Home Water Damage Guide

Has your home recently experienced water damage due to flooding, broken pipes, sewer back up or other water problems? If so, you probably have a lot of concerns about what to do next.

We’re here to provide you with answers about how to handle home water damage. It’s critical to address water damage promptly because water can cause major structural issues in a short amount of time. We can also help you stop water problems before they start by protecting your home against flooding, broken pipes, septic tank backup and more.

Top Questions About Home Water Damage

Some of the answers you’ll find here include:

  • What happens during storms and flash floods?
  • What do I do if storm water leaks into my basement? 
  • What do I do if a pipe bursts? 
  • How do I prevent frozen pipes in the winter? 
  • How can I avoid my septic tank backing up? 
  • What do I do if I see mold after water damage? 
  • How can I protect my home from flood damage? 
  • How can I be prepared for a natural disaster that causes major flooding? 
  • Is it safe to return to my water damaged home?

Threats to Your Home from Water Damage

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Home water damage can come from any number of sources. We’ll describe the most common sources of water damage, including storm water, a leaky roof, broken appliances, frozen pipes, and more.

No matter where the water comes from, almost any part of your home can be affected. We’ll discuss the threats to your ceilings, walls, floors, windows, doors or even your home’s foundation, as well as furniture, carpets and personal belongings. You also need to be aware of what may not be visible to the naked eye, like the integrity of wood beams, trusses, metal fasteners and other structural pieces. We’ll help you identify potential structural problems caused by water. As always, experienced professionals can evaluate the extent of the damage and make recommendations for repairs and rehabilitation.

We want you to understand that the longer water is allowed to cause damage, or the longer the damage is neglected, the more extensive the threat to your home’s structural integrity and the more expensive it will be to repair. That’s why it’s so important to take water damage seriously and contact professionals promptly.

Health and Safety Risks from Water Damage

In addition to causing significant damage to your home’s structure, home water damage can endanger the health and safety of you and your family members.

We’ll show you how sewage backup and flood waters, in particular, can carry hazardous chemicals and dangerous bacteria into your home. Sewage and flood waters need to be removed as soon as possible to keep your family safe, and we’ll show you how to do so.

Certain diseases, especially those spread by mosquitoes, can become more common after natural disasters including flooding. We’ll discuss what illnesses you need to watch out for, how to prevent their spread and how to protect your family.

In the case of major flooding due to a natural disaster, you should be prepared to evacuate your home until local authorities deem it safe to return. We’ll tell you some ways to be prepared for an evacuation.

Other risks to your health and safety include the risk of electric shock due to downed power lines during heavy storms. Water can conduct electricity creating an electrical hazard, so we’ll describe how to proceed with caution and properly deal with sources of electricity during a flood.

One of the biggest threats caused by home water damage is the growth of mold. Mold grows quickly in damp environments like bathrooms and basements and behind walls and ceilings where water has been allowed to accumulate.

Once mold appears, it can become airborne and affect the health of anyone in the home. We’ll discuss the health risks of many common types of mold and how to avoid mold growth in the aftermath of home water damage. Mold must be removed promptly to protect against these health problems. We’ll describe when and how you can clean up mold yourself, and when to call in a mold remediation specialist.

Here is more information on the health risks of water damage to your home.

Cleaning Up from Home Water Damage

If you have experienced flooding or any other home water damage, you’ll need to know how to deal with the water promptly and safely. We’ll describe the steps to removing water, cleaning up, and repairing the damage.

You must always be safe when dealing with water cleanup so we’ll tell you the most important safety steps to take in dealing with a flood or other water problem in your home. You also have to stop the source of water whenever possible. We’ll address the common sources of water damage and how to address their causes to prevent more water from getting into your home.

Water removal will depend on the amount you’re dealing with. You may be able to remove the water with towels, or you may need buckets or even a sump pump to remove large amounts of water.

Finally, we’ll describe how to clean and sanitize the affected areas. Damaged materials and belongings may need to be repaired or replaced. If you’re concerned that the water damage is beyond your ability to properly clean up, contact a professional to help.

Preventing Home Water Damage

While no one can guarantee that you’ll never face water damage in your home, there are steps you can take to avoid common sources of water infiltration. We’ll describe how to strengthen your home’s defenses against water damage through regular maintenance and other home improvements.

How to Get Help

If you experience water damage in your home, get immediate 24-hour assistance by calling 877-960-0491. Experienced professionals can answer questions and dispatch help to your home to start addressing your water damage right away. The initial home inspection and estimate are free.

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