Utah is one of the driest states in the country, but that doesn’t mean that it’s free from flood risk. Floods happen all around the state every year. One only has to look at the history archives from the past couple hundred years to see that high-risk dams can cause floods in the lowlands, that the landscape just isn’t equipped to deal with some storm systems, and of course, that old, broken, or mismanaged plumbing can quickly create an emergency scenario.
Here at Utah Restoration Services, we have years of experience in cleaning up after water damage. We can help you manage the problem in order to minimize the damage, and then repair and restore your house to its original state.
Most Common Causes of Flood and Water Damage
- Broken dams
- Rising groundwater levels
- Burst pipes
- Improper irrigation (like broken sprinklers)
- Accidents (like toilet problem or an overflowing bathtub)
- Sewer backups
- Leaky pipes
What It Can Do to Your Home
The longer that water damage goes unchecked and unrepaired, the worse the problem becomes. Water damage creeps into every area of your house and will sometimes warrant a complete overhaul. However, with proper experience, we can minimize the damage and repair the problem with as little cost and interruption to your life as possible. Water damage can cause:
- Structural damage
- Ruined carpeting or flooring
- Mildew and mold growth that perpetuates damage and causes disease
- Termites and others pests who are drawn to damp wood
- Damage to electrical wiring and functionality
- Destroyed paint on walls and ceilings
- Wrecked insulation in the walls
What To Do if You See Signs of Flooding
If you see any sign of flooding (like puddles in the basement,) take action immediately.
- Turn off the water main and electricity to minimize the risk of increased flooding and electrocution.
- Take care of your family and make sure that they’re safe.
- Give us a call (the sooner we get there, the more we can minimize the damage.)
- Move valuables to higher ground so they won’t get damaged.
- Ascertain the cause of the flooding.
- If it’s a plumbing problem, call a certified and experienced plumber to come deal with the emergency issue
- Document damage with camera, and contact your insurance company
What To Do if You See Signs of Water Damage
If what you find is actually a sign, perhaps, of a small leak that’s been going a while, you still need to take action, (although the urgency isn’t quite the same). The sooner you get the problem taken care of, the less cost and bother you’ll be put to. Left alone, you could be losing money on your monthly water bill, you might be growing mold in the walls, and you could risk bigger damage like a collapsed ceiling or floor.