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Water damage is the loss, destruction, and damage caused to a structure and/or property by intruding water. Some water damage is due to an act of nature, but most is a result of plumbing failures or faulty appliances. The average household claim from an internal water damage incident is around $5000 to $6000.
The negative impact water damage can have on your property can be devastating. Not only can the structural integrity be greatly compromised but the foundation can also be negatively impacted. Excess water can cause erosion and cracking, putting your home a risk. Settling or collapsing can become a real threat.
Typical water damage is divided into three basic categories:
- Category 1 = “Clean” Water: Poses no immediate threat to humans. Example: water coming from supply lines.
- Category 2 = “Gray” Water: Unsanitary, not consumable. Example: overflowing water from a washing machine, dishwasher, or toilet bowl.
- Category 3 = “Black” Water : Contaminated and unsanitary. Example: sewage, ground water, rising flood water.
Small, clean water spills can be a DYI project IF cleaned up and dried immediately, but if any amount of water makes it to baseboards, cabinets, or wood flooring you should take it seriously. Drywall, trim, sub-flooring, carpet, etc. can wick water up quickly and show no signs of damage initially, becoming the perfect breeding ground for mold.
Water damage can happen suddenly or slow and methodically over a period of time. If damage is due to an indoor issue, it’s good to know how to shut the water supply off under sinks, on the toilet or the main supply valve to the house (located outdoors).
Within a 24 hour period:
- A 1/4″ supply line for an ice maker can pump 1/2 to 1 gallon of water a minute = 700 to 1400 gallons of water
- A 3/8” line from a toilet supply can pump 3 to 5 gallons of water a minute = 4300 to 7200 gallons
- A 5/8” hose from a washing machine can pump 10 to 12 gallons a minute = 14,000 to 17,000 gallons
If water damage of any scope, is not mitigated properly, the negative effects can be compounded by mold growth. Mold and other dangerous contaminates can begin to grow in as little as 24 to 48 hours. No matter where the unwanted water comes from, quick and thorough extraction followed by structural drying is imperative.
Common causes of water damage indoors:
- Broken pipes and hoses
- Accidents: Overflowing tubs, sinks, toilets
- Sewer back up
- Excessive long term humidity
- Heating and AC systems
- Faulty appliances, including water heaters
Common causes of water leaks and water damage from outdoors:
- Faulty irrigation and valves
- Water pooling at foundation
- Flooding – excessive storm water, over flowing rivers, flash flooding, etc.
- Roof or chimney leaks
- Poorly installed or missing flashing
- Sprinkler hitting house or foundation
- No gutters or downspouts draining away from the house
- Window and doors not properly sealed
- Damaged siding
- Damp garage, basement
- Damp or poorly ventilated crawl space
- Improper grading, not sloping away from house
Dangers Associated With Water Damage
Something that is so essential for life can also be a threat to your life. Most homeowners are unaware how damaging water related disasters are. There are many dangers associated with water damage that put you and your property at risk. The severity of the damage is often underestimated, which can lead to extensive structural damage and serious health issues.
One of the most dangerous effects of water damage is mold. It can pose a serious health risk for you and your pets. Property owners make a costly mistake when they do not call a professional early enough to stave off the destructive effects water damage can have on your property and health.
Water Damage Warning Signs
The most obvious is standing WATER and /or MOLD. If you have water where it shouldn’t be, you have a problem. If you notice any darkening, stains, or leaking around the toilet, signs of water or leaking under sinks and under or around appliances, excessive sweating or condensation on walls and ceilings it’s imperative to find the source and STOP IT, then inspect and check for further damage.
Water damage is not only invasive, it’s progressive. Homes and offices are filled with materials that quickly absorb water which become saturated in a short period of time. Water breaks down the fibers and structural integrity of the materials it comes in contact with, causing them to become spongy, swollen, or soft. Check for damage by walking on floors barefoot. Use your hands to check along baseboards and trim, feeling for any give or areas that are not firm. Be on the lookout for peeling or bubbling paint and any sign of crumbling, bowing, or soft drywall. Also look for staining or any discoloration on drywall, ceiling, and flooring, darken grout on tile, carpet or furniture. (Stains may or may not be obvious) Even though you can’t see damage; it doesn’t mean there isn’t any, it is best to call a water restoration professional for an inspection.
If you notice your water usage has increased for no apparent reason, know there IS a reason for it. There are leaks that may be undetectable and some you may be able to find, simply by listening. Turn off anything that makes noise, i.e. TV, radio etc. and listen intently. Water running through walls or floors can create a dripping, hissing or rushing sound. If you are unable to locate the problem, call a professional for help.
If you notice a strange smell, an earthy musty odor, you most likely have a mold problem. Check for visible signs of mold. Be aware that mold can be out of sight, hidden within wall cavities, under carpet and flooring, behind wall paper etc. You may also notice a change in your health and your pet’s health. If you suddenly develop allergy like symptoms, sneezing, coughing, water eyes, it may be due to mold. Mold is dangerous and will continue to wreak havoc until remediated. Cleanup should not be attempted by anyone that is not qualified. Call a water damage / mold remediation professional immediately. Make sure the contractor you hire is experienced, certified, licensed, and insured.
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