Our last four articles explored four of the most common reasons a property owner could suffer water damage but what is the MOST likely reason for water damage? Bad weather.
Here in Florida, the lightning capital of the world, bad weather can be a daily event. Ask a local and they will confirm that summer in Florida means rain, storms, and hurricane season. There is no escape from the weather extremes. The days can be unreasonably hot and humid only to have it rain. Unfortunately, the rain does not last long and it serves only to turn the day into an unfair and unwanted sauna as the rain visibly evaporates from the ground and hangs in the air. This constant wet expansion with heated compression wreaks havoc with roofing materials – and that is a good day.
When hurricane season hits… all bets are off. Hurricane season can severely test your property’s building codes with high winds, a LOT of rain, and constant battery from subsequent debris. While hurricanes CAN and DO spawn tornadoes… water spouts (tornadoes that occur over the ocean which usually dissipate when they reach land) are COMMON even in good weather. ANY such “weather anomalies” can damage your asset and create water damage.
The associated damage does NOT need to be severe or extensive, in fact, a small breach in the roof is all the water intrusion necessary to begin devaluing your asset. Even a tiny pinprick can allow water to start destroying your attic and your walls. Unfortunately, such minute pinpricks may not be known until well after the devaluation and destruction of your asset has been in effect for some time which can be, arguably, much more devastating then immediate and extensive damage.
Prevention is the best way to save your asset from damage. The next best is rapid response as the sooner the water source is identified and resolved, the less damage there is to restore. In the real world, however, the first two scenarios are rarely the norm. As such, the best way to return your property to the condition it was in before suffering water damage (its “preloss condition”), is to use a professional, independent water damage restoration company.
Only a professional, independent water damage restoration company has the education, experience, and equipment to completely restore your property to its preloss condition in a timely and customer focused manner. Simply removing the top level water is not enough to dry the core of the structure and may not enough to prevent future complications and microbial growth. You owe it to yourself to make sure your water damaged asset is handled by customer focused water damage professionals.