As we slip deeper into the winter season there are several common seasonal damages that can cause the necessary requirement of unexpected repair or restoration inside homes and businesses.
Even with insulation and winterisation preparedness, winter weather damage caused by leaks from broken pipes is possible. Knowing what to watch for and what conditions to be aware of will help you be better prepared to take action should you face unplanned home repair or restoration,.
Frozen Pipes and the damage they can cause
Freezing weather and wind chill can cause water inside pipes to freeze and expand. Warm spurts or several days with above freezing temperatures will cause frozen pipes to thaw and as they unthaw any broken pipes in need of repair or burst ones will reveal themselves as leaks, running water, or soaked carpet.
Unfortunately for many home and business owners the leaks are not noticed until a portion of their house is flooded and extensive damage has already been done making a complete restoration essential.
Most home owner insurance policies cover repair and restoration caused by flooding from broken pipes.
It is important to locate the leak or broken pipe as soon as possible and to turn off the water at the main valve. The amount of water that leaks into a home or business is directly proportional to the extent of damage and repair. It is important to dry and restore flooded interiors as quickly as possible to stop the risk of continued damage.
The issues caused by broken pipes can become worse if property owners do not know how to properly shut off the water, or if valves are faulty or do not work fully, or restorations and repair technicians are not quickly available due to the demands during winter weather months.
Leaking broken pipes can flood floors, damage carpets, padding and sub-flooring. Walls can also be damaged by water and have to have repair or complete restoration. Pipes in upstairs areas can cause damage to ceilings will also need repair. The broken pipes that caused the flooding will also need repair and restoration.
Problems associated with water damage
Once leaks are located and stopped, it is important that the water is thoroughly removed including all dampness and moisture. The affected flooded area has to be completely dry or it will be at risk of becoming mould infested.
Mould is found everywhere. Typically it goes unnoticed because it is at levels that do not cause any health effects. But when moisture is present it allows mould spores to adhere to surfaces and begin to grow. Because this process can begin to happen in as little as 24 hours it makes seeking prompt repair and restoration essential.
Left untreated, indoor mould infestations can become extremely unhealthy and dangerous for those living or working in the home or business. Mould can grown on surfaces seen and unseen. They can thrive beneath damp carpets, wood, drywall, and fabrics. After a major leak, mould growth can allow the inhalation of mycotoxins that can cause a host of respiratory complications and illnesses.
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An inspection by trusted restoration professionals may be needed in order to assess the extent of mold infestation and check for the presence of mould in ventilation systems. Damaged and infected areas will need to be undergo repair and restoration in order to ensure a healthy environment.
Winter weather may have its woes, but knowing what to do in the event your home or business is affected is the first step toward restoring the damage and your peace of mind. A restoration specialist will inspect the damage in need of repair and navigate you through the restoration process.
If your friends, family or neighbours have had significant damage to homes or businesses you can contact a professional restoration company to inquire about restoration services.