Water damage repairs can address a number of risks. There are several kinds of damage caused by water. The first level is due to clear water. It could be broken pipes or water spots. The second level is caused by gray water that could be filled with contaminants.
When most people think of water damage in a home or business, scenes of area wide flooding showing
continuously on 24 hour news channels is likely to come to mind. But actually, a small percentage of
water damage losses are related to storms or flooding.
It's true that these losses get more publicity because they happen in bunches and tend to be more
severe, but it is much more likely that if you suffer a water damage loss it will be from a plumbing
problem. That's the good news, because there is nothing you can do to prevent storms, and little you
can do to prevent storm damage, by using the services and things of Parker water damage you can
prevent water damage from plumbing problems.
The most severe incidents usually occur in a home or business when there is a water line break and no
one is there. This is a common occurrence at businesses, where a broken water supply line can spew out
water all night or all weekend before it is discovered. The culprits include: blown fittings on water
heaters located above the office areas; automatic coffee machines that malfunction and continue filling
and overflowing the pot all night; broken lines to a sink, toilet, or ice maker; malfunctioning fire sprinkler
systems; and even water main breaks in the ceiling.
In homes, similar problems with supply lines are common, but other common occurrences in are: the
hot or cold water hose to the washing machine rupturing; dishwashers and washing machines
continuing to fill and water overflow when the float ball malfunctions; toilets that are flushed, stop up
and continue to run; and bathtubs that are being filled and are forgotten.
As you can see from all of these examples, the easiest thing you can do to limit or prevent water damage
in your home or business is to turn off the main water line when you will be away for an extended time.
Some of worst days for water damage losses are right after major holidays or popular vacation times
when people are returning home. That's when they discover that water has been leaking for who knows
how long, and when the damage is severe and the clean up and repairs extensive. How long you are
willing to be gone without turning off the water to your home or business depends on how big of a risk
you are willing to take.
But even simpler and smaller steps than turning off the water main to your home can be taken to avoid
common water damage situations. For instance don't leave your home with the dishwasher or washing
machine running, or with a toilet that hasn't stopped running. Also, if you are going to be gone for more
than a day, at least turn off the hot and cold water to your washing machine. That in itself will eliminate
a common cause of water damage.
And one last thing, if the water service to your home is ever interrupted, makes sure to turn off every
faucet and shower that was on when the water went off. Severe water damage can occur when faucets
and showers are inadvertently left on and the water service is restored while the homeowner is gone. So
you can see that many water damage losses, and the grief that goes with them, are very preventable if
you are willing to take a few simple precautions.
David A. Selter is the President of DRYMORE Company in Houston, Texas, with decades of experience in
emergency water damage services in the Gulf Coast area.
DRYMORE is an A+ BBB rated company with experience that includes removing water and drying
structures damaged by tropical storms, broken water pipes, and local flooding rains. We have dried and
restored everything from a partially wet room in a home, to entire department stores, hotels and other
large commercial properties.