Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Look Out for Flooding
Despite the persistent cold nights we've been experiencing lately in Southern California, summer is quickly approaching us once more. While the weather in our state is blessed with all the sun we can get with no trace of rain in sight most of the year round, flooding is still a possibility nonetheless. If anything, Southern California residents tend to take the possibility of flood damage lighter than the rest of the country due to our great weather. However, flooding can be caused by a number of other factors, some poised to wreak havoc when you least expect it.
With rain out of the equation, the vast majority of flooding scenarios are going to be caused by infrastructure problems, such as plumbing, slab leaks, and so forth. There are quite a few ways that an emergency flood situation can crop up: a pipe can burst unexpectedly in the middle of the night, wreaking havoc until someone notices in the morning. With this scenario, calling a flood damage technician out as quickly as possible will help mitigate further problems and potentially avoid mold growth and other related repairs that would be required should the water damage become more substantial. Drywall, flooring, carpeting... all of these can become potential problems when flooding happens.
Slab leaks are another potential issue, but these are far less obvious than pipe bursts. These are small, barely-noticeable cracks or holes in pipes that cause small amounts of water to leak into the underlying structure of a property over time. Since they can go for weeks or even months undetected, the damage caused by these can be rather severe. At the base level, water bills will be much higher when a slab leak is present, and the presence of water can cause musty or moldy odor to build up. This is also a precursor to mold growth if a slab leak occurs near drywall, and can also lead to floor or even foundation damage that may require substantial reconstruction work.
As always, it's the little things that we may not see or the things we least expect that can cause the biggest problems. When the weather gets hot and you think that you're high and dry, never forget that water can still pose a threat and that you should always be prepared for it. For the best flood damage service in the Inland Empire, call Superior Restoration at 951-708-1380 for 24 hour emergency service.