Category: Water Damage & Flooding
Water is the most powerful of natural forces. When water damage strikes your home or business having a plan of action is essential. At Disaster Response our core value is to serve humbly. We do this by serving others in their time of need. We understand that a property disaster can be traumatic in a multitude of ways, this is why we make it a priority to be there for you in your time of need, by providing direction and a plan of action to get you back on your feet. Supplied below is a set of guidelines to help in the event of water damage. This article covers the varying types of water you may encounter, how to identify the source, and when to handle or not handle the water depending on it’s color and location of flow. What Type of Water Damage am I Experiencing? In dealing with water, it’s important to understand the quality of the water involved, and that water is separated into three categories for health-safety standards. Clean water, grey water, and black water: Category one, clean water is considered water that one can safely drink. This water is commonly found flowing through sink faucets, […]
Water damage can occur in several different ways. There are pipe leaks, weather events, and damping. Damping can occur when the basement or the attic is very humid. That humidity can seep into the walls. You can oftentimes identify damping by noticing water damage near the floor or the ceiling without clear drip lines. Any of these three kinds of water event can cause water damage. Water damage is particularly insidious because it is a multiplying catastrophe. The Initial Water Damage A water damage problem obviously begins with the initial water damage. If it’s damping or a slow leak, you might not even notice it until it has gotten bad. If it’s a weather event or a burst pipe, the problems will quickly arise. The first problem is electrical. The electrical wires and connections in the walls must be protected from water. Shorts, fires, and wire damage could result if the water is not stopped quickly. Water can also undermine the structural integrity of water-soluble materials such as drywall and wallpaper. If they’re not quickly dried, they’ll likely need to be replaced. Mold and Mildew Within a few days of the initial water damage, you’ll start to see mold and […]
What do you do if you’ve experienced a minor flooding issue and now your carpets are soaked? That’s a great question, that many of us have asked ourselves in the past. Whether it’s resulted from an overflowing dishwasher or clothes washer, it’s a nightmare scenario for homeowners. While most cases will require the carpet and pad, and perhaps the sub-floor, to be replaced, here are a few tips to try first depending on the severity of your issue.
This is a question that we hope to never ask ourselves! If you’re wondering if it’s time to call for help, it probably is. If the damage, or potential for more damage, is so great that you fear you can’t handle it yourself, then it’s time to call professional help. Here are a few guidelines to help you determine if it is time!
Winter is upon us and that means being aware of possible ice dam situations. For those of us that have experienced the damage an ice dam can cause, it is not something we wish to be a part of again! If you haven’t had to deal with one, thank your lucky stars. The good news is there are things we can prevent ice dams from forming.
Each year around this time, we begin to worry about frozen pipes. By now, it’s probably a little too late as we’ve had plenty of subfreezing nights already! Frozen pipes are a nightmare that cause thousands of dollars in water damage. The good news? There are a few ways to help mitigate this hazard!