As we get to the time of year that brings beautiful Southern California that much needed rain, we wanted to remind you of the problems that can arise to your house (and specifically your carpets) It’s important to always be thinking of your homes health and well being when weather changes.
How to Prevent Water Damage to Your Floors
After a long day you just want to sit back and relax, but it’s extremely important to make sure that you prevent bringing water into your home from shoes, clothes, or wet animals. Family houses with kids should take the time to educate the little ones about the importance of keeping the floors dry. Taking preventative measures is the best, and most cost effective, strategy in your arsenal.
If the entrance to your home is carpeted and is exposed to a lot of water over time, the carpet can become damaged. In bad cases, mold will grow under the carpets and start to spread. Wooded entrances should be dried immediately, as just a little moisture can cause a lot of damage. Wood can rot quicker than you would expect, and a small damaged area can spread out and cause a really expensive fix later on.
We covered what steps to take if your carpets become water damaged here, but if you notice an area that might be damaged from water, try and dry the area immediately, assess the damage, and please call a professional water damage restoration service. These problems are best handled by a professional, because if the damage is not completely fixed, some cases will return and cause more damage and even more expensive bill later.
Is the Water Damage Only From Rain?
The extra layer of concern rain brings when you find a leak or a water damaged area, is it only from the rain? We have seen cases previously where water damaged areas occurred when it was raining and the owners thought it was just from the rain, and failed to identify a problem within their house. It’s important to assess the whole situation when finding any water damage or wet areas in your home, even if you’re sure the area was just from water being brought in, monitor the area and inspect all surrounding areas.
Determining the source for water is the most important step to preventing water damage (after taking steps to prevent it from happening!). We always recommend having a professional service asses any water damaged areas you find in your home. A professional has the proper experience, knowledge, and tools to properly assess any situation, and as handy learning skills from the internet is, your homes health should not be just in what you read on the internet (call a professional!).
What can seem like a small amount of water brought in from the rain can lead to bigger problems. Preventing water damage will prevent:
- Bacteria and mold growth
- Damage to your building’s foundation
- Lowered air quality in your home
- Expensive restoration bills in the future
Please take time to prevent water damage in your homes, and please assess any water damage you find to the fullest. We love working, but we hate seeing damaged homes. If you find any water damage please give us a call at 619-284-4239 or contact us at cleanearthrestorations.com. We would love to answer any questions you have or give an expert assessment on any water damage you find.