When it comes to water damage, no matter the extent, the restoration process should be completed by a licensed water restoration contractor to ensure efficiency and to avoid problems that can develop in the future. Homeowners often have questions when they experience water damaging events and today, we at Future Vision Remodeling, Inc would like to answer common frequently asked questions over the course of three parts.
FAQ Regarding Water Damage Restoration Part 1
Q: What are the water damaging property risks to my home?
Direct water contact and saturation throughout the home produces a number of effects that include the following examples:
– Drywall sags and disintegrates.
– Wood will start to warp, buckle and rot.
– Paint will peel or bubble.
– Carpets can delaminate, when the backing of the carpets separate.
– Electrical outlets and devices can potentially short out or fail, leading to fire or shock hazards
– Health risks including mold and mildew growth as well as exposure to bacteria. Additionally, mold and mildew contribute to decay.
Q: Can you prevent water damage?
In most cases most water damage a property experiences is caused by indoor plumbing failures and there is little you can do to prevent water damage due to an act of nature. To minimize the risk, keep up with routine maintenance and frequent inspections of the structure and property. Teach everyone in the home where the emergency water shut off valve is. Ensure the water connections and hoses are secure and in good condition. Check piping and connections for visible signs of corrosion periodically as well as any leaks in water heaters or toilets. Monitor the water bill and question any unexplained increase as it could be due to a leak in a concealed location.
Q: Where should I check the kitchen for signs of water damage?
Start by looking under the sink for signs of leaks. Ensure the items under the sink are moved out of the way for a full inspection of the pipes and connections. Inspect the dishwasher for signs of standing water, no matter how minuscule. Assess the floor’s condition; look for water stains and water line of corrosion. Behind and under the refrigerator should also be evaluated for signs of water damage. Connections for the water lines and hoses should be secure and make there are no kinks. Check the refrigerator’s drainage pan for signs of mold; if mold is found call for an inspection.
Q: If the wall or cabinet behind the sink is warped, soft, or discolored what does that suggest?
These are signs of water damage caused by the water source behind the walls. There could be excessive damage from long term water exposure as well as potential mold. Contact a professional for water damage restoration repairs.
Q: Where is water damage found in bathrooms?
Under the sinks is a good place to start looking for water damage effects. Inspect the pipes for corrosion and to ensure they are secure. Check at the base of the toilets for stains or leaks. Ensure the water supply hose is not kinked and the connection is tight with leaks. Look for water damage effects around the tub and/or shower as well as the floors and walls. Utilize the exhaust fan to control humidity levels and avoid mildew growth. If the bathroom has windows, open when weather permits. When not in use, keep the bathroom door open.
Home Remodeling After Water Damage & More in Redwood City, Foster City, Palo Alto, Saratoga, Cupertino, Los Gatos, Sunnyvale, Campbell & Greater San Jose, California
If you are experiencing water damage in your home, call in the professionals of Future Vision Remodeling, Inc to get the fine quality upgrades repaired or replaced. After a disaster is actually a great opportunity to remodel as you often have to replace many materials anyway! Turn a devastating disaster into an opportunity!