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Spring Showers Bring…Water Damage 

May 20, 2020

We all know the adage that, “April showers bring May flowers.” Unfortunately, April showers can often bring leaky roofs, clogged gutters, and flooded basements. The water damage can then spiral into hazardous mold growth, structural failure, staining, and other types of property damage

As a homeowner, you know that maintaining your home, (your most valuable possession) can be a full-time job. Let’s take a moment to review the causes and potential hazards that can accompany water damage. 

flooded street

Common Causes of Water Damage 

Water damage can happen in any home, condo, or apartment. Any structure that has excess water pooling in areas such as the basement, crawl spaces, or along the interior walls are at risk of long term water damage consequences. 

Homeowners can do their part in stopping the growth of mold by being aware of the most common areas of water pooling and water leaks. Here are a few places to monitor. 

  • Be wary of pipes that are leaking or have burst. Check the basement and under sinks regularly. Be aware of water pressure issues and growing water bills that could indicate a hidden leak. 
  • Check areas that are prone to collecting water, such as crawl spaces, attics, and basements. 
  • Monitor household appliances that use water such as the ice maker in your fridge or the dishwasher. 
  • Schedule annual cleanings and inspections of HVACs (Heating, ventilating and air conditioning units). 
  • Inspect all areas of the house after a natural disaster and other weather-related water problems. 
flooded village

Effects of Water Damage 

Depending upon the scope and duration of water insurgence, a structure can see a wide range of damage. If caught early enough, some water damage can be mitigated and repaired. Extensive damage could mean extreme cases of mitigation or even the loss of the structure. Here is a look at the spectrum of effects that water damage can have on a structure. 

According to the Water Page, there are several categories of water damage. “Category 1 refers to clean water, or water that does not pose a threat to humans. Possible causes of this type of damage include broken appliances or sink overflows. Category 2 water is also called gray water. This means that the water is contaminated and may cause sickness of ingestion. This type of water contains microorganisms. Broken toilets, broken sump pumps, and seepage may cause category 2 water damage. Category 3 water is known as black water. This type of water is unsanitary, as it contains bacteria and other organisms that cause sickness. The possible sources of black water damage include sewage problems and contamination of standing water.”

Water damage can cause…

  • Structural damage to a foundation, roof, and other components of a building. 
  • Growth of mold, mildew, and other bacteria that thrives in standing water or water that has soaked organic material. 
  • Staining on interior walls, ceilings, and floors. 
  • Strong odors that come from the fungal growth associated with water damage. 

 Do you have water damage in your home or business? The earlier you can mitigate the fewer long-term effects you will have. Contact our team to get started airing out, removing damaged wood and furniture, and start mitigating the problem as soon as possible. 


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