Water is essential to our lives. But one thing we could all live without is experiencing water damage in our home or business. Whether it’s flooding from a broken pipe or leak in the roof, any amount of water where it’s not supposed to be can pose a health risk, ruin your personal belongings, and damage the structure.
While acting fast to clean up and restore water damage is important, it’s not the time to panic. Here are three helpful tips to ensure you have a successful restoration.
Determine where the water is coming from
When you have water damage, it’s important to know the source and the type of water you’re dealing with. That information can determine the approach and tools necessary for the cleaning process.
If it’s rainwater making its way inside your home or fresh water from a plumbing issue, the solution is typically on the simpler side. It’s not great news, but it’s not the worst, either.
However, if the problem involves sewage water, it’s a different story. Sewage water contains bacteria that can be dangerous to your health. Plus, it will produce an odor that can make the space very uncomfortable to live in. In this case, calling in a professional is the best choice to ensure the sewage water damage is dealt with properly.
Understand that getting rid of the water is only half the battle
When you have water damage, the first steps are to fix the source of the problem and remove the water that has accumulated. Once those are taken care of, the job isn’t over. That’s because it’s equally important to address any remaining moisture that can cause toxic mold and damage your home’s structure.
Moisture can hide in small spaces, including behind walls, in crawl spaces, and under floorboards. That’s why no water damage restoration is complete without an inspection from a mold prevention expert.
Look for water in non-living spaces
It can be easy to recognize water damage in area like your kitchen or bathroom. But non-living spaces are just as prone to water issues – and can be more damaging if they go undetected for some time. Attics and crawl spaces are two areas that have the highest risks for hidden water damage. Even a small leak in your roof or a faulty gutter can result in a serious, costly situation.
So what can you do? You can start by checking on non-living spaces periodically or after heavy storms. It’s also a good idea to bring in a professional to assess your house for any potential water issues.
Finding water damage is your home can be scary and frustrating, but it doesn’t have to be a never-ending nightmare. Call Hawaii Restoration Services at (808) 682-8411, and we’ll come out and take care of the problem right away.