Last updated 11 months ago
When it comes to water damage, the key to preventing structural damage and mold growth is to catch the problem early and repair the source of the leak.
In this video, you will learn how to find a water leak. The first step is to find the water meter. Once you find the meter, look to the leak indicator. The appearance varies, but it is usually a small circle. If it is turning, that is a sign that you do have a leak. Once you find out that there is a leak, you can begin your search for the leak’s source. First, search for the shut-off valve, and turn it off. If the leak indicator is still turning, this is a sign that you have a problem with your plumbing.
If you have a leak that has caused water damage to your home, call Ideal Restoration at (888) 419-4279. We offer water damage restoration and mold removal services to the residents of San Francisco.
Last updated 12 months ago
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Last updated 12 months ago
Water can enter your home in a multitude of ways. Whether you have a damaged roof or small fissures in your foundation, over time, water can seep into your home and collect in crawl spaces and other areas. Unfortunately, if water damage is not caught and repaired as soon as possible, it can cause serious problems throughout your home. Here are some ways in which untreated water damage can devalue your home and compromise its safety:
One of the most dangerous consequences of prolonged water exposure is structural damage. When water seeps into your attic through your roof, for example, the moisture can penetrate deep into the supporting beams that provide the structural integrity for your home. If left in disrepair, this can lead to expensive damages and, in the most severe cases, a roof collapse. Your home is a shelter that is meant to protect you and your family from the elements, which is why you want to keep it in the best shape possible.
Water-damaged homes are also susceptible to mold growth. When porous materials like wood are exposed to moisture over a long period of time, they become perfect hosts for mold. In addition to damaging the wood, the spores from the mold can circulate throughout your home. When present in sufficient numbers, mold spores can cause a variety of allergic reactions including asthma episodes, respiratory problems, and infections.
Black water is a term used to describe waste that has contaminated your home’s water supply. Black water can be caused by a variety of things. One of the most common causes of black water is backflow, or situations in which water flows in the reverse direction through your plumbing. When this occurs, your home’s water supply becomes contaminated by wastewater and often has a dark appearance. The health risks of black water are numerous, as the water generally contains harmful bacteria or fungi.
If you have water damage in your home, don’t delay the repairs. Prolonged exposure to moisture can cause serious problems in your home. To learn more about how water damage can decrease your home’s value and compromise your safety, call Ideal Restoration at (888) 419-4279.
Last updated 1 year ago
If you’d like to learn more about the importance of properly handling water damage, black mold, and sewage damage, follow these helpful links:
- Sewage damage is the worst type of water damage and requires extreme decontamination. Learn more about managing this toxic hazard.
- Learn why speed is so important when you’re battling mold on this page from HGTV.com.
If your San Francisco home has suffered from water damage and is in need of professional mold removal, contact Ideal Restoration by calling (888) 419-4279.
Last updated 1 year ago
Whether your basement flooded or a leaky pipe went undetected, water damage—if left untreated—can lead to mold growth. Mold thrives in moist, humid environments, and certain types of mold can be harmful to your health. Mold growth can also lead to structural damage, so in the event your home suffers water damage, mold removal may be necessary. Keep reading to learn how water damage can cause mold growth:
- Moisture Can Accumulate Unnoticed
Water damage occurs when a leak or other unintentional water source pools and soaks into building materials, such as floorboards, dry wall, cabinetry, and so forth. Over time, this moisture will seep into the material, loosening the structure and creating a potential breeding ground for mold. Leaks can easily go unnoticed for long periods of time, especially if the source of the leak is behind a wall or in a dark corner of a basement. Unchecked, moisture will build and affect all building materials in the proximity of the leak.
- Mold Thrives on Moist Surfaces
When moisture accumulates on any surface, all that is needed is one mold spore to appear for the mold to take hold and thrive. If the mold goes unnoticed—for instance, if it is in a wall, below a sink, or in a dark, unused basement—then the mold will spread and get worse. Humid air will exacerbate mold growth.
Since mold will spread and cause more damage if left unchecked, it is important to be aware of the signs of mold growth and stop it before it gets out of hand. At times, you’ll be able to smell a musty odor. You should also check for leaky pipes, corrosion, and stains. If your water bill is unusually high, investigate the cause. Remember that mold thrives in humid, warm places, so identify the areas in your home where these conditions exist and look closely for signs of mold growth.
If your San Francisco home has suffered mold growth as a result of water damage, contact Ideal Restoration for mold remediation. Call us at (888) 419-4279 to learn more about our mold removal and water damage services.