Your home is vulnerable to water damage any time when there is a storm. It can incur a significant cost For this reason, being knowledgeable on the different types of water damage emergencies is important in order to prepare you to be more equipped on how to handle it. The following are the 3 most common water damage emergencies.
1. Roof Leaking
Roof leaking can happen when there is a heavy downpour of rain for many consecutive days. The snow that is accumulated around your roof can melt into the cracks in Spring. You should get a professional to inspect your roof for signs of leaking every now and then. The professional can check for signs such as buckled and missing shingles. If your ceiling is leaking, you can observe signs such as water stains, soft spots, and mold growth. The fast way to fix a roof leak is to put a bucket under the leaking spot. You will want to make sure you have several buckets nearby to switch them and avoid overflowing. You can apply cement or place tarp on the roof prior to contacting a roofing contractor.
2. Pipes Leaking
Pipe leaks can detriment quickly if it is not given the appropriate attention. Pipe leaks can occur around toilets, and kitchen sinks. Usually, softness on the wood and discoloration of the cabinet means the pipe under the kitchen is leaking. Shower leaking can cause softness and dampness on the floor around. You can easily notice water damage from the burst pipe. In a bathtub leak, it can take a while to notice the water damage sign. This is because the wood and insulation around it will soak up most of the water before signs start appearing on the drywall and paint.
3. Flood Water
A flood can cause a significant amount of damage to your home if the water is not cleared up promptly. Mold and mildew will start to appear on the basement structure within 2 – 3 days so you need to act fast. To prevent floodwater, you should install a sump pump in your basement. A sump pump is effective in removing the low level of floodwater from the basement. If your sump pump is damaged, you should get it replaced. If your storm drain is stuck, your basement will flood. In this case, you can get a plumber to clean up the debris in the storm drain. You can use big buckets to scoop out all the water from the basement. When most of the water is cleared up, you can use a wet vacuum to suck up the remaining water. You can get a plumber to help you if you feel troublesome to clean up the flood yourself.