“It’s just water! What damage can water cause?” Given enough time, a water leak can inflict all sorts of trauma upon your home. Dealing with a bad leak or spill in a timely manner is essential if you want to avoid expensive repairs. But how should homeowners respond in the event of a plumbing or roofing leak?
Today, we’ll be breaking down your best options for minimizing the damage (and your expenses) following a leak. By the end, you should have your first steps to take in the event of an emergency. Let’s get to it!
How Do You Deal With Water Damage?
First of all, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to handling a water emergency. There are too many factors to content with, such as:
- Materials (Hardwood vs Tile Flooring)
- Volume, Path, and Origin of the Water
- Time of the Event
- Extent of the Plumbing, Roofing, or HVAC Damage
Instead, homeowners should approach every situation with a two-prong strategy: address the immediate concerns, then tackle long-term risks. In other words:
- What problems do I need to deal with now?
- What steps should I take to prevent future damage?
Many, many homeowners do a good job at cleaning up spills, only to suffer delayed consequences further along the road. Keep both in mind as we address each home water damage hot spot!
Type #1: In the Walls
We start with the hardest area to deal with. Wall trauma is challenging because leaks in this area may go unnoticed for quite some time. Signs of water damage in the walls often pop up weeks, or even months after the initial leak. Only the most vehement plumbing failures will be noticeable immediately.
So what is there to be done?
First off, there are two primary ways for water to end up in the walls: plumbing leaks and roof leaks. Small plumbing leaks are almost impossible to notice at first. If you are very observant, there may be a noticeable dip in your water pressure. Otherwise, your first clue may be a whiff of mold or mildew near the wall. For leaks behind the bathtub or shower, you may start to notice loose flooring or degraded wall paint in the affected area.
Your first step is to cordon off the shower and/or tub so that another family member doesn’t unknowingly make the situation worse. If any tile have come up, examine the subfloor to make sure it isn’t rotten. Then call your trusted plumber. Depending upon the age of the leak, you may also have to contact a restoration expert to check for mold. That may sound like a pain, but it’s better than fixing the wall and having to open it up again later.
Type #2: In the Ceiling
Traditional asphalt shingles offer dependable affordability, but they are more susceptible to weather damage. There’s a reason why your roofer recommends an inspection after every severe hail storm! Even small vulnerabilities in your shingles can mean home ceiling water damage below. If you start to notice dark spots in the ceiling during (or after) a storm, call your roofing company ASAP! What many homeowners forget is the several layers of roofing that water has to penetrate to get to your ceiling.
As far as those ceiling stains, take a 1 to 1 mixture of water and bleach to clean the area. For darker or more stubborn stains, apply a paint primer after the area has dried, followed by a matching coat of paint. If the water damage was too extensive, you may have to replace that section of drywall. No matter what you do, make sure you take care of the leak first. Be sure to eliminate any potential mold growth as well. Watch out for green stains! The water/bleach solution can handle small bits of mold, but you should contact a professional if the mold growth is more extensive.
Type #3: On the Floors
Plumbing spills are the primary offenders here. If the pooling water is coming from a slab leak beneath the floors, you’ll likely have to replace the flooring (at least that section). Should the water come from a busted toilet, washer, or water heater, you may be able to dry up the area before it ruins your floors. Call your plumber, of course, but try to dry up as much of the area as possible. You may need to shut off the water in the meantime.
If you’re facing a large, water heater sized spill, you should also call your restoration company immediately. They should be able to clean up the space before additional damage is done. Even if your home has water damage that’s been sitting for a while, you’ll need to start ventilating the house and get it ready for mold removal.
Home Water Damage Restoration
Before any restoration efforts start, make sure your home is safe to remain in. Electrical problems can be an issue even with smaller leaks. Keep your family and pets safe from any potential dangers. Next, you’ll want to get your home ready for water damage restoration.
Make sure you’ve dealt with the leak before restoration efforts get started! Drying up the area only for an additional plumbing or roof leak to spoil the work can be exceptionally frustrating and costly. After the leak is addressed, examine the affected area for mold. If you find mold, do not attempt to ventilate the area with your HVAC system, fans, or a window. This can spread the mold spores into other areas of your home.
Schedule Your Home Water Damage Inspection!
Talk with your insurance agent. If you’re wondering “What Type of Water Damage is Covered by Homeowners Insurance?” In general, most homeowners’ policies will cover unforeseen, unpredictable damages. That usually doesn’t include natural flooding or sewer backup, unless you’ve specifically added those elements to your coverage. If the homeowner should have foreseen the damage and the source of the damage could have been easily fixed, insurance will be less likely to pay.
When your restoration expert arrives, point out the areas that were affected by the leak, as well as the origin point. This will help them cover all potential areas affected by the water damage. If you’d like to schedule home water damage repair in Florida, call our team at Super Clean Property Rescue. We’d be happy to restore your home and prevent further degradation. Contact us at (561) 570-3250 today!