5 STEPS TO CHECK FOR POSSIBLE WATER DAMAGE
Water damage can result from a wide range of problems. Whether it’s from a minor roof leak, a broken pipe or even a devastating flood, water can affect your home’s structure, belongings and furnishings. Water can also carry harmful bacteria. If it’s not treated right away, it can affect your health. This can also be a costly problem if not taken care of right away.
Check all the pipes, seals, faucets and fittings in your home. First, look for any drips or pools of water. Also, check for musty smells under kitchen and bathroom cabinets. All of these issues tend to point to possible water damage. They may not seem like a big deal, but you should get them fixed before the problem gets worse.
Check behind your washing machine and under all the sinks in your home. Look for dry, cracked hoses that are no longer flexible. They should be replaced because they are likely to break and start leaking large amounts of water.
Check the overflow pans on your air conditioner and even your refrigerator. They should be draining properly. If they are not, this could be a potential water damage hazard and should be taken care of.
Check your roof. Walk around on your roof and look for discoloration in the shingles or soft spots. You should also check in your attic, if you have one.
Check the walls, ceiling, carpets and hardwood floors. Look for any slight discoloration. If you see anything, this could indicate a slow leak problem. It may not be damp in that area, but the discoloration is your first clue water damage has occurred and should be taken care of. This will prevent further water damage.
A FAST RESPONSE FROM NATIONAL IS CRUCIAL
When you call National Restoration at the first sight of water damage, we will respond and begin to resolve the problem right away. This will greatly reduce the repair cost, as well as possible health risks. We have a team of technicians that will stabilize the water damage and stop it from getting worse. The process of restoring your property is fast.
RESTORING YOUR PROPERTY & PERSONAL BELONGINGS
At National Restoration, we can save or restore your personal belongings. We have the ability to restore everything from furniture, appliances and electronic equipment to your precious family heirlooms. Our professionally trained estimators are quick to assess the damage and put together a cost effective scope to help us restore your home as quickly as possible.
24 HOUR EMERGENCY SERVICES
- Water extraction using the latest equipment, techniques and chemicals
- Structural drying using dehumidifiers and air movers
- Application of Micro-ban antimicrobial spray to prevent mold damage
- State of the art moisture readings to monitor moisture levels
- Collaboration with your insurance company for payment
- Personal content inventory, pack-out and storage
- Shut off water source if possible
- Remove as much water as possible by mopping and blotting the saturated area
- Wipe furniture to remove excess water
- Place aluminum foil between the legs of the furniture and wet carpet
- Prop up wet furniture cushions for even drying
- Lift drapes off flooring, loop through a coat hanger and hang on curtain rod
- Remove wet area rugs
- Turn on air conditioner if damage occurs in summer
- Move valuable paintings, art objects and photos to a safe, dry place
- Remove damp books from shelves and lay them out to dry
- Open closet doors, furniture drawers and luggage to aid in drying
- Remove any wet fabrics and dry immediately
- Hang furs and leather goods to dry separately at room temperature
- Use your household vacuum to remove the excess water
- Use electrical appliances while standing on wet flooring or carpets
- Go into any room with standing water, if the electricity is on
- Lift tacked down carpet without professional help as this could cause damage and shrinkage
- Go into any room where the ceiling is sagging
- Wait to call for professional help. The longer you wait the more damage will occur!
SEWAGE CLEAN UP
Sewage back flows, or backups are more complicated than a typical water loss. Sewage back flow water carries dangerous bacteria and viruses. These contaminants can be a health concern to all people, but especially small children, the elderly and those with immune system or respiratory problems. If the contaminated water is not dried and cleaned in a timely manner, you can expect mold growth. Sewage can come from several sources:
- Toilet Overflow
- Broken Sewage Pipes
- Back of Sewage Drains
National Restoration employs specifically trained technicians to deal with sewage clean ups and floods. We encourage you NOT to attempt to clean up sewage contamination. Leave it up to the professionals who are equipped to deal with it.
DISPELLING TYPICAL MYTHS
FACT # 1
Sewage from oceans, lakes or rivers is not clean. This water contains contaminants such as microorganisms, bacteria and pesticides. Trapped inside walls or under floor coverings, it doesn’t take long to become a “smelly” health hazard.
FACT # 2
Sewage-saturated carpets can not be “saved.” Absolutely not! Porous materials, such as carpet, pad, upholstery, bedding, wicker, paper goods, or fabrics that can’t be washed in hot water, must be disposed of safely.
FACT # 3
Partially sewage-flooded buildings are not safe. Unless contaminated areas can be sealed off to prevent cross-contamination of other areas, the structure is not safe to reside in. Only trained professionals using specialized equipment are qualified to restore sewage damage.