Household & Real Estate

Solving a Home Water Leak Damage Mess

Water damage can be incredibly challenging to deal with in a home. Not only is there an immediate water leak or spill that must be stopped, but all of the water must also be cleared up, as well as the drying out and exposure. 

Types of Water Emergencies

Water damage happens in one of three forms: a leak from a feed line under pressure, a leak from a drain line, or a spill. Pressure is the worst because it will continue to keep pushing water out until the feed is shut off. The second type, drain leakage, is momentary, but it can spread contaminated water which creates problems with bacteria and possible sickness. Lastly, big spills just drop water everywhere and make a big mess, like a laundry machine letting go of its water load because the exit hose disconnected from the wall. In all these cases, there is the initial response and then the clean-up. While the initial response can be dramatic, it is short. The clean-up involves most of the work.

Water Damage Emergency Response

When there is a big water spill, it goes wherever gravity takes it. Upstairs, that can mean going across floors, into walls, down and through ceilings below, and onto furniture and flooring. The same happens on the bottom floor but across horizontally and into the walls. Just about everything soaked has to be considered damaged and removed, otherwise, it has a high risk of generating mold and mildew, which spreads even further. Mold and mildew also cause serious health problems in a contained household.

Restoration services ( are equipped and trained to respond comprehensively to serious water damage. That includes air drying equipment, damaged wall and flooring removal, moisture testing, mold testing, and more. From a professional approach, the mitigation efforts cover all the details and frequently find moisture problems where the average person might miss evidence.

Do It Yourself is Not Enough

There is always the temptation with a big spill at home to just respond with a big run to the local hardware store, put disinfectant on everything, wipe and clean up, and then call it a day. However, water frequently penetrates where people can’t reach it, and that’s what generates the big risk of mold and mildew damage. To grow, fungi need moisture, trapped air, and a lack of light. Behind the walls is an ideal location for this to occur. Don’t wait for an infestation to cause your walls to discolor and turn black. Use the expertise and knowledge of a water mitigation team to halt the water damage in its tracks.