You work hard to keep your home or business in good condition, so it’s frustrating to find evidence of leaks and floods. Review these five fast facts to understand water damage and how to address it should your property experience it.
A Little Prevention Goes a Long Way
You can’t always protect against leaks and floods, but taking a few preventative measures can help avoid water damage. Here’s what we recommend:
- Inspect and clean the gutters twice a year.
- Maintain the roof, especially after a hailstorm.
- Seal the basement to prevent groundwater seepage.
- Guard against frozen pipes with insulation and heat tape.
- Clean out your drains and plumbing lines to prevent backups.
- Take care of your plumbing fixtures and appliances.
Minor Leaks Can Lead to Major Problems
A small drip here or there is easy to ignore for now, but if left unaddressed, the problem could quickly escalate. For instance, a loose plumbing joint could suddenly come free, sending water pouring into your home. A leaky basement window might not seem like a big deal, but if the window well fills with water during a downpour, you could end up with a flooded basement.
Address minor leaks as soon as possible to avoid major problems later on.
Not All Water Contamination is Created Equal
Floods are grouped into one of three categories:
- White water is considered clean. You might have a white water leak if a supply pipe bursts.
- Gray water is wastewater from showers and sinks. It has some bacteria, but it’s not particularly harmful.
- Black water is wastewater from toilets and sewer lines. It contains human waste and could endanger your health and safety.
It’s not always easy to tell what category of water you’re dealing with, especially if the flood comes from an external source, so it’s best to leave water damage restoration to a professional.
Contact Your Insurance Provider Immediately
All policies require property owners to report losses as soon as possible. Just be aware that standard homeowner’s insurance doesn’t cover all types of water damage. Read your policy carefully so you understand what exclusions apply. Adjust your coverage if necessary and consider buying separate flood insurance if your home is at risk.
Speed is of the Essence
Water damage is a serious threat to your property because it does more than just soak your belongings—if left unaddressed for long enough, mold can start growing. Even after the water dries up, mold may linger on carpet padding, drywall, ceiling tiles, and other organic surfaces. It only takes 24 to 48 hours for mold to develop, so your quick response is vital to save your possessions, protect indoor air quality, and preserve the structural integrity of your home.
Whether your property is flooded by a burst pipe or torrential downpour, DKI Services can help you recover. Call us today at 877-533-0210 to schedule water damage restoration in your area.