop more water from getting in. With a slow leak, this can be easier said than done. In a case like a water heater, it’s pretty easy to tell. But if it’s a leaky pipe in the flooring, that can be much trickier to detect. That’s why it’s good to call professionals like us who are experienced in plumbing inspections.
During the inspection process, we also look to see how far the damage has spread and if there are mold issues that must be addressed first. Even if we dry the water out, mold spores may still be present in damaged material. A mold remediation specialist will have to treat these spots or the mold-ridden material has to be replaced, depending on the situation.
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Extracting the Water
The tools used for extracting water from a home vary, but there are a few common steps. First, standing water has to be drained, if any. Then, what water can be vacuumed up has to be drawn out of the walls and floor. Special vacuums are used to pull water out of surfaces where it has soaked in.
Depending on how saturated the materials are, the next step is to use special heaters, dehumidifiers, and fans to draw the water out and get the humid air out of the home. Moisture detectors are used to check the surfaces. Once they show that the water is completely out, the job is done.
If structural damage has already occurred, however, replacement of the damaged portions may have to happen. We know how to perform repairs and restoration to surfaces damaged by water. You can be assured that the job will be done right the first time and in a timely manner.
Have you found a leak in your home or a soft spot in your floor? Don’t waste time trying to fix it yourself. You could put yourself at a lot of risk. Instead, call the water extraction professionals at ServicePros. Our referral service will put you in contact with a qualified water damage contractor in your area that will do the job right the first time. For more information or to get a free quote, call our offices today.