Flash floods and overflowing lakes and streams. These are some of the obvious causes of water damage, and they are also reasons that you would need water restoration companies.
But what about that tiny leak in a pipe or a blocked gutter?
Those are also possible culprits. While they may not seem like a big deal, over time, they can cause structural damage.
When your home has been harmed, companies like First Call spring to action and come to the rescue. We’ve been the water damage restoration company of choice for Burlington, Raleigh and the surrounding region for decades.
The Devastating Effects of Water Damage
That tiny pinhole in your pipe or blocked gutters can cause huge problems. Even the smallest leaks can cause damage to drywall, studs and can set the stage for mold.
Water can seep into the heart of your home and infect its core, causing devastating issues that can even affect the structural integrity of your house.
It’s also important to realize that water can cause problems within minutes. It spreads contamination and damages any moisture-sensitive furniture finish. All paper goods and materials that are sensitive to water can be ruined forever.
Even just after a few hours of water damage exposure, carpeting stains and musty, intense household odors arise.
After days of exposure to water damage, wood floors warp, wallpaper starts to peel away and fungi start to make an appearance.
How to Prevent Water Damage in Your Home
Granted, there are some things that can’t be prevented. Flash floods often occur without much warning. Even coastal North Carolina hurricanes have been known to dump torrential rainfall inland to areas such as Raleigh, Durham and even as far as Burlington.
This is when the services of a water restoration company like First Call are so vital.
However, it’s important to control the things you can. Therefore, we’d like to provide these tips to help prevent water damage to your home.
Check Your Gutters
If there is a problem with your gutters that goes undiscovered, water can eventually damage your siding and foundations.
Make Sure Your Yard Is Sloped
The key is to make sure it points away from your foundation. If not, water could ease into your foundation, where it cracks masonry and creates leaks. It can also cause water to pool in your crawl space. To prevent this, you may wish to consider crawl space encapsulation.
Make Sure Your Sump Pump Is in Good Working Order
Fill it with water and watch for the float to rise. Then make sure that the level of water falls. If you don’t test it and it suddenly fails, you’re looking at a flooded basement and all the headaches that come with it.
Make Sure You Check for Leaks
Even the smallest ones can lead to mold and mildew. In many cases, these may be in places that you can’t see.
While mold removal sounds like a simple DIY task, there’s much more that goes into it than you may realize. Failure to take proper precautions can have devastating effects on your health.
Check Your Pipes
Burst pipes can flood a basement and cause extensive issues and problems.
How a Water Damage Restoration Company Can Help
If you have water damage, don’t delay in fixing it. It ruins things permanently. You can’t afford to ignore it—doing so means you risk compromising the structure of your home, and possibly your health.
First Call works with your insurance company and provides extensive documentation so you don’t have to worry about it. We also utilize the power of infrared cameras to ensure that no detail is overlooked.
In addition to repairing any damage to the walls, our restoration services include:
- Removing water
- Fixing hardwood floors
- Ensuring there is no moisture
- Large-scale drying
- Drying structures and wall cavities
When You Have Water Damage, First Call is the Right Call
We have much more than stellar customer service. We have a philosophy. Call us old-fashioned, but that philosophy is grounded in the Golden Rule. We treat our customers the way we would like to be treated. We treat your home as if it were our own.
That’s why we’re one of the few restoration companies in North Carolina that drug tests our employees.
We embrace the values of service, excellence and integrity.
If you have water damage, you must fix it before it becomes worse. Contact us today for a no-strings-attached estimate.