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Water damage, we can all agree, is one of the worst forms of damage to a building. While it may seem as simple as mopping the water up, most issues make themselves known well after the first discovered water incident. Standing water has a tendency to seep. This seeping is what damages structural integrity and often results in mold damage and the need for mold removal, which is not a quick and easy process. Water damage can be quickly resolved by professionals in the area, such as those at Courtesy Care Professional Cleaning & Restoration Services.
Water damage is not uncommon in the Springdale area. Summer storms swoop in and dump a lot of water. With an element that is so prone to slipping and sliding in and over and through everything it encounters, how can we prevent the damage that trails behind it?
Make sure rain gutters are cleaned out. Clogged rain gutters allow water to sit and soak into parts of the roof that may be exposed. This results in internal damage, such as drywall and floor damage, and often mold.
Check under the sinks for softening of wood, discoloration, musty smells, or dampness. These are all signs of water damage. Have a restoration specialist, like those at Courtesy Care Professional Cleaning & Restoration, come inspect the affected areas. Oftentimes, if caught early enough, there is just a pipe that needs to be tightened.
Be on the lookout for discarded shingles, or wear and tear on your roof. Shingles are there to protect your roof from the elements. Oftentimes if these are discarded by wind, or age, the roof becomes exposed to water from storms. Water does what it does and seeps down into any openings and begins wreaking havoc inside the home, often unseen until the damage has become significant and shows its face.
This is done by making sure the outside water sources are shut off and the internal temperature of the home is warm enough to keep water from freezing. What happens in winter months is the water in the pipes freezes and expands. The pressure from the freezing, expanding water causes the pipes to burst. It’s a good idea to shut all water off when gone for extended periods of time, like for a vacation or business trip. Leave doors and cupboard open, and the thermostat at a reasonable winter temperature, to ensure evenly distributed heated airflow.
Examine the hoses and other water access points attached to appliances to ensure they’re secure and free from leakage.
If you find yourself encountering a water damage emergency in the Springdale area, do not worry! There are many people ready to help. Teams of professionals are trained to identify the source of water, take damaged areas through the water extraction process, and restore drywall and flooring.