Consequences of Slow Water Leaks

Signs of Slow Water Leaks

Slow water leaks can come from a number of sources, including damaged pipes, leaky appliances, and poorly connected plumbing fixtures.  They can often be difficult to detect, so they go unnoticed for long periods of time, causing damage the whole way.  Some tell-tale signs of slow leaks are:

Slow Leak Damages

When slow leaks go unnoticed and water is left to sit over time, it can pose serious risks to both the structural integrity of your property and the health of those inside.

Structural Damage

Structural damage from slow leaks can affect both the aesthetics of the home and the structural integrity of the home.  The most immediate effects of water damage are those that may alert you to the problem in the first place: staining, discoloration, and streaks on the walls or ceiling.  These stains can be difficult to remove and cover and may require replacing the drywall.  Aesthetics are only the tip of the iceberg, though, and persistent water damage can cause severe structural problems.  Warped and swollen drywall, weakened framing, rotting support beams, and more can seriously compromise the integrity and safety of the structure.  Slow leaks can quickly take your home from ugly to completely unlivable if they aren’t addressed. 

Mold Growth

Mold spores exist in the air virtually everywhere, causing no problems as long as the area stays dry.  Mold needs moisture, oxygen, and an organic food source to grow and reproduce.  Obviously, oxygen is readily available in our atmosphere, and whether you’re aware of it or not, most of the construction materials that make up your home are organic materials.  The introduction of moisture into a property creates the perfect environment for mold to grow.  Undetected leaks give mold the chance to freely proliferate and infest your home, potentially damaging the structure and risking the health and well-being of everyone in the home. 

Fire Hazards
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When thinking of slow leaks and water damage, most people wouldn’t immediately jump to fire damage.  The problem occurs when undetected water comes into contact with outlets, wires, and electrical boxes.  This is obviously unsafe in terms of electricity, but also has the potential to cause fires due to shorted wires.  If you see water damage near electrical outlets or wires, don’t try to fix the problem yourself as this is a very unsafe situation.  Instead, call an electrician right away.

Water Restoration

For every homeowner, at least once, you’ve experienced some sort of water damage. If you’re lucky, it’s merely a broken wall pipe and nothing more serious. However, if you aren’t as fortunate and you end up experiencing a more invasive water damage issue, you will want to consult a water damage expert for water remediation. Take a look at this video posted courtesy of Kleen Kuip Supply Mart to see exactly what is involved in water damage restoration.

Immediate Steps to Take After Water Damage in your Home

Unfortunately, water damage in a home is not uncommon and it can be a result of a variety of circumstances and situations. Naturally, you’re prone to become panicked as a result. That’s why we’ve created this list to help alleviate some of the stress in dealing with this disaster. Below are immediate steps that should be taken in you find yourself with water intrusion in your home.

  1. Call Your Insurance Company
  2. Protecting Yourself, Appliances, and Valuables
  3. Start Water Damage Repair Immediately
  4. Drying Out Your Home and Removing Humidity
  5. Identifying Mold
  6. Deciding What Needs To Be Restored After Water Damage
  7. When To Move Back Into Your Home
  8. If possible, identify the source of the damage
  9. Notify your homeowners’ or condo association
  10. Put the insurance carrier on notice
  11. Call a remediation expert within 24-48 hours

Staying in a house that has been damaged by flooding due to a natural disaster is not considered safe for a variety of reasons, one of which is the potential formation of mold. After water damage occurs, it is possible that mold and mildew can start growing even within one day.

Water can get into your framing materials, insulation and drywall, causing mold, electrical hazards, rotting, and corrosion. Ironically, wall water damage can cause fires because of electrical damage.

If you find yourself with a water damage situation, depending on the severity, you may be able to remedy the damage yourself. The most common choice is a bleach solution but there are a number of homemade options you can choose from. Lightly spray and wipe down the area before you start water damage repair to help make sure no mold spores linger. If you find the damage is greater than at first thought, immediately contact a professional for assistance.

Water Restoration 24-Hour Services

Water emergencies due to a burst pipe, toilet or sink overflow, appliance failure, severe storm or sewer backup can be disruptive and scary. Often, they occur without warning and must be dealt with immediately! When you are facing a water disaster, you need trained, reliable experts to respond quickly to mitigate damage, clean up the mess, and restore your home or business to normal. You need the water cleanup experts at Affordable Home Works. We are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to tackle any size water problem. Water and sewage must be extracted, and the affected areas professionally cleaned, ventilated, dried and disinfected as quickly as possible to reduce bacteria, mold and other harmful microorganism growth, which can cause additional damage to the property and potential health risks for your family or employees.

Affordable Home Works is your trusted resource for water restoration. Don’t trust your most valuable asset to anyone else, call Affordable Home Works today!

Water Restoration Process

What is water restoration process?

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Water restoration is a specialized service that removes water from your home and restores it to a livable, pre-damaged condition. Water damage restoration is the process of getting your home back to normal, the way it was before the event that caused the damage took place.

What do water restoration companies do?

Restoration companies are usually the first responders following significant damage to a home from floods and fires, water damage, sew- age backup and other major events. The job of a restoration company is to clean up the mess and to preserve and protect the home and its contents so that further damage will not occur.

Affordable Home Works

At Affordable Home Works, we’re dedicated to providing the best disaster restoration services in the industry. Our team works around the clock to help get you and your family back into your home or business and on with your life.

We provide water damage restoration, fire damage restoration, smoke damage restoration, mold remediation and all associated repairs and remodeling.

Give us a call, 951.733.9027.