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Water and Sewage Damage

Water and flood damage are two very different things and should be treated as such. Water damage is caused by a “clean water” event, while flood damage is caused by contaminated heavy rain or rising water.

Standing water will lead to mold issues, which can then cause serious health and safety concerns.

WATER DAMAGE

Water damage and excess moisture can be extremely destructive and spread very quickly in indoor environments.

If not promptly repaired, it can cause major problems. Excessive water caused by a burst pipe, leaky plumbing or flood can spread fast and stain walls, baseboards, carpets and upholstery. The damage will increase exponentially the longer its cause is not addressed.

What types of water damage can I call National Restoration for?

Sewer Line Backup – Water from a sewer line backup requires trained restoration professionals. We at National Restoration use safe and effective techniques that include removal of sewer water, plus the cleaning, decontamination and sanitization of your home, property or facility.

Basement Flooding – A broken sump pump, poor drainage or flash flooding can lead to basement flooding, structural damage and/or mold, all of which require professional remediation and restoration.

Burst or Frozen Pipes – When the temperatures drop, poorly insulated pipes inside a home or building can freeze and possibly burst, potentially causing extensive damage to your property. National can remove the water fast and ensure the affected area is dry.

Leaking Pipes or Faulty Appliances – If you have broken, leaky or old pipes, washing machines or dishwashers that overflow, these can cause water damage that will quickly lead to mold. Our professionals will inspect your walls, floors and subfloors for any damage or signs of mold. We will remove the water as well as clean up and dry out the affected areas.

Water Leftover from a Fire – After a fire at your home or property, you may have water as well as fire and smoke damage. National Restoration uses state-of-the-art equipment to clean up the residual water and restore your property.

5 STEPS TO CHECK FOR POSSIBLE WATER DAMAGE

Water damage can result from a wide range of problems. Whether it’s a minor roof leak or simply a dripping pipe, water can affect your home’s structure, belongings and furnishings. It can also carry harmful bacteria. If not treated, it can affect your health and that of your family or employees.

STEP 1:

Check all the pipes, seals, faucets and fittings in your home or building. Look for any drips or pools of water. Check for musty smells under kitchen and bathroom cabinets. These will point to possible water damage. They may not seem like a big deal, but you should have them fixed before the problem gets worse.

STEP 2:

Check behind washing machines and under sinks. Look for dry, cracked hoses that are no longer flexible. They should be replaced due to the likelihood of breaking and potentially leaking large amounts of water.

STEP 3:

Check the overflow pans on air conditioners and refrigerators. They should be draining properly. If they are not, this is a potential water damage hazard and should be taken care of.

STEP 4:

Check your roof. Walk around on your roof (better yet, have a professional do it) and look for discoloration in the shingles or soft spots. Check attics or any other accessible spaces underneath roofing for signs of leakage.

STEP 5:

Check walls, ceilings, carpets and hardwood floors. Look for any slight discoloration. If you see anything, this could indicate a slow leak problem. It may not be damp in that area, but the discoloration is your first clue water damage has occurred and should be taken care of.

SEWAGE CLEAN-UP

Sewage back flows, or backups are more complicated than typical water issues. Sewage back flow carries dangerous bacteria and viruses that are harmful to both humans and animals, so a quick response is critical. If contaminated water is not dried and cleaned in a timely manner, you can expect mold growth. National Restoration provides emergency cleaning services for sewage back-ups 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Sewage can come from several sources:

  • Toilet overflow
  • Broken sewage pipes
  • Back of sewage drains
  • Flooding

National Restoration employs specially trained technicians to deal with sewage clean-ups . We encourage customers NOT to attempt to clean up sewage contamination. Leave it to the professionals who are equipped to deal with it.

DISPELLING SEWAGE MYTHS

FACT # 1

Sewage from oceans, lakes or rivers is NOT clean. It contains contaminants such as microorganisms, bacteria and pesticides. Trapped inside walls or under floor coverings, it doesn’t take long to become a noxious health hazard.

FACT # 2

Sewage-saturated carpets can NOT be saved.” Porous materials such as carpet, paddiing, upholstery, bedding, wicker, paper goods or fabrics that can’t be washed in hot water, must be disposed of safely and immediately.

FACT # 3

Even partially sewage-flooded buildings are NOT safe. Unless affected areas can be completely sealed off to prevent cross-contamination into other areas, the structure is NOT safe to be in. Only trained professionals using specialized equipment are qualified to restore sewage damage. We are.

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