Apr 18, 2007 4:51 pm
As a business attending to small cases of water damage, it is the time of year when many people face the difficulties associated with water damage to their homes and other buildings. I have just done a few such jobs after a big downpour a few days ago, the first deluge for a while now.
Many of these incidents are preventable with proper maintenance. Have you cleaned your gutters yet? Checked that drains, soakwells and downpipes are all clear?
Also, it can be devastating for some that have major water damage, sometimes from weather & storms, sometimes from washing machines, dishwashers etc. Proper restoration can cost thousands! It is worth making sure that your properties are adequately covered by your insurance policies, BOTH property and contents.
And last word on this..... If you do have such an incident, (even apparently minor) DON'T pussyfoot around.... get a specialised water-damage restoration technician on site immediately. Your insurance company may be able to despatch a restorer. Just DON'T delay. The cost and level of damage can increase every hour until proper restoration is initiated.
Hope this helps!
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Apr 18, 2007 7:40 pm
Great information!!! This is something some people take for granted.
I can vouch for water damage; a few years ago a split occurred in one of my copper pipes….hidden in my walls! It took ages to find where it was, and the search and destroy to find it was heart breaking. All went well; I knew where it was coming from just had to get to it. The plumber moved fast but there was damage which insurance paid for luckily.
The worst thing was….. (Which I don’t think people think about with water damage) is NOW I had wet timber internally in the walls for quite a while.
So the white ants moved in!!!!
I have left all the holes the plumber made in my linen cupboard, to get to the shower pipes. I will never again cover pipes totally so they are impossible to get to. From now on I will have panels in the walls….so ALL pipe work is assessable.
White ants where taken care of as well!!!
Blocked down pipes can cause a backup with water, the only place left for it to go…..will be back into your walls!
Take Ashe’s advice, check your drains and pipes.
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Apr 19, 2007 10:41 pm
[quote="Michelle"]The worst thing was….. (Which I don’t think people think about with water damage) is NOW I had wet timber internally in the walls for quite a while. So the white ants moved in!!!!
That is EXACTLY why I say to contract a qualified restoration professional immediately!
All too often, these incidents are not properly remediated. A restoration specialist will thoroughly inspect and measure all affected materials, and speed dry using various techniques as a part of the restoration. In many cases people see the 'tip of the iceburg'... they want their carpet dried or whatever, but fail to see the scope of damage behind the obvious wet areas. Failure to address structural moisture may result in mould colonies developing, termites (like Michelle's place) and other structural problems.
In the case of wet timber in walls after a burst pipe, with speedy restorative drying carried out, it would have been returned to normal within about 5 days or less. Without, it can take months, and the level of damage increases, along with possible health issues due to bacteria and mould thriving in the moist environment. In severe cases, sick building syndrome may develop.
Food for thought!
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Apr 19, 2007 10:52 pm
Ash…. I had no idea qualified restoration professionals did this?
As a matter of fact….(oh, how embarrassing) …. I was unaware of this profession!!!
But had I known of them when our accident happened I most certainly would have call some in!
AND…. now I do know of them, I will be telling ALL my clients also!
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Apr 19, 2007 11:22 pm
I've heard of such a specialist that was consulting at the home of Bob Hawke. There was an abnormally high temperature climate within the house.
Apparently, there had been some flood damage to the residence a few months earlier that had (APPARENTLY) been rectified. An investigation discovered around 700 litres of water sitting in the bottom of the lift-well.
Your insurance company will have contacts for restorers, and they are a 24 hour emergency service, so your insurance company should always be ready for emergency response. BUT make sure you have this cover, just in case!
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Apr 19, 2007 11:27 pm
(An investigation discovered around 700 litres of water sitting in the bottom of the lift-well.)
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