One of a property or homeowners’ worst disaster is Water Damage. The times to really be alert is during a heavy rainfall, or a warm day after an accumulation of snow, or really low temperatures. Water can enter a building in many ways, such as drain pipes, damages in the roof, cracks in the foundation walls,… there are many reasons.
Water is an element that is easily underestimated, but its effects can be very costly. It can affect the structure itself by lifting or warping the flooring, damaging walls & ceilings, and carrying unwanted bacteria. Not to mention all the contents that can be affected. Left untreated for even a short time can cause mould which does affect people’s health and irreparable damage. Although it does not look like it, water can cost thousands of dollars to fix.
Water can be very costly to fix because it can carry harmful bacteria and cause mould which would need disinfecting and cleaning, it can cause damage to contents that will need cleaning and may need replacing, and damages to the building that may need renovating. In addition to hiring a water restoration team to assist you with the clean-up, you may require various qualified contractors to restore your home or building. Green Life Restoration Services Ltd. can handle it all.
Some of the most common causes are:
- Clogged toilets – this water can be full of bacteria
- Frozen pipes – water expands when frozen, therefore bulging the pipes and causing cracks
- Leaky appliances – Hot water tanks, dishwashers, washing machines, can rot out or leak at the seals
- Leaky roofs – ice build up, wind, old age can damage shingles causing a way for water to work its way in
- Foundation cracks – ground shifts, it can create cracks to foundation, when it does, rain and snow melt will easily make its way in
- Sewage Backup – especially older homes do not all have the same safety measures installed to prevent this. Another thing, older homes with big trees, their roots can break and go into clay pipes causing blockage.
No matter how water gets into your home it is important that it is dealt with immediately to avoid further damages, such as stains, mould, rot, etc. The longer you wait to deal with it the more costly it can become to remediate. When handled quickly and properly it can save a lot of money and headaches in the future. Remember, your home is filled with memories, no matter how much your insurance company is willing to cover, it won’t replace those.
Different Categories of Water Damage:
Water damage is assigned to different categories.
Category 1 is for clean water. This is water is defined as safe for humans and animals.
Category 2 is for gray water. This is for contaminated water. If ingested it can cause illness. Toilets and sump pumps contain water that are full of microorganisms.
Category 3 is for black water. Very unsafe water, and contains bacteria that will make you sick. Standing water contamination and sewer water.
The right knowledge, the right material, and the right procedure is important when it comes to water restoration. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure is definitely the motto you want to keep in mind when it comes to this. By acting on this immediately and not leaving it untreated, you are preventing further damage. You can save your belongings and you can save your health. The problem may be too big to do it yourself and may require you to bring in outside help, and that is perfectly okay. But hiring a reputable company immediately is the best thing you can do.
At Green Life Restoration Services Ltd. we can offer healthier, greener, options that is better for the environment and better for you, your family, and/or the occupants of the building. Call us right away, 647.483.7085, we can get there in as little as 1 hour.