The official start of spring brings warmer temperatures and often milder weather conditions. However, melting snow and spring rain showers can lead to water, mold and flood damage. Your home or business may have experienced damage during the winter. Now is the time to repair the damage your property may have sustained and pay attention to water-related damage that may appear throughout spring.
Look for signs of water damage in your home. Water damage is not always obvious so it’s important to keep an eye out for it, especially this time of year. The indicators can occur both inside and outside of your home.
- Walk the outside of your home and look for pooling water. Downspouts should divert water away from your home.
- While you’re outside, check gutters, roof doors and windows for damage or any gaps that water could seep through.
- Start indoors by looking for warped or cracked hard flooring.
- Water spots on your ceilings and walls are sure signs of water damage.
- Look under your sinks for warping and discoloration.
- Soft spots in your floors near toilets, bathtubs, sinks, dishwashers and washing machines are also an indicator.
Even small amounts of moisture can cause mold growth. If you find water damage in your home, you most likely also have mold damage. Use the following tips to find mold in your home. It’s not always obvious.
- Visible mold is usually just the tip of the iceberg. If you see mold spores, always investigate further and contact a professional mold damage restoration team.
- Your sense of smell can be a useful tool. Take note of damp or mildew smells.
- A lingering cold or flu can be a sign of mold.
- If you experience respiratory or breathing issues, you might have a mold problem in your home.
The combination of snowmelt and spring rain can lead to flooding. Even a few inches of water can cause very expensive damage. Use the following flood damage prevention tips.
- Consider buying flood insurance. Floods usually aren’t covered in a typical homeowner’s insurance policy.
- Create a disaster plan with your family. Decide on meeting places, communication and assign responsibilities.
- Keep digital copies of your important documents like birth certificates, insurance plans and social security cards. Protect the originals by placing them in a waterproof container on a high shelf.
- Pay close attention to weather warnings and follow directions issued by the National Weather Service.
- When a flood occurs bring outdoor furniture indoors, roll up rugs, secure breakables and place electronics and sentimental items in a waterproof container on a high shelf.
- Evacuate when instructed to, never drive through flooded streets and only return to your home once authorities have given an all safe.
ServiceMaster of Tacoma has been serving our local community for 38 years. We care about our neighbors. That’s why we stand for the highest quality standards possible all year long. Contact us to restore your peace of mind. We’re available 24/7 for emergency restoration services. When you need water damage restoration from Seattle to Tumwater, you can count on us. The quicker you call the more damage we can prevent.
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