Water Damage Prevention and What to do if water damage occurs.


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Water Damage Prevention and What to do if water damage occurs.

  1. 1. ==== ====For Great information and help for immediate water damage situations visit this link.www.waterdamagejacksonville.com==== ====Millions of Americans must deal with the adverse effects of water damage to their home orproperty each year. Thousands will find that had they been proactive and arranged for restorationsimmediately it would have been cheaper in the end or in extreme cases had saved their residence.Water damage is one of the leading causes of loss of property in the United States. It is vital thathomeowners be able to identify possible water damage and more importantly find experiencedand certified professionals to assess the damage and restore their home. There are severaldangers associated with water damage that can put the property and the residents at risk. Oftentimes the severity of water damage is underestimated leading to one of several unfortunatescenarios which will be discussed at a later juncture. There are also several health risks that willalso be addressed that homeowners need to be aware of. The goal of this article is to reinforce theabsolute importance of hiring an experienced and knowledgeable team to examine any waterdamage immediately upon discovery by the residents.There are several causes of water damage, each of which carry a different severity and set ofrisks. Malfunctioning appliances have been known to cause damage and range in severity basedon the particulars such as the nature of the appliance and its location. Dishwashers and washingmachines can leak or overflow leading to damages. Broken pipes or cracks in the foundation of ahome can cause water to accumulate in unseen locations and often go unnoticed until water spotsappear on walls or on the ceiling. Broken sump pumps and overflowing toilets are a commoncause of water damage and can be among the most hazardous. Natural disasters and badweather are some of the most destructive causes of water damage and are largely not preventableby routine maintenance. No matter what the cause is, untreated water damage can result inmassive expenses and headaches for homeowners and that is why it is important to understandthe risks of damage associated with these occurrences.Many homeowners are not aware just how damaging household disasters involving water can be.Often times simply fixing a leak or the source of the water is not enough to resolve manyunforeseen issues. When wood is exposed to water for significant amounts of time it can begin torot, damaging the structural integrity of a home. Many times large sections of affected wood mustactually be replaced to prevent future collapses which can occur months or even years after theinitial contact. Water can also cause delamination of household building materials which can alsocompromise structural integrity which often results in a higher price tag down the road. Theseverity of water damage is often underestimated simply because water can seep down intounseen locations and cause damage in areas that only an expert would know to check. Manyhomeowners will not call in the experts soon enough because they dont want to pay forrestoration which ends up costing much more than the initial repairs. If the damages are severeenough and the residence is deemed unfit to live in it can result in total loss of property. Becausesome forms of water damage are not covered by standard insurance policies it can also cause aloss of principle investment in the home. It is important to have an insurance policy that covers
  2. 2. flood damage in areas that are prone to flooding because flood damage repairs can often be quitecostly. Some areas that are vulnerable to flash flooding include Denver, Colorado Springs,Boulder, Fort Collins and the surrounding area. In many cases hesitation to call in an experiencedwater damage restoration contractor cannot only cost residents more money but it can take a tollon their health and the health of their family as well.There are numerous health risks associated with water damage that many people may not beaware of. One common risk associated with water damage, especially in unseen locations is thegrowth of toxic mold. There are countless strains of mold which can grow in affected areas whichpose serious health risks to humans. Many short term effects are quite unpleasant such as fatigue,coughing and rashes. The long term effects of mold can be far more frightening than in the shortterm as long term mold exposure has been linked to several different cancers and severe, possiblylife threatening infections. Aside from mold, water damage can bring humans into contact with avariety of extremely harmful micro organisms that can cause severe illness and even death. Waterleaks within a home are rated in three categories. Category 1 consists of water from water supplylines. This can be either a broken or leaking supply line or the malfunction of an appliance which isfed from one of these lines. Category 1 water is considered relatively clean and posses little healthrisk. Category 2 water, often termed "grey water," can carry micro organisms and often backs updue to a sump pump failure or compromised dishwashers or similar appliances. Water of theCategory 3 posses serious health risks to humans and carries a range of life threatening fungi,bacteria, viruses and other microbes. This water contains sewage backed up from septic tanks ortoilets or could originate from groundwater, nearby bodies of running water or stagnant surfacewater. Due to the possible health risks associated with the latter categories it is important that aprofessional is brought in to assess the severity of the situation.In conclusion, water damage can be a very serious issue for a variety of different reasons.Untreated damages can lead to elevated expense of repair down the road or even total loss ofproperty and investment as some damages are not covered by insurance. Damages can bringwith them unforeseen health risks that can range in severity based on the category of water. Formany people a home is the largest investment they will make. It is important that homeownersprotect their investment and call in an expert at the first sign of water damage. Homes can oftenbe replaced but families cannot. It is also vital that homeowners not put the health of their familiesat risk by trying to categorize and assess the dangers of household disasters themselves. Callinga certified water damage restoration expert is the safest way to go about restoring ones homeafter a disaster has occurred. Dont take chances with your home or your health, call in an expert,it might just be the most important call you ever make.Now that you know the importance of hiring a certified expert, do you need to locate Denver WaterDamage Restorations or Denver Flood Damage Repairs? If you are looking for Colorado SpringsFlood Damage Repairs or Colorado Springs Water Damage Restoration look no further, our teamis experienced and keeps up to date on the latest training and certifications.Article Source:
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