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Water Seepage in the Home | SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul

12/29/2022 (Permalink)

Water leaks in the home are a common issue that may go unseen for an extended amount of time. There are things you can check for if you suspect a leak, including cracked paint, stains on the walls or a musty odor. Too much moisture in your home can lead to poor air quality and damage to your foundation.

A slow leak or excessive moisture could also create rust on your appliances. These signs are more subtle ones to look for, but you should also watch out for more noticeable signs like pools of water on the floor.

Water can cause serious damage, so the faster you act, the less need for costly repairs you will have later. Learn what to look for and how to prevent water leaks and keep your house dry.

Water Fixture Leaks

Bathrooms and kitchens are prone to leaks. Broken-down caulking around fixtures or holes in water lines can lead to water spots on walls and floors near sinks, showers, tubs and toilets.

Check these areas often during your regular cleaning routine, and stop dripping immediately. A small leak can lead to thousands of gallons of water spilled over the years, so the sooner you act, the less likely your home is to have extensive damages.

Water From Appliances

Appliances are a common source of water leaks. Refrigerators with ice makers or water options in the door and dishwashers are appliances that come with a high risk for leaks that could linger and lead to damages and an extensive repair.

To check for a leak around large appliances, unplug them and move them out from any walls. Check behind them for pools of water, damp spots on the wall or mold growth. Call us if you find an issue to get professional restoration handled quickly before damages get worse.

External Sources

Not all water damage comes from internal sources. Outside sources can also cause a slow leak through windows and doors or result in a sudden flood when severe weather strikes.

While we do enjoy mostly mild weather year-round in this part of California, flooding is a risk we have to be prepared for. Heavy rains that lead to flash flooding or an overflowing bay are some of the more common causes, but wildfires also play a factor in our vulnerability to flooding. After a wildfire strips an area of natural resources, it only takes one heavy storm to create a major flooding concern.

With a plan, you can manage these severe weather risks that may create flooding. Prepare your home before an event can occur and keep it maintained to protect your property and stay safe.

Keep a close eye on gutters, downspouts and your roof as a first layer of protection. Clean debris out of your gutters and clear buildup away from your downspout to stop overflowing water that could leak through your roof, walls and into your foundation.

Your windows and doors are another weak point you should check on a regular basis. Decayed seals allow too much moisture indoors that could cause mold growth.

Update your landscaping not only to meet defensible zone standards but to also ensure there is a pitch to keep water moving away from your home. Use organic materials to protect your foundation and prevent excess moisture. When your home is ready, you can rest knowing you are prepared for anything.

If you experience water damage inside your home or business, call us247. We have the experience and equipment to get your property back in working order fast.


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