We all know what hits the Pacific Northwest when winter comes…Water! And lots of it! Of course, we get our fair share throughout the year, but winter is the water works finale. With increased precipitation comes a higher probability that some will experience water damage. Not to fear, though! Water damage restoration specialists, such as those at FireWater Restoration in the Bellevue WA area are ready to jump in and start working at the first sign of water damage.
Unfortunately, many individuals attempt this, resulting in further water damage that could have been prevented if professionals were contacted upon discovery. Water damage restoration and cleanup require specialized technology that can detect and dry water that cannot be found with the naked eye. Without this technology, water sits, weakens structures, and promotes mold growth.
Mold is not something you want growing around you, especially if you or someone around you has respiratory problems. Mold spreads through spores. Spores are tiny air-born particles that attach to damp material and begin growing, feeding on the material, and spreading as it goes. It has the potential to attach to your lungs and other areas of your respiratory system and cause further health complications.
Structural necessities can be compromised. A little bit of standing water can send structures crashing down. The water sits and softens the wood, and corrodes other building material. Eventually rotting and decay occur and the building becomes a hazardous area. ALWAYS contact water damage restoration professionals in your area, and avoid further damage, cost, and risks to your safety.
Periodically check around appliances. The appliances are commonly those that use water i.e. refrigerator, dishwasher, and washing machine. Check to make sure hoses are attached properly both around the water source, and where they insert into the appliance.
Observe conditions under sinks and around pipes. Be on the lookout for signs of leakage such as warping, dampness, discoloration, or mold growth. Pipe leaks often drip on and off and can be hard to detect as the leak only occurs when water is in use. It’s important to do occasional walk-throughs to check under sinks. Be observant of what your garbage disposal is doing. They don’t last forever, and rotting food water leaking into your home is never a pleasant experience structurally, and scent wise.
Clean out gutters at least twice a year, if not more. Gutters get clogged with debris from the roof, leaves, and sticks, to name a few. Clogged gutters allow water to become stagnant and seep into the wood, as well as any cracks and crevices it finds.
Check the condition of the roof from time to time, especially after storms. Replace and patch areas where shingles have blown off. This is just a little fix that can save a lot of time, stress, and money.
Water damage and restoration costs are no stranger to the Bellevue WA area. Whether it comes from a leaky roof, or a busted pipe, water damage restoration professionals, like those at FireWater Restoration are eager to help you get your home or business back up and running.