Finding water damage, especially in your bathroom, is not a pleasant sight to see. It’s that unique place in your home where you get yourself refreshed, regain your positive energy or simply enjoy some privacy as you relax in a fragrant wash-tub.
Summer is over now. We are well into Autumn and the weather is cooling down. It’s the perfect time to think about what we can do to stop any water damage before the next wet season. But it’s not just the heavy downpours that come from storms that can cause disastrous water damage within our homes, what about the slow steady leaks that could be occurring at any time?
A ruptured water pipe is something people usually associate with extremely cold conditions in the middle of winter. As pipes freeze in the cold and then thaw out as the temperature rises, they can in fact leak and burst. Depending on where you live, ruptured pipes can happen at any time of the year. It won’t always be a pipe that’s easily accessible that ruptures; many times pipe fractures will take place inside of walls where it can go undetected for days, weeks or even months!
There are many reasons that water damage can occur in your home or place of business. Floods, heavy rain, plumbing mishaps, burst pipes, leaking roofs and guttering, or even faulty appliances such as washing machines can cause flooding. Water damage problems should be attended to as quickly as possible in order to stop the source, repair the issue and stop any further problems from arising down the track.
When disaster occurs and a fire strikes a home or business suddenly, what trails thereafter is a lengthy and emotionally taxing process in its wake. When you are standing face-to-face with damaged valuables, ash, soot and smoke damage, figuring out your next steps can definitely feel somewhat overwhelming. When considering the path ahead see our tips below.
What is rising damp?
Rising damp occurs when excess moisture from the ground absorbs up into porous building materials such as stone, brick, earth, mortar and into the structure of the building. The moisture evaporates from either face of the wall, allowing more to be drawn from below. Rising damp is common in older buildings, but can also occur in more modern buildings if your damp-proof course has been damaged.
What does mould need to grow?
Keeping mould from growing in your home is really important for the health of you and your family. The first step in keeping mould under control in your home is discovering what areas and conditions are best for mould growth. Mould spores thrive and multiply in moist wet conditions. How does mould grow? Mould grows easily when moisture and humidity are present. Mould spores search for a damp surface in your home so that they can begin to grow and thrive.
There are many reasons a home can be flooded – flash flooding from a blocked street drain, heavy rain, river banks bursting due to king tides, plumbing mishaps and damaged pipes that fail. All of which can cause mild to severe water damage in your home. One of the first things to be affected is your flooring, and carpets are not cheap to replace!