Water damage can be caused by leaking pipes, leaking roofs, floods, and other issues. The problem with water damage is if the source is not addressed promptly, the damage can lead to costly repairs. Typical signs of water damage include water stains on ceilings and walls, warped wood, and soggy carpets.
Water that damages ceilings often comes through the roof. Shingles may be missing, flashing that prevents water from seeping may not be installed correctly, and gutters that are clogged may cause water to back up and seep into attics or walls.
Water damage from leaking pipes can be especially troublesome because when the leak is discovered, major damage may have already occurred. For example, if a pipe inside of a wall is leaking, the leak could be a constant, slow drip. The leak may persist for months or years, causing damage to wood and drywall that may not be found until mold and decay have destroyed the structures surrounding the leak.
Water damage from flooding can also be tricky to evaluate because wood absorbs water readily. There may be areas that look sturdy, but later decay sets in because the wood was not completely dry before repairs were made to drywall or floors.
Not only does water leave stains and decay. Mold is a major concern when there is a water leak. Mold and mildew can grow very quickly and require thorough cleaning to remove. However, before removing mold, the water issue must be repaired. If a pipe is leaking, it needs to be replaced. Leaking roofs need to be repaired or replaced. Clogged gutters need to be cleaned before damage is repaired. Once repairs are made and all damaged areas are removed, then the mold cleanup can begin.
Water damage sometimes occurs in basements due to flooding, leaking pipes, or water seeping through walls. When basement flooding occurs frequently, installing a sump pump underneath the basement floor can help. A sump pump collects water and moves it away from a structure, preventing a basement from flooding.
It is best to leave water damage repair and mold remediation to professionals who are experienced in these areas. There are companies that specialize in water damage repair. They have the equipment and the expertise to assess water damage and determine what needs to be done to correct the problem. Water damage companies can dry an area completely, and remove damaged wood, drywall or other materials. Once the area is ready, they will install new materials and make corrections to reduce the risk of recurring water damage.