Natural disasters, broken pipes, slow leaks and water heater leaks can lead to serious water damage inside buildings. To minimize the effect of water damage and prevent additional problems like mold growth, hiring a professional is critical. Maven Construction Group specializes in water damage restoration services to commercial and residential properties in Gainesville, FL and surrounding areas. We have extensive water damage restoration training and have restored hundreds of properties.
5 Common Areas For Water Damage
A little or a lot, water damage happens. Any appliance using a water line or plumbing has the potential to leak and cause water damage. Standing water, or hidden leaks behind the walls, under the floor and in the ceiling can lead to mold growth and even structural issues to your home.
Toilets clog and overflow, faucets leak, and tubs and showers that aren’t sealed properly cause water damage in your bathroom. Long showers without a ventilation lead to steam and condensation, translating to water damage. This gradual water damage from improper ventilation is still damage to your home.
Kitchens are used every day. Even a spilled glass of water can be a cause for water damage repair if not cleaned up immediately. A water line to the ice maker in the fridge and/or dishwasher may wear out over time and leak. A cracked refrigerator drain pan may lead to water damage from leaking water. A damaged pan needs to be replaced to avoid future water damage.
Washing Machine Leaks
From a washer that doesn’t stop filling with water to a burst pipe, the laundry area is a common culprit for water damage. Where a puddle of water is found around the washer will tell you where the leak is coming from. Top load washers will leak from the front when the overflow tube is clogged or tilted, and from the back if the manufacturer’s drain plug wasn’t removed after installation. Top load washers also leak at the back when hose connections are loose. Under the washer means the water pump has a hole and needs to be fixed immediately.
For front load washers, a puddle in the back means the same as a top load – the hoses are loose. Water in the front likely means the door seal is leaking. Then water underneath is often a sign the seal between the two internal drums is broken.
Some homes have the water heater in the laundry area which can leak on its own.
Foundation Leaks and Slab Leaks
The foundation of your home is meant to hold the home up and keep water out. A landscaping job may look good, but it can also lead to water damage repair if not done properly. As soil moves, it creates pressure against the foundation which can eventually crack or bow. Then there’s the foundation damage done by water runoff from a lawn that wasn’t properly graded.
If your home was built on concrete, water coming from it means a slab leak. Mildew and mold under carpets, an unusually high water bill, and/or you can hear water running when all water is turned off are common signs you have a water leak.
Roof / Ceiling
A leaky roof, at once or over time, can cause damage to both the structure and ceilings in your home. A ceiling stains when damaged by water which is a telltale sign there’s a problem. But, this is the last sign of damage. The sooner water damage in these areas is addressed, the less of an issue it will be.
If left alone, water damage will lead to mold and mildew which cause respiratory and other health issues in people and animals. Any electrical wiring exposed to water can short and pose a fire risk. And since most home structure is built with wood and wood products, it can become weakened and rotted, potentially causing a structural collapse.
Signs of Water Damage and Roof Leak
- Mold/mildew: Appears on walls, in corners, on ceiling
- Buckling or Cracking Floor: Subfloors are often plywood which will begin to rot when exposed to moisture over time
- Blistering and/or Crumbling Paint
- Musty Smell
- Water Spots (light in color to deep rust)
- Bulge or Concave in Ceiling or Walls
Why Choose Maven For Water Damage Restoration?
Even though the damage in your home may look severe, cleanup and restoration can produce amazing results. Maven has successfully restored valuable contents from hundreds of water-damaged properties throughout the years including furniture, appliances, computers, and family heirlooms.
So, why should you choose Maven for your restoration?
- No waiting. Maven Construction Group self-funds restoration projects so you don’t have to wait for your insurance company to pay a claim before fixing the problem.
- 24/7 accessibility. You can call Maven Construction Group any time for your emergency. Our team will make sure your property is repaired quickly and professionally, helping you get back to normal life as soon as possible.
- We get your property dried faster. Maven Construction Group has the largest inventory of drying equipment in Gainesville which allows us to work quickly, minimize damage, and reduce additional restoration costs. Our advanced equipment helps:
- Detect hidden moisture,
- Remove standing water quickly, and
- Thoroughly clean and dry your home and belongings.
What Kind of Water Damage Do I Have?
Maven Construction Group uses three categories to assess residential and commercial water damage. The categories refer to the range of contamination in the water source.
Category 1 Water Damage
Category 1 water damage originates from a sanitary water source and does not pose a substantial risk from skin, ingestion, or inhalation exposure.
Examples include broken water supply lines, tub or sink overflows with no contaminants, appliance malfunctions involving water supply lines, falling rainwater, broken toilet tanks, and toilet bowls that do not contain contaminants or additives.
Category 2 Water Damage
Category 2 water damage contains significant contamination and has the potential to cause discomfort or illness if contacted or consumed by humans. Category 2 water can contain potentially unsafe levels of microorganisms or nutrients for microorganisms, as well as other organic or inorganic matter.
Examples include discharge from dishwashers or washing machines, overflows from washing machines, overflows from toilet bowls with contaminants, seepage due to hydrostatic pressure, broken aquariums, and punctured water beds.
Category 3 Water Damage
Category 3 water damage is grossly contaminated and can contain pathogenic, toxigenic, or other harmful agents.
- toilet back-flows that originate from beyond the toilet trap,
- all forms of flooding from sea water, and
- ground surface water and rising water from rivers or streams.
Additionally, wind-driven rain from hurricanes, tropical storms, or other weather-related events may carry silt, organic matter, pesticides, heavy metals, regulated materials, or toxic organic substances.
To quickly assess water damage and suggest cost-effective clean-up options, call us 24 hours a day.