Water damage can start off as a small problem, but it can escalate to a much bigger problem. So what is it and when do you need water damage repair? It is caused by water intruding where it shouldn’t be and causing a material to degrade. So it causes to wood to rot, steel to rust, materials to de-laminate, and plaster to fall apart. The damage might be very slow and start with water spots that could grow until it hurts a surface. For this slow-moving kind, it is important to be able to find the source of the water and stop it before you have to do any work.
Sometimes, though, the damage is caused by a large amount of water suddenly introduced, like a flood or a water pipe breaking. This damage requires Flagstaff water damage repair. The first thing to do is try to get the materials as clean and dry as possible. But don’t just leave these objects in the sun, because that could cause further damage if they dry too quickly. So if possible, dry the objects inside, which can be facilitated by running fans. If the item is delicate like a book or a picture, avoid touching them too much, and let the air dry as much as possible. If you are bringing in a professional, you can leave the delicate items in a freezer until that person can look at them.
If you need to remove mold, there are easily accessible products that are available in most hardware or grocery stores. If the objects have broken, let them dry fully before attempting to repair them. Also, if the affected objects are clothing, let them dry and then put them through the washing machine. But if the items are shaped items like a woven basket, they should be supported as they dry with absorbent, non-dyed materials.
For the slower moving damage, spotting it quickly is the key to keeping the problem small and avoiding expensive and extensive water damage repair. Step one is to check all of the pipes, seals, and faucets. The point is to look for anything that is dripping and causing moisture or damp smells. Any of these could indicate a water damage problem. Again, the point is to identify problem spots before they need to be repaired.
Another thing to look for is for brittle washing machine hoses. If they are no longer flexible, they might break or leak, which would create a large problem. Another good place to check is the overflows for either the refrigerator or the air conditioner. If there is standing water in the overflows, then they might not be draining correctly, another potential problem.
In general, if you notice any discolored spots on the walls or ceiling, that is a sign that there is water damage. This should be addressed immediately before the problem grows. While the spot might not be damp to the touch, it could indicate a recurring problem, which could come back and get worse with the next heavy rain.