What is Water Damage?

Water Damage is any water that causes the usefulness, or future use or value of any property to become impaired by water. Water damage can come from:
  • Broken Pipes
  • Leaky Roof
  • Sewage Overflows/Backflows
  • Toilette Overflow
  • Floods
  • Hurricanes
Why is Water in your home or buiding dangerous?

The discharge of water can compromise/weaken the building materials and structure of your building/structure. Building materials, like drywall, plaster, wood, and insulation, soak up water like a sponge. Often these materials feel dry to the touch on the outside. The water lies inside the walls, in the porous materials. This water can also seep into the floors and pool under the subfloor.

All of this can happen within minutes. If this water is not dried properly it is a breeding ground for the growth of biological contamination (e.g., mold, mildew, harmful bacteria, ect..), this can potentially cause various health concerns.

Common misconceptions about Water Damage
When some people encounter water overflow in their homes or buildings, they think that drying it up with towels and a shop-vac is enough. What they don’t know is how far up their walls the water has traveled up. They often touch the walls and assume they are dry, because the outside of the wall is dry. The fact is that from the moment the water comes in contact with the walls of the structure, it begins to wick upwards into the porous walls, due to capillary action.

Water also can seep into the floor and often lies pooled under the subfloor. If this water is not dried properly it is a breeding ground for the growth of biological contamination (e.g., mold, mildew, harmful bacteria, ect…), this can potentially cause various health concerns.
What do we do?
Identify and assess the extent of the water damage, formulate a plan to:
  • Dry the structure
  • Mitigate further damage
  • Stop or prevent the growth of biological contaminates (e.g., mold,
    mildew, harmful bacteria, ect…)
  • Restore the structure to pre-water damage
    conditions.

 

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