You wake up or come home and there it is: a spreading puddle of water coming underneath a door or a leak dripping from your ceiling. Water damage can happen at any time, and when it does, it can cause a huge mess and pose a health hazard.
You are not alone. In fact, water damage is the most frequent cause of damage in homes across the United States. It’s estimated that 14,000 people nationwide deal with some sort of water damage emergency every day. And it’s not all due to natural disasters like hurricanes or flooding, although those are the ones we typically see on the news. All across America, people just like you spend an $13 billion annually paying repairs and home restoration due to water damage, and the bulk of that is due to internal problems in the home such as faulty appliances, HVAC issues, broken gutters or human error, like leaving the water running in the bathtub.
One thing that’s vitally important, is to be prepared to be able to stop the spreading water the moment you discover it. In case there is a flood in your home due to your own plumbing, you need to know where your water shutoff valves are located. Most main water shutoff valves are on the ground floor near the perimeter of your home. Many home appliances also have their own individual shutoff valves, so you can simply shut off the water supply to that individual appliance rather than the entire house. Appliances with their own shutoff valves include dishwashers, toilets, sinks and washing machines.
The amount of damage water can do in your home actually depends a lot on the materials that are in the different rooms of your house and how those materials react when soaked with water. It can also depend on how long those materials are soaking in water, so when you see any damage, be sure you call us right away so we can mitigate the damage as much as possible.
At Spectrum Cleaning & Restoration, we hope that you never experience water damage, but if you do, you must hire a professional restoration company to thoroughly clean and remediate the damaged area. Our experienced technicians know the different ways that water damage has an impact. As your Southwest Florida restoration experts, Spectrum Cleaning and Restoration will spend the next few weeks explaining how water damage affects different rooms in your home.