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Water Damage Causes & Fixes

7/24/2023 (Permalink)

Kitchen Water Damage Clean up We were called out to clean and extract standing water in this Dallas home.

SERVPRO is here to talk about water damage and how it can be a serious problem for homes and buildings, leading to structural damage, mold growth, and other issues. We are able to recognized several common causes of water damage, and the appropriate fixes will depend on the extent of the damage and its source. Here are some common causes and potential fixes for water damage: SERVPRO of East Dallas is here to mention some of the main causes of water damage. 

Causes of Water Damage:

  1. Plumbing Leaks: Leaky pipes, faucets, or plumbing fixtures can lead to water damage over time, especially if left untreated.

  2. Roof Leaks: Damaged or missing roof shingles, flashing, or vents can allow water to seep into the building, leading to water damage.

  3. Flooding: Natural disasters like heavy rains, storms, hurricanes, or overflowing rivers can cause extensive water damage.

  4. Appliance Malfunctions: Malfunctioning or leaking appliances, such as washing machines, dishwashers, and water heaters, can cause water damage in the surrounding areas.

  5. Poor Drainage: Improperly designed or clogged gutters, downspouts, and improper grading around the building can lead to water pooling around the foundation, causing damage over time.

  6. Burst Pipes: Freezing temperatures or excessive pressure can cause pipes to burst, releasing a significant amount of water into the building.

    SERVPRO of East Dallas is here to also talk about some fixes of water damage.

Fixes for Water Damage:

  1. Identify the Source: The first step in fixing water damage is to identify and stop the source of the water. If it's a plumbing leak, turn off the water supply to the affected area or the entire building if necessary.

  2. Water Extraction: If there is standing water, it's crucial to remove it promptly to prevent further damage. Use pumps, wet-dry vacuums, or call a professional water restoration company for large-scale water removal.

  3. Drying: Completely dry out the affected areas, including walls, floors, and furniture. Use dehumidifiers, fans, and open windows to facilitate the drying process.

  4. Repair Leaks: Address the root cause of the water damage, whether it's a plumbing issue or a roof leak. Repair or replace the damaged components to prevent future water intrusion.

  5. Mold Remediation: If water damage has resulted in mold growth, it's essential to have it professionally removed to prevent health risks and further damage.

  6. Structural Repairs: Depending on the extent of the water damage, you may need to repair or replace damaged drywall, flooring, insulation, and other structural components.

  7. Waterproofing: Consider applying waterproofing sealants to vulnerable areas like basements, crawl spaces, and exterior walls to prevent future water damage.

  8. Improve Drainage: Ensure that gutters, downspouts, and grading around the building direct water away from the foundation to prevent water accumulation.

For extensive or severe water damage, it's best to seek help from professional water damage restoration companies. SERVPRO of East Dallas has the expertise to be able to handle any size disaster. 

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