Flood damage can have a devastating effect on your home. More than just destroying furniture, drywall, electrical wiring, carpeting and appliances, it can also cause cumulative water damage that can have far reaching effects on your house. This cumulative damage occurs when moisture seeps into walls, floorboards, framing, wooden trim and other components. In time, water will bend, warp, swell, rot, or even harbor mold and mildew growths. Our experienced, talented team understands the ramifications and they do everything they can to ensure that your home is restored properly and thoroughly.
Our expert flood damage professionals not only deal with the emergency at hand, but can also provide the drywall, painting, flooring and plumbing services required to return your home to premium condition. If you've experienced a catastrophe in your home, you can count on us to provide the solutions that will make your life easier.
What about drywall?
How important is drywall water damage repair? You may be tempted to skip this step in water damage clean up if you can't physically see the infiltration with your own eyes, but as specialists in flood restoration, Clean Earth Restorations confirms that making sure your DRYwall is DRY is VERY IMPORTANT!
An indoor flood of any consequential size will undoubtedly seep through flooring and/or reach walls. Almost any construction in San Diego County includes drywall in its walls and ceiling structures and is subject to damage when wet. Both structural weakening and the development of mold are the top risks.
It's not always easy to know whether or not to remove and replace drywall, or to engage in a drying process that may save it. The key to this dilemma is measuring the humidity in the drywall, even inside and behind it.
Water damage restoration companies use specialized and precise equipment that allow them to determine very quickly where and how much humidity has infiltrated the drywall. With exact information it can be decided if the drywall can be saved by advanced drying techniques or if it must be replaced.
What are the most common water damage situations NOT covered by insurance?
One of the most common situations is from water that comes up from the ground (from a storm for instance). Water that travels across the ground and comes into the house, say under a sliding glass door or through a wall via weep screeds, may be categorized as "black water" and thus not covered by standard homeowners insurance. (Often, an extra "flood" policy is necessary for this kind of coverage.)
In a number of cases we've seen water accumulate in yards (especially those with concrete slabs poured up to the stucco of the house) and enter into the walls through the weep screeds (vents placed 2-4" from the bottom of the exterior wall). Because the screeds are not easily visible, you may not be aware the water is seeping inside of the walls.
What preventive measures can we take to avoid water damage and insurance denials?
- The best strategy is to take care of issues when you see them. Don't let something small, grow into something big, complicated, and expensive. (And it will.)
- Check your yard to make sure water drainage is working well.
- Clean out rain gutters (especially after a season of falling leaves and pollen). Make sure and run water through them to make sure they are completely unobstructed -- you don't want water overflowing into areas that pool or seeping into walls or windows where water damage can occur.
- It sounds simple (but we've seen water damage because of it) -- close your windows when you water outside.
- Turn off the main water supply when you go on vacation. (You don't want our faces to be the first ones you see when you get back!)
- Check supply lines (often) to toilets, sinks, washing machines, dishwashers, and refrigerators. Replace them when they become frayed or cracked. They should all be steel, braided supply lines. The milky, white tubing supply lines to refrigerators are some of flooding's biggest culprits.
Our experienced, well trained professionals work quickly and efficiently, and do everything they can to prevent lingering water damage from causing further damage to your property. We understand the importance of fast action when it comes to flooding and we offer the 24 / 7 availability that guarantees a quick, efficient response time. If you're in the midst of a home catastrophe, give us a call to ensure thorough, immediate results.
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