Water Is Wonderful
Having water in your home is wonderful. Water Damage – not so much.
The key to successful indoor plumbing is keeping it where it is supposed to be at all times. In the pipes, before you need the water, and in the drain when you’re done with it.
Water damage will happen when water remains in contact with building surfaces for too long.
Water will cause building materials, including wood, drywall, insulation, plaster, carpeting, and so forth, to break down. It can swell, warp, or disintegrate, but whichever way it loses its structural integrity, if left unaddressed your home will become uninhabitable.
Get Help – Right Away!
You need to call a professional water mitigation specialist like Construemax when you discover water damage in your home or business.
When you have water damage, time is of the essence. When wood gets wet it is going to be a race as to which happens first. Will the wood absorb the water, or will it evaporate? Wood has water in it naturally. The percentage of moisture in wood is normally in the low to mid-teens with a range of about 4%. But as it absorbs more and more water you’re going to start experience warping and swelling. It will attract insects, and expose your home to mold growth. So you don’t want to allow the wood to stay wet any longer than possible.
If the water is trapped behind a wall or hidden under a sink, you may not even know its there for some time. But once you know about it. Get help right away.
Sources of Water Damage
There are so many ways water can intrude into your home. External factors like nature and weather events can cause water intrusion. When storms come through, the wind can cause a lot of damage. Sometimes the wind will rip up shingles or tear off siding. But when the wind knocks down a tree or brings down branches, they have the ability to break windows and even penetrate roofs or walls. Once the security of the home is breached all the rain from the storm takes over and starts to flood the home.
Sometimes it is an unexpected disaster that happens inside. Improperly installed, poorly maintained, or worn-out plumbing components can cause water leaks.
Sinks and pipes are your best friends when it comes to controlling water in your home. Think about fire sprinklers, water supply to the sinks, toilets, and appliances. They manage the water coming in. Then there are the pipes connected to the sewer to control water going out. Unfortunately, both will fail from time to time.
Then there are the atmospheric conditions and unforeseen circumstances that can also be the source of water damage in your home or business.
Again, there are countless ways things could go wrong, but here are some very common ways people experience water that forces them to take action to address damage:
- Burst water pipes
- Faulty drains
- Leaking around toilets, tubs, and sinks
- Leaking appliances (refrigerator, dishwasher, water heater, etc.)
- Sprinkler systems (indoors for fires, outdoors for irrigation)
- Leaking roofs
- A window left open or broken during inclement weather
- Water from firefighters used to extinguish a home fire
- Steam accumulation in unventilated shower areas
- Humidity in general
- …many more
So often the water intrusions happen where you don’t see them like in your attic space, underneath sink cabinets or appliances, or behind the walls of your shower enclosure. Many businesses mop their floors daily. If workers are careless, water might not be fully mopped up in harder to reach areas, and these can develop water damage.
Signs of Water Damage
You should keep an eye out for signs that you have water damage. Signs such as:
- Brown stains on your ceiling or walls
- The pooling of water around the house or business (under sinks, behind toilets, etc.)
- Wet carpeting
- Condensation on surfaces like the interior of windows or on window/door frames
- The swelling of doors or windows making it harder to open or close them
- Cracks in the caulking around your tub/shower, sinks, toilets, and backsplashes
- Microbial growth that looks like mold growing on any surface.
Aside from the problems of your home’s building materials breaking down and needing to be replaced, anytime you have wet surfaces, whether it be from standing water or condensation from a steamy shower, mold will begin to grow. Mold spores are everywhere on this planet and water is what allows the spores to turn into visible – and sometimes invisible – mold colonies that can be doing you, your family, and your pets great harm.
If your home has a relative humidity of greater than 50%, you’re at risk for mold. Florida is well above that year-round. Orlando’s average humidity is 74% and closer to the coasts it’s even higher. You can’t escape the threat of mold, but you can manage the humidity in your home and keep unwanted water out.
Relax, Trust Construemax
With our industrial extraction, drying, and dehumidification equipment, we are able to help remedy your excess water problems right away! We can address emergency situations and are available to you 24/7 when disaster strikes.
When you have a water emergency, very often the contents or furnishings of your home need to be treated for water damage as well. Construemax will help you with the immediate need to remove the water and dry out the area, but also, we can remove the furnishings, clean them, and protect them from further damage or mold. We are your one-stop Emergency Service partner. We’ll even help you when it comes to communicating with your insurance company
We hope you never need to worry about water damage in your home, but if the unthinkable happens and you have water everywhere, Relax, Trust Construemax.