Water damage and children

Children are by their very nature destructive. Practically from day one they are small tornadoes that leave chaos and panic in their wake. Give a child something nice quiet and constructive to do and within five minutes they were found a loud obnoxious and destructive application for it. So it always potential for damage how to prevent your children from causing water damage in your home?

One excellent way of preventing water damage in your home is to make sure the bottles and caps you give your children have sealed lids. This will prevent any excess moisture from seeping out onto the carpet, couch, loveseat, bed or other place in your home. Replace bottles that have had their nipples chewed through. Once the nipple has been chewed through the water will flow more rapidly and can cause more rapid damage.

Another great source for potential water damages during bath time. If you bathe your child in the kitchen sink then you should not fill up the same excessively in order to prevent water from being flung left and right. Once your child discovers the joy of splashing, its all over. Water can go everywhere very rapidly and your kitchen is full of electronic devices and appliances all of which could become damaged by water.

You can read every man who all about how to take care of children possible but there is no substitute for common sense. You will prevent much more damage by acting sensibly and cautiously then you could ever possibly prevent through reading.

Rain proofing your home

It's a fact that in California when it starts to rain people appear to go insane. Drivers forget how to drive and start acting like there are on a go-kart track. People wear the most wildly inappropriate clothing for the weather and generally act like chickens with their head cut off. One area of rain management that Californians are particularly bad at is rain the proofing their homes. It doesn't always rain in California but when it does it's usually quite dramatic and for homes that are not prepared it can be quite devastating in the water damage Department.

Most homes in California are designed to deal with extremes of heat rather than extremes of water. One area of concern is the caulking around windows and doors. The heat during the summer months can cause the gawking to crack and break off and during the rainy season this will allow rain directly into your home causing untold water damage. One would prevent this is of course to replace the caulking in the fall.

Another area for concern is the ceiling of your home and the roof above it. If your roof is not properly maintained land water will make its way into your home and the damage can be lasting. Though it's difficult to identify a problem area on the roof before it rains if you see cracked or broken tiles or loose or shifted shingles those should be replaced immediately. A small amount of prevention can save you a great deal of money in the long run. If your home has become flooded you should contact a quality water damage restoration company to effect repairs.

Hard Decision about Hard Wood Floors

Finally owning your dream home with hard wood flooring and a great big pool.
Summer will be filled with friends in the pool all day and friends in the house all night.

Just be careful, not all of this pleasant daydream is a good idea. Having hard wood flooring takes a great deal of care to keep up. If you’re going to have people coming in to the house after swimming you should make sure to have a big mat or towel to help dry up the water dripping from the recent swimmers. Water left on the floors for too long with out being dried up can lead to major water damage.If you start to notice that your floorboards have discoloration, warping, or spacing you should call a water damage restoration company that can help you salvage your once beautiful floors.

Another sign your new floors may have water damage is a mildewy smell. Mold and mildew can start to grow in the wood when too much water has been there for too long. Mold is not safe for the family to breathe, a water damage restoration company can come in and help lift and remove the floor and remove the hazardous bacteria from your dream home.

Hardwood floors are extremely beautiful and can be a wonderful addition to go home but before you install them you should weigh the costs. Is this functionally what I need in my home? Does my current lifestyle accommodate hardwood floors? Once you've answered these questions will be in much better state to realise whether or not you should purchase hardwood floors in the first place.

Window washing and water damage

Becomes appointed which the windows of your home become so grimy that you either fork out the necessary funds to hire a window washer or you do it yourself. If you choose to do it yourself there are some things to consider. You afraid of heights? Do you have the necessary equipment? Are your windows properly sealed? These questions and more should be considered before you make the perilous attempt.


There should be sealant around the windows, also known as caulking. This creates a seal that not only prevents water from getting in but also prevents heat from leaking out of the home and heat and cold from getting into the home. Eventually this starts to wear around and fall apart. If it is worn down sufficiently and you begin cleaning your Windows you may be causing water to enter your home. At the very least you will be causing your windows to trap the water and the resultant warping may cause you endless headache.


You should replace the caulking around your windows at least once every 10 years. If you live in a particularly warm environment may want to do this more often, as the sun drying and cracking the caulking can make it follow that more rapidly. If water has seeped into the window he can cause the window to start to rot and they will be infinitely more work for you in the long run. Basic preventative maintenance can deal with this problem before it arises.


Water damage and carpets: to replace or not to replace that is the question

We have all been there. Someone is but something interesting on the television and you have food and drink in your hands. As you move towards the couch you trip over something and your coffee goes flying to spill all over the new carpet. Or the washing machine overflows and the carpet becomes soaked in foam and bubbles. What you do now?


The first thing you should do is eliminate the source of the water damage as much as possible. If it's a drink then you should try and dry it up quickly before it soaks into the carpet. It is very likely though that anything other than water will permanently stain that carpet. If you have a wet vacuum you should use that to strength as much water from the carpet as possible. It is also a good idea to point a fan and the area of spill in order to try it out as much as can be.


Often times the damage becomes so bad that the carpet needs to be replaced but this is not always the case. Even very great damage can be restored by trained professionals. You should seek out a water damage restoration company immediately after a major spill on the carpet or after flooding. These are trained professionals will deal with the situation immediately and let you know whether or not the carpet can be saved. If the damage is not dealt with immediately when it comes to convert it can lead to the development of mold and mildew and even to structural damage.

House plants and water damage


Some of us are born with a green the family and some of us acquire a love of plants and gardening and there are those who are entirely hopeless for the entirety of their lives. Plastic houseplants were invented to for those hopeless ones but for the other's house plants are an excellent compromise between having an outdoor garden and keeping plants. Houseplants, however, can be great sources of water damage.


Most houseplants are kept inside of pots and if that pot brakes then you may have water seeping out of the plant and you may not even notice it. The earthy smell of mould and mildew may be masked by the smell of the plant and you may not know you have a problem until months later. The best way to deal with the situation is by regularly checking your pots for signs of cracks. Also it is a good idea not to overfill the pot as if you over fill it it may have to do seep down through the bottom.


If you keep plants in window racks they may also cause damage. If they are improperly secured they may leak into the wall of your home and cause damage that way. One way to avoid this is to line the rack with plastic before you put the soil in and therefore no water will seep out. Preparation is the key to preventing water damage when it comes to houseplants.

Didn’t I just fix that? How to break the pattern of water damage


It is a universal fact that something that can go wrong will go wrong. Entropy is always there waiting around the corner to leap out at you and start destroying things. It always seems that just when you've completed the task that you have to do it again. Imagine that you are writing an article for a newspaper and just before it's done and right before you click save your computer crashes. If the plumbing system in your home is not maintained then it is just like that computer. It appears to be running well right up until the moment where it's not.

If you purchase a house and lived there for years but during that time spent no time at all maintaining the plumbing system on your home eventually something will go wrong. It is all the more likely that many things are about to go wrong and they will start to happen in a domino effect. How can this be prevented? Preventative maintenance is the best way if you maintain the planning system of your home before it starts to show any problems it is much less likely to start showing problems.

Do not patch a pipe rather than replacing it if replacing it is what is required. There is an old saying about doing a job well and that especially applies to plumbing. If you look at the plumbing job as something you just get over with as fast as possible you will overlook things and it may become worse.





Rotten wood: signs of serious water damage?

Often times with water damage it is so obvious that it cannot be ignored. A party will burst spectacularly and flood the house or a toilet will back up and make you run for cover but however it happens water damage is usually obvious. What happens when water damage is not obvious though? Water damage can manifest in many ways but one usual manifestation is rotten wood.

There are two types of rot when it comes to wood. There is dry rot, all the moisture is sucked out of the wood due to extreme heat and begins to fall apart. There is wet rot, the wood becomes so filled with moisture that it begins to crumble and decay. Of the two wet rot is the more usual. If the problem is caught in time the wood can usually be saved even if it has been severely soaked. Anyone in your home that has come into contact with water should be dried immediately before any water managers to seep deep inside the wood.

All wood should have a certain level of water in it in order that it does not fall apart but the amount of water should be regulated. If something spills in your home and it comes in contact with say wooden floors for example you should dry the floors immediately. Make sure that all the corners and edges of the wood are dry as well. Often this is best achieved by a combination of towels and fans. If Wood in your home has become thoroughly soaked you may need to call in a water damage restoration company. If the problem is not dealt with quickly would may become unsalvageable.

Water damage: the downward spiral of destruction

It's a fact of life that water damage only gets worse with time. Imagine your home as a bunch of dominos that are being stacked together to form a pattern. Each part of your home is painstakingly put together in order to fit the whole just like the domino pattern. Now imagine water damage as the dust of wind or the inadvertent nudge that sets all the dominoes falling in a row. Water damage can creep up on you slowly or it can all happen at once but if left unattended water damage will grow worse and worse.

Let us use the example of a bathroom sink. Let's say that the pipe behind the sink bursts and floods the wall behind it. This is an example of immediate water damage. The damage will become noticeable as the water starts to seem onto the floor through the walls. But what if the pipe does not burst but rather starts to leak slowly? In this case the water damage will become progressively worse over time and you are much less likely to notice it right away. This can lead to rotting of the wood, mold development, foul smells and the destruction and other parts of the house as the water seeps further into your home.

Building quality has a lot to do with how well a house will hold up over time but regular preventative maintenance on your part has a lot more to do with it. If you regularly inspect your house for signs of water damage you will be much more likely to detect it and be able to prevent it before it gets worse.


Water Damage in the Work Place

The modern employee lives in such a hectic world. We have such pressing calls upon us the little things in the office can be neglected. Between the filing, copying, working on the computer, juggling phone calls and communicating with other employees. It’s easy to let little thing slip. You may not notice the first signs of water damage that can lead to massive amounts of damage in the future. But, if you can catch it earlier you can save yourself time, headache and your company money.

Of all the places in your office that are mostly likely to be a source of water damage, the bathroom is chief among, that cheeky bathroom! Toilets are only designed to deal with certain things being flushed down them. Any paper other than toilet paper being flushed, such as paper towels, hygiene products or any other non-toilet paper items can lead to blockages, which become backups, which will lead to your office being evacuated do to the smell. The overflow from toilets is considered toxic. This is known as, black water, and should not be handled with out wearing proper safety equipment.

A source of water damage that is difficult to avoid could originate from a burst pipe in the ceiling or in the wall. Often the first sign of water leaking a discoloration of floors and walls. Next, there will be a fowl mildew moldy smell. Which leads to the development of potentially toxic mold. Mold spores have been known to exacerbate health problems in those with pre-existing breathing issues. Once mold has dug it claws into your office building, it is time to call in professional help. You should seek professional assistance from a quality water damage restoration company.