Most people think of water damage in their home as a flooded basement. But water damage can occur at just about any time and for any reason. For example, burst frozen pipes, broken appliances, and backed-up toilets can cause slow but serious damage to both the aesthetics and property infrastructure. Untreated water damage can also lead to the growth of mold, which can result in potentially serious health concerns for you and your family. Without proper and immediate attention, the ultimate damage to your property and belongings can be extensive.
And, for anyone affected by winter’s heavy snowfalls and constant rise and drop in temperatures, snowmelt-induced flooding and ice dam buildup can easily result in water damage from top to bottom – that is, from your roofline to your basement.
Essentially, water damage can affect your home in a number of ways, many of which are far more prevalent in these winter months. The temperature drops at night can lead to a burst pipe resulting from water freezing inside and creating a blockage. With high winds a strong factor in spring and summer storms, in winter, blizzard winds can get just as high during a typical nor’easter – the danger being power outages that can affect your sump pump in the basement which, in turn, can lead to flooding and overflow.
Water damage can also result from blocked storm or sewer drains. When this happens, excess water from rain or melting snow flows along the path of least resistance, which could be across your property and up to your home’s foundation where it can seep in through the foundation and cause damage behind walls.
But water damage isn’t just a seasonal danger. A fire in your home, no matter how small, often results in heavy water damage from in-house sprinkler systems and emergency responders. Broken appliances could happen any time, and machines like dishwashers, water heaters, and washing machines could break down and result in a serious and damaging water situation in your house. A back-up in your sewer line also creates the added factor of hygiene and sanitation concerns, something only appropriate equipment and professionals can handle.
The good news here is the process for restoring your home or business to its safe, comfortable condition is not overly complicated. Quick response is key, and all jobs begin with analysis from technicians to assess the damage and the cause. The issue is then mitigated by means of water extraction—a crucial step, because the more water removed, the faster the drying process. Once the water is fully extracted, dehumidifiers, air-movers, air filtration, and heaters are utilized to thoroughly dry the affected area. The property, including furnishings and contents, are then fully cleaned, sanitized, and deodorized, and structural repairs made. When this is completed, you will find yourself back in the comfort of your home.
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