Water damage: the downward spiral of destruction

It’s a fact of life that water damage only gets worse with time. Imagine your home as a bunch of dominos that are being stacked together to form a pattern. Each part of your home is painstakingly put together in order to fit the whole just like the domino pattern. Now imagine water damage as the dust of wind or the inadvertent nudge that sets all the dominoes falling in a row. Water damage can creep up on you slowly or it can all happen at once but if left unattended water damage will grow worse and worse.

Let us use the example of a bathroom sink. Let’s say that the pipe behind the sink bursts and floods the wall behind it. This is an example of immediate water damage. The damage will become noticeable as the water starts to seem onto the floor through the walls. But what if the pipe does not burst but rather starts to leak slowly? In this case the water damage will become progressively worse over time and you are much less likely to notice it right away. This can lead to rotting of the wood, mold development, foul smells and the destruction and other parts of the house as the water seeps further into your home.

Building quality has a lot to do with how well a house will hold up over time but regular preventative maintenance on your part has a lot more to do with it. If you regularly inspect your house for signs of water damage you will be much more likely to detect it and be able to prevent it before it gets worse.

 

Water Damage in the Work Place

The modern employee lives in such a hectic world. We have such pressing calls upon us the little things in the office can be neglected. Between the filing, copying, working on the computer, juggling phone calls and communicating with other employees. It’s easy to let little thing slip. You may not notice the first signs of water damage that can lead to massive amounts of damage in the future. But, if you can catch it earlier you can save yourself time, headache and your company money.

Of all the places in your office that are mostly likely to be a source of water damage, the bathroom is chief among, that cheeky bathroom! Toilets are only designed to deal with certain things being flushed down them. Any paper other than toilet paper being flushed, such as paper towels, hygiene products or any other non-toilet paper items can lead to blockages, which become backups, which will lead to your office being evacuated do to the smell. The overflow from toilets is considered toxic. This is known as, black water, and should not be handled with out wearing proper safety equipment.

A source of water damage that is difficult to avoid could originate from a burst pipe in the ceiling or in the wall. Often the first sign of water leaking a discoloration of floors and walls. Next, there will be a fowl mildew moldy smell. Which leads to the development of potentially toxic mold. Mold spores have been known to exacerbate health problems in those with pre-existing breathing issues. Once mold has dug it claws into your office building, it is time to call in professional help. You should seek professional assistance from a quality water damage restoration company.

Water damage and the kitchen

The kitchen is one of the places in the house that has the most water running through it every day. The bathroom is probably the only place in the house that uses more water daily. When you consider all the items in the kitchen that use water or have water running to them or from them it is hardly surprising that water damage and leaks occur. What is surprising is how often the water damage could be prevented by a regular maintenance.

Dishwashers, refrigerators, washing machines and other kitchen items that use water have one thing in common. In order to use water they have to have water running to them through a hose. Often this hose is made out of rubber or sometimes and copper but these are potentially hazardous materials. The rubber breaks down over time and we don’t regular series of maintenance checks can break down to the point where your kitchen will be suddenly and unexpectedly flooded. The copper line leading to your refrigerator to give it water can often be destroyed by the moving of your refrigerator. If the copper line is run over by one of the wheels on your fridge rate it become crimped and eventually burst, flooding the room.

One of the best purchases you can make would-be steel hoses leading your appliances. These hoses are reinforced and designed to last much longer than copper or rubber hoses. They are also much more sturdy and less likely to be broken by bending or running over them.

My washing machine has flooded what do I do?

Washing machines are extremely useful invention. When they are running properly they can take hours of backbreaking labor of your hands and get it done in a matter of minutes but when they are running improperly they can be an absolute nightmare. Washing machine is use an incredible amount of water are especially doing them made the cycle and you definitely want that to remain within the confines of the machine itself and not spreading itself on your floor will stop how can you prevent this happening?

If your washing machine has flooded you need to act very quickly

  • Don’t leap towards the washing machine and pull the plug. The washing machine is using active electricity and with water on the floor and electricity your hand you have the perfect recipe for a painful electrocution. First thing you should do is switch off all power to the washing machine from the circuit breaker.
  • Do not press the cancel or stop button because this may cause your washing machine to drain its water and if there is a link that water is coming straight out.
  • Use mops towels and anything else you have at hand to soak up as much of the water as possible stop the more time you let the water sit there the more likely you will have a much more difficult water damage issue in the future.
  • Open windows and start a family going in the room to ventilate it.
  • Remove clothing from the wash and place them in a large bucket.
  • Your want to remove any excess water from the interior basin of the washing machine. This can be done either by hand or with a wet vacuum.
  • Check the hoses leading to and from the washing machine and if these are the problem you’ll know what you need to fix.

 

When in doubt call in a water damage restoration company. They know what they’re doing and they will be able to help you out in ways you can even think of. Do as much of the work is you can yourself but always remember that water damage only gets worse with time and the longer you leave it the worse it will be.