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Thursday 15 November 2018

The Importance Of Identifying and Repairing Water Leaks Quickly

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The Importance Of Identifying and Repairing Water Leaks Quickly
 

Water leakages are a common household problem. It can get frustrating dealing with them. It starts as a slight drip from a damaged pipe and grows to large puddles in your home which can cause heavy damage to property.
 

While some homeowners attempt a do-it-yourself fix, it is best to call a restoration company to make sure this problem is properly dealt with and doesn’t reoccur. As a restoration company, we clean up any mess (including water) and fix any problems to prevent further damage. Water leakages aren’t something to be taken lightly. If left unchecked, they can result in extensive and expensive damages.
 
Here are a few things to know about water leakages and why you need to act fast.
 
woman catching water leaking from the ceiling with a bucket.
 
Most water leakages are caused by a defect in plumbing,. Rainwater running down the inside of the walls of the house, a burst pipe, and toilet leaks are also common causes. As a home or business owner, it is important to know what to look for before too much damage occurs, and have a reputable water restoration company at hand.
 
Water will obviously always flow downward and can damage a wall and floor quickly.
 
Signs you should look out for include:
 
     •Presence of mold or mildew on your walls
Mold can cause allergies and lead to other serious health problems. If you spot mold growing on your wall, remove the mold and try to fix the damage in your wall. In some cases, mold is inside the damp wall and not visible.
 
     •Change in texture on your wall
Walls that have water leaks behind them are likely to develop a bubble-like texture. Paint or wallpaper will twist and buckle.
 
     •Check for puddles of water near a wall
You can be sure that water is leaking in a wall if you see conspicuously wet carpet or notice that the floor is always wet in a certain area of your home.
You’re likely to see wet flooring near major appliances that use water (washing machine, dishwasher, ice-maker) or in the bathroom, toilet, or shower.
 
    •Walls tend to get discolored
If water is leaking in a wall, eventually the outer surface of the wall will take on some discoloration. Look for sections where the surface of the wall is slightly washed out or has a slightly different color.
 
     •Listen for dripping sounds
Pay attention in the first few seconds after you turn off the shower, flush a toilet, or turn off a sink. If you hear a faint dripping sound coming from a nearby wall, it could be caused by a leaking pipe.
 
     •Keep an eye on your water bill
If a significant amount of water is leaking into your walls, it will increase the amount you pay on your monthly water bill. This of course doesn’t mean you’ll automatically know where the leak is. All it does is to give you a heads-up to the fact that water is running freely somewhere in your home.
 
If you call us to restore items that were damaged, we will go through a process of water removal, decontamination and drying. Some items might need to be replaced. Parts of your home may need to be rebuilt. Materials like drywall and carpet that have absorbed water often develop bacteria and mold that can’t be removed. Replacing these materials is safer than allowing mold to cause illness in the family.

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