Flooding is something that no one wants to happen to their home. Even if the flooding is minimal from rainwater or from an indoor water source, flooding can be damaging and problematic. Here at Warren Restoration, we help with flooding issues often, and we have seen that there are more issues than just water damage when it comes to flooding– especially if the flood isn’t taken care of immediately. Here are just a few hidden damages you should watch out for if you have recently been the victim of flooding.
- Mold. Mold and flooding problems, sadly, go hand in hand! Mold loves to grow, and it needs moisture in order to do so. If your property is not dry, it doesn’t matter which materials are damp– they can start to mold.
- Higher Risk of Fires. During a flood, if the water level is high enough, it can short circuits in appliances and mess with the electrical outlets. This increases your risk of fires due to appliance wiring malfunctioning.
- Exposure of Contaminants. If your flood waters came from the outside of the property, such as rainwater, then you are at an increased risk of contamination and exposure to bacterium. Rainwater runs along collecting pesticides, germs and even sewage if the sewers back up, so all of these substances can be located in flood waters.
- Increased Pest Problems. Did you know that termites and carpenter ants prefer soft wood? Moist wood after flood waters is particularly soft and easy to chew through, making it an easy target for pests like these.
In order to prevent issues like these ones, be sure to contact us immediately after flooding problems for the best results.
When you plan to leave your home for several days, you should learn how to prevent water damage to the structure while you are away. There are several types of problems that can lead to having water in a building, causing extensive problems. Some of the situations that can occur while you are away from your home include:
- Bursting water pipes – tends to happen during the winter
- Natural floods – from overflowing rivers or lakes
- Sewage backups – leading to moisture and sewage damage
- Water heater leaks – from an old and degraded water heater
- Flooding from plumbing fixtures – caused by old sinks, bathtubs or toilets
- Storm damage – caused by rooftop leaks after heavy rainstorms
Before you leave home for an extended amount of time, make sure to avoid any water damage by performing these tasks.
Water damages are one of the biggest reasons no homeowner should skimp on good coverage. Whether it’s from a busted pipe, broken septic system or a flood, water damage is one of the most crucial forms of coverage on a home insurance policy.
Although water damages are one of the most common claims, knowing what classifies as eligible damage can be tricky. In fact, there are many instances where a homeowner may want to claim water damages but cannot receive compensation.
Read on to learn more about how home insurance providers define water damages, what types of water damages you can claim and how to get covered in the event your property is affected.
Can you imaging your basement, completely flooded? What about moldy drywall? Or Mildewed grout? Mold is the ever present culprit when water damage occurs. Here’s 9 tips for preventing mold damage from ever happening in the first place.
If you see a water stain on your ceiling, it is likely because of a leak coming from a heating appliance, your roof, or a part of the plumbing system. It may have seeped through the ceiling and then evaporated, leaving the discolored patch of mineral deposits. Warren Restoration is interested in helping clients do some detective work and find the source of the leak.