Water damage can be caused by storm damage, roof damage, flooding, or broken plumbing fixtures. It can happen quickly, or you may be unaware of it for weeks or months. But, no matter the source, water can cause serious property damage, from cosmetic deterioration to dangerous structural impairment. So, how can you stay vigilant about stopping water damage, and how can you mitigate the effects of water damage?
Maven Construction Group provides these tips on everything you need to know about water damage so you can be prepared for the worst. Contact our water damage restoration experts today to request a quote for our water removal services.
While some causes of water damage may be immediately noticeable and uncontrollable, knowing where to look for water damage and the various signs can help you catch it early. Monitor areas around water sources, such as bathtubs, showers, toilets, sinks, and the HVAC unit. Check the flooring and underneath cabinets for any water residue or signs of mildew or mold. Unfortunately, water leaks often happen deeper within the foundation where you can’t see them. Be on the lookout for the following signs of a leak.
Depending on the cause and extent, water leaks and damages may be covered by your homeowner’s or renter’s insurance. However, unless it’s an emergency, you should reach out to them first because they will want documentation of damages and may want to oversee repairs through particular companies. They may even require a property inspection be performed before moving ahead with any repairs or remediation.
It’s essential to remove any visible water that you can safely gain access to. However, before doing this, cut power and gas to the area around the water damage and ensure that the leak is properly fixed first. If there’s only some water damage and you catch it early, cleanup should be simple enough. Make sure to completely dry the area, utilizing buckets, towels, and fans. If the water damage is more extensive, you should call for emergency water removal. Only after the cause is addressed and the water is removed can water damage repair begin.
In most cases, water and the resulting damage may not be evident. But, even if you think you found the exact cause and all of the damage, water has a way of seeping through to deeper parts of the home, which may go undetected for months or even years. That’s why we suggest water damage restoration and reconstruction services from professionals who know what to look for and have the tools to deal with it correctly.
Once water has saturated an area, mold is almost inevitable. And while mold cleanup may seem like the least of your concerns when dealing with water damage, mold damage can cause a lot of severe issues in your home, costing you more later. From a host of health issues to a weakened structure, mold is a serious byproduct of water damage. Also, water damage can seep deeper into your home and cause rotting in support beams, creating a dangerous environment. Professional restoration services ensure that your home is safe, saving you money, time, and grief.
Locally owned and operated in Gainesville, FL, Maven Construction Group is a licensed general contractor, Angie’s List Certified Contractor, and is accredited and A-rated by the Better Business Bureau. Maven has delivered the best damage restoration and reconstruction services in North Central Florida for more than 15 years.Certified General Contractor Lic # CGC1519003 Certified Mold Remediation Lic # MRSR2344