Bursting Water Pipes and Flood Damage

When a busted pipe causes home flooding

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A bursting water pipe is a common source of flood damage in any home or commercial property. The initial raction and response of a homeowner can help in minimizing the damage that it may bring about. San Diego, CA 

AA Blog shared some of the things the property owner must do while waiting for the emergency plumber to arrive.

“Turn off the water. Drain the pipe of water by turning on all cold taps and flushing all your toilets. Then switch off the water heating system and turn on all hot taps to help drain the water supply system. Simply put, when there is no water left in the pipe the leaking will subside. Prevent further damage. If the leak is coming through your ceiling, place a bucket under the problem area to prevent the spread of any further damage. Exercise caution. If a leak has gone unnoticed for a period of time in the attic, upstairs floors and ceilings may become unstable due to the weight of retained water. Never walk across a bulging floor as it could give way.”

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Initial Response

The website The Desperate Houselife emphasized the importance in seeking professional help during these times so as to avid further expenses brought about by flood damage.

“Unless your husband has experience with plumbing, you’ll need to call a professional. That is especially the case if you live in a rented property. Your landlord will want to see the official documentation that proves the work was carried out by a licensed expert. There should be many home repairs specialists in your local area. You just might have to get their contact details using your smartphone. Your laptop and WiFi connection aren’t going to work without any power. Once the professionals have fixed the pipes, you can start to clean up. It took me around six hours to get things back to normal. That is because the water damaged so much of our stuff. There are companies you can call if you need a hand. The people working for those firms are specially trained in ensuring no dangerous bacteria is left behind.”

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Frozen Pipes can Burst Too

British website Sure Stop also reminded its readers that frozen pipes can also burst, and subsequently cause flood damage.

“Frozen pipes occur more often in winter. A harsh drop in temperature causes the water passing through the pipes to freeze and expand, potentially leading to a burst pipe and flooding. A burst pipe, if left alone, can flood your home at a rate of 400 litres per hour. At the first sign of any water damage, it is important to turn your water supply off to prevent any further damage. If reading this article has got you thinking Stopcock, where’s that? Go check, incase of an emergency you will be prepared.”

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When pipes burst and it brought about significant flood damage, call in flood restoration professionals to minimize further water damage in your property.

When Roof Leaks Cause Flood Damage

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When Roof Leaks Cause Flood Damage

The damages a leaking roof may bring

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When the roof leaks, water damage begins. (Photo Credits)

Flood water damage does not only come from the usual flooding from outside the home, or from any failure in a home’s plumbing system. It can actually come ffrom above – the ceiling, the roof – which may leak of rain water or snow that has melted out. Check out Ace1 Website

Good Rich Roofing cautioned property owners that there is more damage to a leaking roof, than just the damaged ceiling.

“It’s easier for water to seep through a damaged roof and consequently destroy other parts of the home. Here are several signs of water damage: Bad smell coming from rotting wood or stagnant water; Dark yellow or brown stains on walls or ceilings; Damaged walls or ceilings (e.g., sagging ceiling or warped or buckled walls);  Soft, cracked, or cupping floors.” Read the rest of the post here.

The damage it brings

Lyon’s contracting says water damage to a home or a commercial property is the main type of damage a roof leak can cause.

“The attic and your ceiling are the first areas that water attacks in your home. Ceiling plaster might expand and bubble and ceiling paint might darken. The water can also damage the nearby walls’ plaster and paint. Long-term roof leaks can also promote mold and mildew growth, which can lead to health issues. Lastly, water can damage your rafters, fascia boards, wall framing, and ceiling joists.”

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What a property owner can do

Roof Doctor Utah says that to avoid the concern, a property owner should have regular roofing inspections.

“Investing in an inspection by a contractor at the end of every summer is good preventive maintenance. A roofing, siding, landscaping and piping professional are what makes up your ultimate team. Prepping your home for winter is a must, but few people do it. Don’t risk your biggest investment — start planning now for regular checks to ensure a safe home.”

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Once a roof leak is detected it is important that water damage inspections immediately take place so that restoration and remediation can be carried out as early as possible.

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What black water damage can do to the health

The dangers of black water damage

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Sick with black water damage. (Photo Credits)

Category Three water damage or that which is described as Black Water Damage is the most illness-inducing kind of flood or water damage.

Weather-related flooding, community flooding, and sewage or drain related overflows cause black water damage.

The News Star featured what could go wrong with stagnating black water damage. Commercial Flood Service San Diego Read More        

“Mold and other fungi are bad for the house and for the occupants. Mold spores are an allergen and some types of molds produce mycotoxins. Decay-causing fungi grow in wood that stays wet for an extended period, causing it to lose strength. In a nutshell, a wet house is soon an unhealthy house and eventually a rotting house. To make matters even worse, such secondary damage may be excluded from coverage on your flood and homeowners insurance.”

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Black Water Damage

Restoration Master Finder described the dangers that come with black water. Read more Flood

“Black water damage is the most hazardous type of water damage and involves water that contains many harmful contaminants including microorganisms, sewage, and human or chemical waste.  Flood damage and sewage backups are the most common sources of black water damage and because of the risk to your health, it is highly recommended that you hire a professional to clean up flood damage and any other black water damage because they have the right cleaning products to disinfect the affected surfaces and purify the air to eliminate mold spores and other airborne contaminants.  Mold, microorganisms, and toxins from waste materials can result in a range of allergic reactions and extended exposure can even lead to more serious respiratory problems including infections and difficulty breathing.”

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KSFY.com for its part came out with guidelines on what to do upon returning home to a flood-damaged home.

“Keep children and pets out of the affected area until cleanup has been completed. Wear rubber boots, rubber gloves, and goggles during cleanup of affected area. Also try and limit skin exposure to the flood water and cleaning chemicals by wearing long sleeves and pants.”

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