Water Damage Service
First Choice Restoration specializes in both residential and commercial water damage repair services and is here to serve you during your water damage emergency. Our certified technicians are available to you 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We can have a crew out to the site within an hour or less to begin the water removal process (also known as the water mitigation process) and provide you with a free on-site evaluation using state-of-the-art moisture reading equipment.
What is water damage?
Water damage is the intrusion of water where it can attack the materials it comes into contact with through the destructive processes of rotting, growth, rusting or delaminating of materials. Water damage can be referred to in a number of ways such as water loss, water destruction, or water catastrophe.
What causes water damage?
Water damage can spawn from a number of different sources. These can include:
- • broken dishwasher hose
- • washing machine overflow
- • dishwasher leakage
- • broken pipe
- • clogged toilet
- • leaking roof
- • moisture trapped in the wall
- • foundation cracks
- • plumbing leak
- • slab leak
- • faulty appliances
- • water heater problems
- • excessive exposure to humidity
What to look out for
Essentially the best thing to look out for on your property is water where it shouldn’t be. The clearest indicators can be standing water or mold growth. Also keep an eye out for darkening, stains, leaks, peeling or bubbling paint, crumbling, bowing, or soft drywall and condensation around your property; immediately identify the source and stop it from causing further damage. If you believe you have solved the problem further inspection is needed to ensure that it is not a reoccurring problem. Your best bet is to call a water restoration professional for an inspection. First Choice Restoration always offers a free on site evaluation using state-of-the-art moisture reading equipment.
Not all water problems are easily discernable. Another indicator that you may have a water problem is if you notice a musty odor in the air. This earthy musty odor is typically the result of mold growth and you should definitely reach out to a water restoration professional immediately. You may also notice a change in the health of a person or pet in the household. First Choice Restoration is certified by the Indoor Air Quality Association and can help protect you from the damaging effects of mold on your health.
Negative impacts of water damage
Water damage can have severe repercussions on your property. It is vital that the mitigation process is started as soon as possible from the time of the water damage incident to avoid more devastation. Both the structural integrity and foundation of your property can be greatly affected if the water removal process is delayed. Water can have seriously damaging effects such as rotting, growth, rusting, erosion, and cracking. Extreme water damage and prolonged exposure can even lead the property being at risk for collapse as well.
Types of water damage
Category 1 Water – This type of damage refers to a water source that is not seen as a substantial threat to humans or pets and is typically referred to as “Clean Water”. This may be the result of a broken water supply line, appliance malfunction, or accidental tub or sink overflow.
Category 2 Water – A water source that contains chemical, biological or physical contaminants and is referred to as “Grey Water”. Consuming this type of water or even prolonged exposure can cause discomfort or sickness. This may be the result of toilet water overflow, sump pump failures, seepage, or water discharge from dishwashers or washing machines.
Category 3 Water – The most dangerous water source known as “Black Water” contains unsanitary agents, harmful bacteria, and fungi. This can be from a number of sources such as sewage, seawater, ground surface water or standing water.
When water damage is not immediately rectified mold growth can begin to form and cause lots serious health issues. Symptoms caused by mold allergy can be watery or itchy eyes, chronic cough, headaches or migraines, difficulty breathing, rashes, tiredness, sinus problems, or nasal blockage. If you notice a change in the health of a person or pet on the property it is important to call in a water damage restoration professional to help remediate your mold problem.