Water can be an incredibly destructive force, particularly because it serves as a natural solvent. When it is left for a long enough period of time, it can break down nearly any kind of material, including everything from wood to stone. Some materials will weaken and deteriorate quickly when exposed to water, while others will develop mold before the material weakens by a significant amount. There are many potential causes for water damage in both residential and commercial properties. Floods, sewage backup, roof and siding leaks, washing machine or refrigerator malfunctions, burst pipes, hot water heater failure, clogged gutters, and foundation issues can all spell disaster for your home. Due to the destructive nature of this material, it can be incredibly expensive to repair the damage it causes.
Common Causes of House Floods
Broken pipes and plumbing issues tend to be the more common causes of house floods that will cause tremendous water damage to your home. However, there are many other causes of flooding in residential properties. Essentially, there are four external sources of water that can flood your home. These sources include groundwater, storm sewer water, sanitary sewer water, and surface water. Groundwater flooding occurs when the groundwater level rises above the level of the floor in the basement. This places pressure on the surface, which allows water to seep through cracks or gaps and enter inside of the home.
Storm sewer water and sanitary sewer water are rather self-explanatory. These floods occur when storm sewers and sanitary sewers become backed up. They are also the least common type of external flooding, though they can still occur. Groundwater flooding is the 2nd most common type of external flooding source and surface water flooding is the most common type. Surface water flooding can occur in a multitude of ways. Overflowing gutters, pavement slopes, insufficient sealant around the pavement, and more can lead to surface water flooding.
Effects of Water Damage
Water damage can be incredibly difficult and expensive to repair. There are many things that can occur when a house experiences flooding. First and foremost, water damage results in excessive damage to the material that makes up the home, as well as any electronics or appliances that are caught in the flood. Not only can flooding cause damage to the furnishings in your building, but it can also cause damage to your personal belongings. It is incredibly important to pay special attention to the home after it has sustained water damage, as the added moisture can nurture the growth and spread of mold and mildew. This can have a disastrous impact on the health of those who live within the building.
Signs of Water Damage
Water damage doesn’t only occur due to obvious flooding. It can also occur in slower ways that can be prevented if you know the signs that water damage is occurring to your building. If the floor, walls, or ceilings change, it is likely that water damage is happening. This can include indications like sagging, cracking, or bubbling. Visual cues can also be used to find water damage, such as stains or mold.
Musty odors can indicate the presence of mold, which often means the presence of moisture. Unusually high-utility bills can indicate that there is a leak in your plumbing system that is wasting water. Additionally, if there is a sound of water running when no fixtures are in use, it is possible that water is in the process of doing damage to your home.
Causes of Commercial Water Damage
Commercial properties can sustain water damage as easily as residential properties and it can be just as disastrous to repair. Commercial buildings are required to have sprinkler systems to meet building standards and keep employees safe. When these systems malfunction or are set off without the presence of a fire, they can lead to significant damage within the building. From replacing equipment to repairing structural damage, these issues can be financially devastating.
Though this is the cause that is most consistent with commercial buildings, there are multiple other ways that commercial buildings can flood or sustain damage from water. This can occur due to broken pipes, backed up sewer systems, problems in the structure of the roof, and malfunctioning appliances. Obtaining the appropriate maintenance and repairs can go a long way toward preventing water from damaging your building.
How to Deal with Damage from Water
It is important to act quickly after your home or commercial building has flooded. The appropriate actions can help to minimize the damage that occurs to your building. First, you will likely want to shut off the water in your home. This is especially vital if it is the plumbing or a malfunctioning appliance that is causing the flooding. Extracting the water is a vital next step to minimize the deterioration of the building’s materials. You will need to remove the furnishings and other things within the area to provide easier access for cleaning. The area needs to be dried out as effectively as possible to minimize mold growth in the area. It will also need to be disinfected and deodorized for this same reason.
The building will likely require repairs, as well. Hiring a restoration company after your building has flooded can be a vital step to ensuring that your home can be restored to its former, safe condition. Water damage restoration services are vital to minimize the damage that occurs to your home.
Here at Royal Restoration, we strive to provide all of the necessary services to protect your building. Water can be a particularly destructive force that comes with both expected and unexpected consequences. Not only can it damage the structure, but it can provide a breeding ground for mold and mildew that can be hazardous to occupants of the building. A restoration company can ensure that this doesn’t happen by undertaking a thorough water damage restoration process. To learn more about repairing and rebuilding your home after a flood, contact us at Royal Restoration today!