Water damage is the single largest problem facing Atlanta-area homes like those in Alpharetta and Sandy Springs. It can move all over and will begin to eat away at the house wherever it stops. There are many ways water can affect your house and controlling those can help the water from wreaking havoc on your house. If it does get in, we’re one of the top companies dealing with water damage mitigation in Sandy Springs and can help get your life back in order.
Water will most often infiltrate your house through the ceiling. Old, worn out shingles and roof systems don’t stop the water properly and water will exploit the tiniest hole. As the rain stops, the flow of the water does as well, but any that has gotten in will begin to decay the wood beams and roof supports. Over time this will weaken the roof and let more water in until the roof collapses. You should have your roof inspected on a regular basis and watch for any water spots that show up inside on the ceiling.
Don’t Forget Down
Another typical place for water to come in is through cracks in the foundation. This can be due to natural settling, but it can also be exaggerated by poor drainage around the house. Water from gutters and downspouts should be funneled far away from the foundation. Otherwise, the water will begin to either erode or compact the soil that supports the foundation. A visual inspection of the foundation walls should be done on a regular basis to make sure they aren’t getting bigger and that no new ones have appeared. It should also go without saying that you should watch for any signs of water coming through the cracks.
Check the Appliances
Other things most often associated with water leakage are the appliances hooked into the main water lines. Things like the supply line for the ice maker can develop a crack if it’s kinked and slowly leak water to the subfloor. This can wear down the floor making it less sturdy. Or, the supply hose going to the dishwasher or washing machine may wear out over time and burst from a sudden increase in pressure. This can send a river of water out into the house, soaking the floor, furniture, and everything else in the area. All of the hoses and shut offs for your appliances, including the hot water heater, should be inspected yearly to make sure all the hoses are in good condition.
You should always know where the shut off valves are for every water outlet in the house. You should know where the main shut off is as well. If you’re home when a pipe bursts, you can quickly shut the water off to minimize the damage. Our team of water removal experts can come in after and get your home dry and safe for your family.