Handling Water Damage Upstairs
Water damage can occur anywhere, and articles have been written ad nauseum about upstairs water problems. What many of us fail to remember however, is that left alone, upstairs problems will eventually become downstairs problems as well. Water loves to run downhill, and leaks or breaks that are left unchecked will in fact seek the lowest possible ground in your home (translation: downstairs). Therefore it is important to treat these upstairs water issues rapidly.
For starters, don’t preoccupy yourself with cleaning up the water. It is far more important to stem the tide, preventing yet more water from flowing into the home. Allowing the leak to continue just means more water in your home, and that includes the downstairs, which increases your repair bills, which doubles the headaches. Know where the shutoff valves are throughout the home and activate them as needed to stop the flow.
As mentioned in an earlier piece, when water does get down into the lower levels, it may cause ceilings to give and begin to sag. They will eventually give way under the weight of the water, so stay out of any room where the ceiling has been compromised. A sudden collapse of water and debris could prove devastating.
You can also determine if you have upstairs water damage through the presence of discolorations or stains on the downstairs ceiling and walls. Keep in mind that leaks may not be located directly above the stain, having the ability to run lengthwise along piping and other surfaces for some time before finally finding a place through which to drain downward.
Water running through your home, either horizontally or vertically, can have an effect on the electrical systems as well, so be sure to shut off the power until the problem has been dealt with, and do not handle any wiring or other components that have gotten wet. Water and electricity equal a big no-no, so keep that in mind.
As with all cases of water damage, mold becomes a problem if not dealt with promptly. It may hide among insulation, piping, or hard to reach support structures located in attics.
Problems like these almost always require the assistance of a qualified professional water restoration provider, someone who can properly diagnose the problem and administer a fi that is both proper and permanent. Restoration Local providers are available 24/7 and all work is guaranteed, which means you can be assured of a job done right the first time.