The Need for Property Maintenance

Repairing Water Damage

Property

One good rain storm can create havoc in a home or office, and repairing water damage can be expensive. Many have been the times when a downpour has created shorts in electrical wiring, or it has turned walls into modern art with stains. Carpeting can mildew when it happens, and even wood flooring can be affected. It might seem a huge storm would be necessary to create the damage, but even a window being left open can create massive issues.

If a leak in the roof or any part of the structure is the issue, it needs to be tracked down and corrected first. Successive damage often occurs with this type of issue, and it might not be noticed at first. Figuring out where the weak point in the structure is can take time because water will travel along joists and beams. Starting at the top of the structure is often the first step, and moving throughout it will pinpoint the area that first needs correction.

After the original point of water entry is located and fixed, it is time to assess all the damage. Some of it might be easily replaced, but it can become a major undertaking if a leak went undetected for a long time. Entire walls and floors might require replacement, or simply tearing out a small area could be the only necessity. Water damage can be widespread throughout a building, or it could be just a small area if caught quickly.

Mildew is often an issue when there is water intrusion, so catching it before mold grows is important. Removal is often regulated by local governments, and contractors are able to assess the damage and proffer appropriate solutions. A small area of wall or flooring might be easily replaced, but an abatement team might be necessary if mold over a larger area has been discovered.