Get Answers to All Your Water Damage Restoration Questions
Everdry Waterproofing is dedicated to keeping Wisconsin homes free from water damage and mold. We provide premier mold remediation, mold inspection, waterproofing, and water removal services. Our approach to water damage restoration is personalized and ensures your home is safe, dry, and livable. Below, we’ve answered some frequently asked questions about water damage.
What Are The Most Common Signs Of Water Damage?
Water can cause lasting damage to one’s property by penetrating structural cavities, creating pockets of saturation, as well as causing discoloration, warping, splitting, mold growth, and more. Some of the most common signs of water damage include:
- Dark or wet spots on your ceilings and walls
- Cracking, bubbling, or flaking on your ceilings and walls
- Leaks or puddles throughout your home
- Hearing rushing or running water when all fixtures are turned off
- Damp, musty, or moldy smells throughout your home
- An increase in your monthly water bill
- Roof damage, such as broken or missing shingles
- Outdated piping and plumbing fixtures
- Sudden dampness or humidity in your home
- Visible staining or mold growth in your home
Can I Clean Up & Dry Out Water Damage Myself?
The simple answer is yes. You can clean up and dry out some of the water damage yourself. But there are steps to take beforehand. First, take pictures. Then, mop up any excess water you notice. Step one is critical, as you may need to get your insurance involved depending on the extent of the damage.
Significant damage, such as water flooded a large portion of your home, will need professional services to be repaired. When copious amounts of water gather behind your walls and soak into your floors, there isn’t a way for homeowners to safely deal with it without professional assistance. Additionally, if the water damage in your home is the result of a sewage backup or you notice any mold or mildew growth, get in with a professional team right away.
Does Homeowners Insurance Cover Water Damage?
Most homeowners insurance policies will cover sudden or accidental water damage from a source inside your home. Any exterior water damages, such as those caused by a flood, would need to be covered under flood insurance, which is a separate policy.
How Do I Know When My Property Is Completely Dry?
While there is no precise estimate of how long it may take your property to become completely dry after enduring water damage, the average house may take around five days to completely dry. However, depending on the severity of your particular situation, it could take up to a few weeks.
My Wood Floors Are Soaked & Cracking. Will They Need To Be Replaced?
Minor water damage to hardwood floors can typically be repaired by removing the excess moisture. If the water damage is severe, the flooring will likely need to be replaced. If you are unsure as to whether your water-damaged wood floors can be saved or not, consult a professional as soon as possible.
Will Water Damage To My Property Cause A Mold Outbreak?
After water damage occurs to your property, there is typically a 24 to 48-hour window before mold will start to develop. If your home’s water damage is quickly taken care of by a professional, the likelihood that your property will suffer a mold outbreak is low. If water damage is not taken care of professionally, the risks of detrimental mold growth increase exponentially.
What Are Some Ways To Recognize Mold?
Because mold has a musty smell, a common way to check for it is to smell for it. Mold can often be found in attics, basements, crawlspaces, and other generally damp areas. Additionally, mold will often stain walls, ceilings, and even furniture. While mold is not always visible to the naked eye, it typically can be detected as a discoloration on a surface.
What Are Common Symptoms Of Mold Exposure?
Common symptoms of mold exposure typically include a runny nose, watery or itchy eyes, coughing, sneezing, throat irritation, congestion, and headaches.
Why Is Mold Growing In My Attic & Basement?
Because attics and basements are usually unconditioned spaces, they are at higher for mold growth. Unconditioned spaces are subjected to year-long condensation, which allows for mold to develop.
How Can I Prevent Water Damage From Reoccurring?
Water damage is not necessarily an easy thing to prevent. Cautionary measures that you can take, however, include the following:
- Apply sealants to your foundation, walls, windows, and doorways
- Install valves on your pipes to keep them from backing up into your home
- Perform regular maintenance and inspections of your plumbing
- Keep your gutters clean and clear
- Regularly check your roof from the inside and out
- Install a water detection device
Contact Us To Learn More About Water Damage Restoration
If you have additional questions about water damage and water damage restoration services, get in touch with the professionals at Everdry Waterproofing in Milwaukee, WI. We are always happy to answer any questions and address any concerns. Contact us today to learn more