Recovery efforts after massive water damage to a home can be one of the worst repairs a homeowner might have to face. The extent of damage that water can cause to a home is just as varied as the causes behind it. It could be due to a leaking basement, a broken sump pump, a water heater, or even a water line that has burst. No matter the cause, if it happens to you, you will need a professional Katy plumbing company that you can count on to take care of the leak for you, quickly, efficiently and professionally.
On your end, the first thing you will need to do is remove everything in the home that has been affected or damaged by the water. Furniture, linens, clothing, drapes, decorations, toys and the like are but a few named. You will need to remove the items, set them aside and queue them for cleaning and drying before mildew sets in.
The next part deals with removing the water. You can accomplish this by mopping, using a wet / dry shop vacuum or if you do not have the time but the resources, then you can also contact a professional service to remove the water for you. You could also rent a commercial vacuum which will be stronger than the typical residential one you may have lying around to help speed up the process.
If water has piled up, let’s say in your basement, then purchase a sump pump and connect it to a garden hose to pump the water out of the home. You can opt for submersible or non-submersible sump pumps. Once all of the water has been removed from your home you will need to then begin drying the area that was affected by the water. There may be a professional Katy plumbing company that can assist you with this or at the very least refer you someone.
You will need several high velocity fans in order to dry the carpet, baseboards and walls in the area affected by the water. These will need to be set to run for several days along with a high capacity dehumidifier to get the moisture out of the home. If you fail to make use of high velocity fans and a dehumidifier then it can result in the proliferation of mold and mildew in the home. Any furniture and carpet that was affected by the water once dried out, will need professional cleaning that makes use of antimicrobial and odor removal.
The source that wrought the water damage will obviously need to be repaired also. You will want a professional Katy plumbing company, such as, Benjamin Franklin Plumbing® of Rosenberg to take care of the repairs for you and check the rest of your home’s plumbing system to see if anything else needs to be repaired also.
If the source of the leak is due to basement leakage, it might be repairable by waterproofing the basement. A burst pipe obviously will need to be replaced, however, in a scenario with a burst pipe, the plumber should inspect the rest of the homes plumbing system to make sure everything else is in working order and not deteriorating. If the water damage is due to flooding from a nearby water source then perhaps a landscaping company can suggest methods to help mitigate the risk of flooding to your home.
The following is a list of common tips that may help you identify if you have a slow leak:
- Inspect all of the water connections in your home on a regular basis. You will be looking for signs of corrosion on copper pipes. Look for stains and / or mineral deposits around the home, such as on the walls,bottom of cupboards and the like where water might have leaked.
- Keep an eye out for mold and / or mildew. It is most commonly found at the bottom of storage boxes, on walls, and around bath tubs and sinks. Inspect the areas around the home where pipes and vents enter or exit the home.
- Have your roof inspected annually and seal vents and any other extruding items through the roof. These types of leaks can cause serious damage to a roof, the insulation, joists, walls, ceilings and eventually find its way to the floors and other structures within the home.
Prevention is the best course of action against leaks and flooding that can be minimized. Contact a professional plumbing company in Katy, such as Benjamin Franklin Plumbing® of Rosenberg and schedule an appointment today to have your home inspected.