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6 Signs that your East Topeka, KS Property may have Undetected Water Damage
Unfortunately, water can flow to any area of your home once a structural defect or natural disaster strikes your property. Water damage can be an expensive and upsetting result of this unwanted water. SERVPRO of Lawrence/Ottawa and East Topeka suggestions, that by reading the following tell-tale signs of water intrusion you may recognize and stymie the onslaught of extensive and expensive water damage to your home.
1. Unpleasant Smells
When hidden residual water or moisture accumulates on your property, it can initiate the growth of mold and mildew. This will produce an earthy, musty odor which functions as a red flag that unseen water damage is present on your property.
2. Visual Signs of Mold Growth
Mold spores are microscopic, lying dormant in most homes, and will eventually produce mold colonies when provided with moisture. Food sources – cellulose materials and other organics are readily available. When the moisture comes in contact with dormant spores, the active mold growth process will begin. If you note any fuzzy discolorations in isolated corners or voids, and are not sure if mold is growing, you should have these spaces professionally inspected. SERVPRO of Lawrence/Ottawa and East Topeka will visit your property to offer complimentary advice.
3. Stains on Walls and Ceilings
When water seeps into subflooring and the spaces between the levels of your structure, it will generate water stains as it starts to saturate the adjacent ceiling or wall board. This form of water damage can be a precursor to widening problems
4. Peeling Paint or Wallpaper
These can happen to your walls as water wicks and lifts the paint or loosens the paste securing the wallpaper. The water or moisture source should be discovered and repaired immediately.
5. Sagging Walls and Ceilings
Saturated ceiling materials or drywall can appear to be displaced because of the added weight of water. Once this happens, the structures can start to buckle and deform. When walls and ceilings become soaked with water, they pose a safety hazard from falling. Don’t ignore any tell-tale signs of water absorption into porous drywall.
6. Floor Effects
Water seeks its lowest level when allowed to flow. The flooring is the usual endpoint as water can collect beneath ceramic or vinyl tile (also damaging subfloor sheathing), carpets and padding. Newly manufactured laminate flooring is particularly susceptible to water damage. If your subfloor becomes completely soaked, restoring rather than replacing the materials becomes more remote. SERVPRO of Lawrence/Ottawa and East Topeka makes every effort to remove the water and dry out these flooring materials, but often they are non-salvageable and must be safely discarded.
Eudora, KS Water Damage and your Washing Machine
According to research studies, flooded washing machines are amongst the top 10 causes for insurance claims filed every year. This includes all home related damage claims. Water damage frequently occurs from this underappreciated and overworked home appliance. SERVPRO of Lawrence/Ottawa and East Topeka offers some information and preventative tips.
Washing machine flooding is problematic for several different reasons. The water source is known as white water, potable and safe. If the leakage source is from the washing machine drum or the drainage hose, then gray water is the result. This is called category 2 water and holds contaminants from soiled clothing, detergent chemicals, and possibly debris contacting the water. This can lead to illness upon exposure to skin or ingestion. Once excessive water pooling has transpired, your property can be subjected to unwanted structural damage or mold infestation.
What Makes Washing Machines Malfunction?
Washing machines break down for several reasons, but one of the most common causes is a water supply line connection that loosens or bursts. When you turn your washing machine on, you likely feel a slight jolt because of the water flowing through the line. This causes a pop of pressure within the hoses. Eventually, the hoses will start to weaken from normal wear and tear. A large bubble in the hose may be the first indication of a washing machine “aneurysm”. Inspect periodically and consider replacing hoses every 5 to 6 years.
Another reason that your washing machine may start to flood results when a drain hose becomes disconnected. Your drain hose enables water to exit the machine under pressure. This flow is stronger than gravity flow, thus allowing for wider dispersion of water. A simple knock can dislodge the drainage hose from the back wall housing the drainage pipe. SERVPRO of Lawrence/Ottawa and East Topeka suggests securing the hose to the housing of the drainage system.
How to Prevent Washing Machine Flooding From Causing Water Damage.
The best way to prevent your washing machine from flooding is to be diligent regarding preventative maintenance. You could spend over $150 for an electronic flood stopper mechanism. However, if there have been drainage problems caused by the sewage line, then install a flood-guard float (about $25.00) that acts as a check valve. This will prevent sewage water from backing up into the house. Black water, which is Category 3 water, contains dangerous raw sewage and contaminants must be blocked from flowing into your home.
Call SERVPRO of Lawrence/Ottawa and East Topeka for Excellent Water Damage Services.
Although learning how to prevent your washing machine from flooding is important, you could still find yourself subjected to water damage at some point. When this happens, it’s important to call a team of professional water damage restoration experts to your property. The professionals at SERVPRO of Lawrence/Ottawa and East Topeka have extensive industry experience and also offer 24/7 emergency services.
Highly-Trained Water Restoration Specialists
As leaders in the water damage industry from SERVPRO of Lawrence/Ottawa and East Topeka, we have advanced equipment, training and expertise, not to mention a tremendous amount of hands-on experience. Our process includes documentation of the drying process to validate your property is dry. Learn about our water damage training and certificates by visiting our website, www.SERVPROlawrenceottawa.com. Call us for help at 785-690-7373.
Sewage Cleanup- Lawrence, KS
Water from sewer backups should be considered very dangerous. The water is grossly unsanitary and may contain bacteria and viruses that could cause serious illness. Special training and equipment is necessary to safely clean this type of contaminant.
There are three major types of contaminated water. SERVPRO of Lawrence/Ottawa and East Topeka will inspect the contaminated water to determine the type of water and then plan the appropriate response to safely restore your home or business.
The Three Types of Contaminated Water:
Category 1: “Clean Water”
This is water from a clean source, such as a broken clean water supply line or faucet. If left untreated, category 1 water can quickly degrade into Category 2 or 3 water depending upon such factors as time, temperature, and contact with contaminants.
- Water from a clean source like a broken water line
- If left untreated, can degrade into category 2 or 3
Category 2: “Gray Water”
This water has a significant level of contamination that could cause discomfort or illness if ingested. Sources for category 2 water may include washing machine overflow, toilet overflow with some urine, but no feces; or dishwasher overflow.
- May contain bacteria and viruses
- Can quickly degrade into category 3 if left untreated
Category 3: “Black Water”
This water is grossly unsanitary and could cause severe illness or death if ingested, and any contact should be avoided. Sources for category 3 water could include flooding from rivers or streams, water from beyond the toilet trap, water from the toilet bowl with feces, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth.
- May contain untreated sewage, harsh chemical, and microbes
- Water from flooding rivers or sewer backup
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Sewage backup should be considered an emergency and dealt with as quickly as possible. We are the water damage restoration specialists with specific training and expertise to safely restore your home or business.
The Science of Drying in Lecompton, KS
Did you know there is actually a science behind the process of drying? Having the knowledge of psychometrics is essential to restoring a water damaged structure to its pre loss condition. If your business or home suffers a water damage, the team here at SERVPRO of Lawrence/Ottawa and East Topeka will:
- Inspect the building to detect every component that is wet to help prevent secondary damage from happening.
- Measure how much moisture is in wet materials and monitor whether the materials are drying properly.
- Speed up Mother Nature by using professional drying equipment.
What exactly does it mean to help “speed up Mother Nature”? A wet building can often dry naturally because the environment always seeks equilibrium. When materials are wet, moisture will naturally move to drier air at the surface of the material-but only if the air is drier. The only problem with nature is, nature often takes too long and secondary damages may occur while the building is drying out. SERVPRO of Lawrence/Ottawa and East Topeka has the professional training and equipment to help make water damage “Like it never even happened.”