From pipes bursting to cracks in your sewer line or the dreadful overflow of a toilet, these scenarios are never anticipated. But the reality is water damage is one of the most common causes of damage in homes. Generally, they tend to be a result of plumbing or appliance failures but can also result from natural disasters like a severe rainstorm. Since not all water damage is covered in your home’s insurance plan, taking action on your own is a must!
In this post, we’re going to focus on one of the most common problems in homes that results in water damage and why timing can make a difference in the severity of water damage.
A Common Problem: Water Heater Failures
There are a couple of signs to look out for when it comes to water heater failures. For one, you may notice that it takes longer than usual for your water to heat up or there’s a complete lack of hot water. Over time, the sediment (mineral deposits in the tank that create a barrier between the burner and water) in your water tank will build up causing the heater to work harder and eventually fail. This creates the potential for a water leak.
Another sign to look out for is cloudy water. If you happen to notice that your tap water looks cloudy or murky, it could be a sign of a water heater failure. Since the mineral deposits in your water will eventually build up and create a blockage, it will affect the flow of water and with enough time, damage your pipes. Pipes with corrosion tend to result in a leak.
Why Timing is Important
Every minute matters when it comes to a leak or overflow of water. Unfortunately, we’re not being dramatic! The important thing to realize is that when toxic water sits on a surface, such as your carpet or hardwood floor, it will eventually begin to evaporate. This is known as secondary water damage. Secondary water damage happens when the moisture from the leak, flood, or however the water got there, begins to evaporate into the air. With time, that moisture will make its way into your carpet, hardwood floors, cabinets, or any other area it can reach. Then comes the worst. The moisture will sit and turn into mold. By this time, the water damage has gone from bad to worse. That’s why calling in a professional as soon you notice a leak or overflow is detrimental.
Contact Lariat Builders Group, Inc. in El Paso
If you find yourself with a broken water heater, pipe burst, leaking sewer line, or dealing with the aftermath of a clogged toilet or sink, give us a call! At Lariat Builders, we understand the importance of providing swift service when it comes to water damage to your home. Our goal is to help you eliminate the risk of costly damage. The sooner we arrive, the sooner we can help ensure that your personal belongings and the rest of your residence is safe. Please connect with us today to learn more.