Comprehensive Guide to Water Damage and Flooding


Comprehensive Guide to Water Damage

Many homeowners have asked us for information we put out there in our blogs and on resources page of our website. Please review this comprehensive guide to water damage and flood knowledge. If you have any questions not seen in this blog, please let us know in an email what your specific question might be related to water damage or flooding.

If you are seeking water damage services, we are available 24/7! One tip we can provide is to put our number in your phone (619-376-6838) for “Fire, Mold, and Flood Emergency” as we are here in San Diego to help for commercial or residential services. We cover all of San Diego County and have a portfolio of work from local San Diego suburbs such as La Jolla area, Rancho Bernardo, North Park, Poway, Oceanside and Carlsbad.

Section 1: Understanding Water Damage

Introduction to Water Damage

Water damage may not be the most wonderful topic, but we cover this because of the heavy costs and loss associated with in-home flooding and water damage. When most Americans consider their largest investment their homes, protecting them is of the utmost importance.

Water damage could easily lead to eroding away of the value of your home and transform a comfortable home into an unlivable health hazard. Take a look at previous coverage of “Water Damage Costs Restoration” as we discuss the cost of neglecting water damages and what water damage restoration looks like financially after insurance policies are reviewed.

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Early Signs and Prevention

Our team has been working 20 plus years to help homeowners to recover from flooding and water damage scenarios. We have seen so much damage and destruction of property, we know how problems can be prevented. The responsibility is on the homeowner to work to detect and when possible, prevent flooding or water damage.

The knowledge on prevention can be found in our many blogs on prevention techniques and leak detection content. Be sure to read the “Early Signs of Water Damage” for knowing what to look for in general, but also consider exploring “Water Damage Prevention Tips” and “11 Water Damage Prevention Techniques” for proactive maintenance tips.

Insurance and Water Damage

Homeowners insurance is priceless when it works for you, but often additional coverage may be needed. For more information on water damage and insurance, be sure to read our recent blog on “Water Damage Insurance Policy” blog. You may also want to consider reading about “Water Damage Homeowners Insurance” where we discuss tips for filing a claim.

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Section 2: Dealing with Water Damage

Residential Water Damage Tips

If you live in San Diego, water damage may be foreign to you because of the SoCal weather and lack of rain. We suggest reading “4 Most Useful Residential Water Damage Restoration Tips” to cover the basics. Also, we wrote a general blog on “Cleaning Water Damage Tips” with a focus on San Diego County home’s common water damage issues.

Specific Damage Areas

With water damage, it is important to move fast to avoid mold growth, wood rot, and other problems. If water damage is coming from above, taking action fast is essential! Flooding from the ceiling can destroy everything under the weight of water and shrapnel from the burst point when the ceiling gives out. It is important to read the “Ceiling Water Damage” blog. Also, dry wall, stucco and other areas can rapidly act as a conduit for spreading the damage to other adjacent home components susceptible to water damage. Wood flooring can also be a costly damage to ignore as the wood swells and buckles up creating a new hazard as your flooring is slowly destroyed by water damages.

Section 3: Floods and Cleanup

Flood Cleanup Procedures

Handling flood events is not a common skill for those living in San Diego County unless in the Mission Valley or a coastal region of San Diego. When you have a plumbing emergency or flooding, be sure to take action and call professionals in to help!

Some of the basic procedures for flood recovery have been covered in these “5 Post Flood Cleanup Procedures” blog. While we have many tips for “Preparing for First Rain for the Season in San Diego”, and prevention like “Weather Proofing to Prevent Water Damage” to help prevent weather-related flooding.

Specific Causes of Flooding

Here are some tips for in-home causes for flooding. One of the most common flood types caused by home appliances is the toilet! Read more about flood causes in our blogs “Toilet Caused Flooding” and “Broken Pipe Water Damage” for in-depth information on these flood types. You may want to review the section on water types on our blog “4 Most Useful Residential Water Damage Tips”, as in the home, you can have waste water flooding that requires professional attention.

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Section 4: Mold and Water Mitigation

Water Mitigation and Mold

The most common question we get is “Can Water Damage Cause Mold?” which is asked as if the homeowner is already in denial they know this fact. The simple answer is “Yes!” but further explained, water damage, moisture, and humidity are associated with mold growth development. Therefore, if you can prevent flooding, water damage, humidity and moisture, you are preventing the chances of mold. Also, for specific water mitigation tactics, read our services page on “Water Damages San Diego” discussing water damage restoration in the SoCal region.

Section 5: Additional Resources

External Equipment and Costs

Water damage restoration can be a hefty undertaking financially and physically. We have provided some resources for you to review that may impact the way you get the work done. Here are some details on “Water Damage Restoration Equipment” and “Water Damage Costs Restoration.

Learn About Water Damage Restoration Equipment in our comprehensive guide to water damage or water damage equipment blog.

Beyond the Comprehensive Guide to Water Damage

Various Water and Mold Damage Blog Resources

Here are some blogs that did not fit into the above sections of the comprehensive guide on water damage, but they are great resources for knowledge on the topics they cover. We added two articles on mold and microbial growths, these are also very complete guides on the unique topics.

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