When the average homeowner thinks about water damage and restoration, they often associate it with torrential downpours, flash flooding and flood insurance. Flooding can be a terrible experience for any homeowner, but it actually isn’t the most common reason serious water damage occurs. Let’s have a look at the more mundane cases, the damage that occurs and what you can do about them.
1. Leaking Roof
Roof leaks can crop up over time due to damage from a storm or natural wear and tear that wasn’t corrected through regular maintenance. Sudden, bad leaks are obvious and demand immediate attention. But often, roof leaks are much more subtle. The flow of water builds up over time, and before you see it or smell it, water damage has occurred and mold is already growing.
2. Burst Pipe
Pipe mishaps can range from small leaks to pipes that essentially explode and allow substantial amounts of water into the living space. Leaks can be problematic in their own right if they go unnoticed. Burst pipes create the most mishap when they occur in the middle of the night or while you are away from home. If safe to do so, the first thing you should do is cut off the source of water. From there, it’s time to call your remediation specialist and your insurance company.
3. Overflowing Toilet
Toilets are a common cause of not just water damage but damage involving blackwater. Yuck! There are cases of pipes connected to the toilet bursting or sewage backing up or rising up for other reason. But the most common issue is the basic overflow. The first thing you should do is locate the shut-off valve near the toilet base. If you lack a valve, you can rig the float to prevent more water. Now that the water flow is disabled, contact your water damage specialists in Mesa Arizona as soon as possible.
4. Sump Pump Failure
Sump pump failure is much more common than the unexpected flood. Sump pumps are often installed in basements that are prone to collect moisture. Should the pump fail, water accumulates and the basement floods. Modern pumps often have alarms on them in order to alert you that they have stopped working. Even in unfinished basements, unattended failure can create an unhealthy environment that requires the attention of our experts to ensure that all of the moisture is gone and mold does not grow!