Rotten Wooden Items
Anything that is wood is susceptible to water damage, especially wood that is not properly sealed and maintained to prevent it from rotting. If you notice water damage to anything made of wood inside your home, such as kitchen cabinets, wood flooring and even furniture, locating and repairing the source of water should be done as soon as possible.
Leaky or clogged gutters can cause damage to the wood and other substrates on the exterior of your home, such causing the fascia to rot, damaging paint, brick or stucco, and could cause mold or staining to occur. Being vigilant about cleaning your gutters can keep a lot of other problems from occurring later.
Increase in your water bill
Occasionally, the only sign you may see of a water leak is an increase on your bill. If your water bill has spiked for no obvious reason, it could be an indication that extra water is being used somehow. Check for dripping faucets, verify your sprinkler system is running only at the set times for the correct length of time, and make sure your neighbor hasn’t secretly run a hose from your spigot to their cousin's RV parked out back. If you don’t find any clear signs of water being wasted, you should consider calling in a professional to try to locate where the extra usage is occurring.
Steps to Take After Water Damage
What should you do when your home has water damage? If you have a pipe that has burst that is actively shooting out water, your first step is to turn off the water to your house. The main valve is usually located in a utility area, but could also be outside. If you don’t know where it is, it is a good idea to locate it before an emergency occurs.
If water isn’t actively spraying out and you have a slow leak, the first step is to locate where the leak originates and cut off the supply to that area. Commodes, washing machines, dishwashers, sinks, and irrigation systems usually have individual water lines that you can turn off so you don’t have to lose water for the rest of the house.
Assess the damage
After cutting off the water supply to the area where the leak originates, assess the extent of the damage. If you caught it early, there may not be much damage and you can wipe up the moisture. You can attempt to repair the leak yourself, if you feel comfortable with it.
However, if you aren’t sure how extensive the damage is and you don’t feel comfortable repairing it on your own, if there are signs of mold or structural damage, or if you attempted to repair it, but still have a leak, it is time to call in a professional.
Best Option Restoration High Point are water damage repair specialists that can be there to help you anytime, day or night. We will find the source of the leak, fix it, then remove the water damaged areas and repair them. We will check for mold, remove it safely, and repair any mold damage, as well.
Many restoration companies simply remove the damaged places, then you are left needing to arrange for a contractor to come in to repair it. With B.O.R. High Point, you only need to make one call, because we do it all! We are licensed and insured, plus we are local. We offer 24/7 emergency service and will fix it right the first time.
If your home has sustained water damage in the greater Triad region from leaky or burst pipes, rain, flooding or from any other source, call Best Option Restoration High Point at 336-590-1988. We have the experience and knowledge to quickly and efficiently fix the damage. We offer free estimates and are happy to answer any questions you may have.