When a water damage catastrophe occurs at your Philadelphia, PA, home, the damage can extend beyond the affected area.
The problem with water damage is the fact the damage compounds as time increases.
Let’s say, for example, an ice dam or clogged gutters causes water damage in an uncommonly visited area of your home, like the attic.
The water that seeps into the attic won’t just stay in one spot – it’ll saturate everything it comes into contact with and continue to seep silently into other areas and surfaces of the home.
Given enough volume of water, it can compromise structural elements of your home including ceiling and floor joists, wall studs, and drywall.
If that weren’t enough, the untreated water damage catastrophe can quickly lead to a mold damage catastrophe, causing damage that can be even more cumbersome to deal with.
We don’t paint a bleak picture of water damage because we’re pessimistic. We simply want you to know the facts and be prepared for various situations.
It’s important to be mindful of potential disasters that could affect your home, take preventative measures against them, and be prepared if they strike.
There are several potential scenarios that can cause a water damage catastrophe. We’ve covered them at length in many of the posts in our archives, but the list includes:
- Ice dams
- Clogged gutters
- Frozen pipes
- Leaky Pipes
Some steps you can take to prevent these water damage catastrophes are:
- Removing excess snow from your roof
- Cleaning your gutters
- Having pipes and plumbing inspected
- Leaving your heat on at all times, including extended trips away from home
Taking these precautions, however, don’t guarantee a water damage catastrophe won’t occur.
In the event of a water damage catastrophe, it’s important to remember time is of the essence. Every minute that goes by can lead to problems with increasing complexity and severity.
Fortunately, ServiceMaster by ARTec provides quick response services. Just call (610) 626-9002, and we’ll be on site as soon as possible to remedy the situation and bring your Philadelphia, PA, home back to its pre-loss state.