Water causes potentially catastrophic damage to homes, small businesses, and other such properties in one of two ways. Most notoriously, a flash flood or weather event – such as a hurricane – can cause extraordinary amounts of damage very quickly. More commonly, however, water builds up significant amounts of damage slowly, over time, such as through a leaking pipe within the walls of your home or office.
One of the most important things that a homeowner can do to help minimize the risk of water damage is to maintain an awareness of how to spot the signs of a slow, steady leak. As in most things, knowledge is the key to success: know where water is likely to start leaking from, and how the signs will first begin to manifest. At Vigilant Restoration, a Myrtle Beach water damage restoration company, we can help you to stay on top of water damage prevention… and, if a worst-case scenario should happen, we’re ready 24/7 to assist you in getting your life back in order.
Water damage is caused by water, but not in the way that most people think of when confronted with the phrase. Water damage from a slow leak allowed to persist over time is far more common than catastrophic flooding, hurricanes, or other events likely to cause sudden and overwhelming exposure to large amounts of water.
• Monitor water-based household appliances carefully. You don’t need to be obsessively fussy, but check washing machines, dishwashers, sinks, bathtubs, and toilets routinely. This produces the best results if done within a few minutes of their being used. Look for dampness or pooling water somewhere where it shouldn’t be, such as on the floor in front of a dishwasher, or trickling from the base of a bathtub faucet where it enters the wall.
• Check for moisture and dampness in seemingly random places. If there is a spot on your carpet, or at the base of a particular wall, which always seems to be damp or wet, this is a likely indicator of a leak. It could also be an indicator of condensation, so check at different times of the day – and under different conditions of humidity.
• Be mindful of your basement. Basements are a necessity when it comes to avoiding water damage. They provide structural reinforcement to your house, and a place for water to go when it leaks; basements make leaks easier to find. However, over time, frost damage – damage from the alternate freezing and melting of water within the ground during seasonal changes in a temperate environment – can be a threat to basements. Pay attention to basement walls; look for hairline cracks and fractures due to changes in pressure, particularly with older foundations. Meanwhile, always watch for places where water seems to be collecting.
Vigilant Restoration offers thorough and comprehensive water damage restoration services. When the worst happens, we are prepared 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Our services include a free assessment of all damages and what we can provide for you; our expert service staff can even help remove the effects of water damage from many types of individual personal possessions. For more information, give our Myrtle Beach offices a call today. You may also request a free quote through the use of our online form. A representative will be in touch with you as soon as possible.