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Water Damage – In Home or Office


Water intrusion from inside or outside sources can lead to destruction. Here are some ways to spot damage and help prevent it in the future.

Water damage can happen quickly – as in the case of a severe storm. Or the damage can be very gradual, from a leaky pipe. Either way, the damage can be severe.

First, Consult Your Insurance Policy. In most cases, your insurance policy won’t cover damage from flood, sewage backup or gradual leaks. It normally will cover a pipe that bursts and floods your basement. Know the difference and consult with your insurance company now, before you experience water damage, to make sure your home or office are protected as fully as possible.

Indoor Inspections. Water damage often happens out of sight. You may suddenly see water seeping from a fixture or appliance. Or when you look up at the ceiling, you see rings where water has done some damage. Water damage can also cause warping of wood or tile. Rust on the water heater is also a sign of a leak. You may even see signs of mold when there has been excessive moisture, or the room may have a musty smell.

Outdoor Inspections. The location of your house or business may hasten water damage. If the ground slopes so that water gathers around your home, you may have damage. In any case, check the downspouts and gutters if the ground around your home is saturated with water. While you’re outside, check the roof and sides of your house for any missing shingles. Finally, inspect the windows, windowsills and door frames to make sure everything is properly sealed.

Leave it to Professionals. If you see signs of water damage, call a restoration company immediately. Water can cause serious problems. Be sure to seek professional help.

Emergency Preparedness Tips

As we finish off our summer, we are reminded that it’s a good idea to take a few steps to ensure you’re prepared for weather events in the future. Preparing now may mean the difference between getting through a storm relatively intact or reacting to difficulties without options.

Often with our rainstorms we get some pretty damaging hail. And the wind can bring damage too. Here are some tips that will help you feel less stressed when the storms hit the next time.

Moisture Dangers as the Seasons Change
Strong rainstorms can bring moisture problems both inside and outside the house. Certain conditions around your house, such as the slope of your land, old leaves, cracked seams and outside pests can create more problems when it rains. But a critical eye and quick fixes can remedy problems before they become worrisome.

Oversaturation. Heavy rains can lead to severe flooding by oversaturating the ground, overfilling storm drains, or causing rivers to spill over their banks or levees. Flash floods can develop rapidly. You can protect your home by checking storm drains and gutters, making sure they are free of debris.

Trapped Moisture. Older leaves or needles may still be trapped on rooftops from last spring. The combination can create a lot of tangled debris in gutters and rooftops that trap moisture for long periods of time. That additional moisture can also cause shingles to warp. By inspecting and repairing any roof problems early, you can avoid more costly bills.

Sealants that Crack. Sometimes around doors, windows and between the bricks on the patio, sealants can become cracked as they’ve expanded and contracted with the change in weather. Sealants can also cause cracking and warping on the roof. We recommend that you have a professional check your roofing since dried, cracked sealants can be hard to see. And taking the time to seal cracks or replace the sealant all together, will help avoid leaks inside your home later – and perhaps prevent rodents from getting into your house.

Speaking of Pests. This is the time of year when animals and insects may start to look for indoor comfort. Some will be creating nests or burrow in areas around your house. It’s always a good idea to take a close look at your roof, chimney and windowsills and inspect them for damage. Make sure you install guards to protect various areas around your home. Pests can include termites, ants, roaches and spiders, so be sure to consult your local hardware store for hassle-free remedies if you spot problems. While you’re at it, be sure to remove any old debris from your property as this can attract pests. And get rid of any standing water, which can breed various insects. Dumping containers frequently will keep them away. If pests seem to be winning the battle around your home, consult with a local pest control expert.

Inside the House. Check your attic and make sure condensation has not been collecting there. Too much moisture can cause problems and even affect your health. Make sure there is adequate ventilation in your house. This is a good time to check the pipes in your basement and make sure they are dry. Check for peeling and cracking paint, which can also be a sign of too much moisture. Consult your local painting expert for advice on correcting problems.

When You Spot Damage. Water damage should be addressed quickly, as materials around the home or office can weaken from the absorption of water, causing structural damage. If you suspect water damage in your home or office, give Restoration 1 a call at 720-573-2568. Our technicians are trained to spot water damage and we can restore your property quickly.