What to do in the Event of...
Small roof or wall leaks from storm damage are usually a small problem, but they can progress into a much larger issue. Not addressing a small leak may allow moisture to accumulate, causing mold to form. It may also damage the interior of a wall, as well as insulation and the non-porous latex paint commonly used in home interiors.
Obviously, not every single incident involving water qualifies as an emergency, however any type of water incident can cause bigger problems. The majority of major problems arise from allowing a water damage to go untreated. If you are quick to dry the affected area out thoroughly and make sure there is no residual moisture left you will minimize the potential for bigger problems.
Say you have a small leak in your roof during a storm event that lets water into your home or business, there are a few things you can do to help minimize the damage until help can arrive, for instance:
- Use a shop vac to help remove standing water
- Use towels (shop towels, paper towels, or regular towels) to help absorb the water
- Put some air movement on the affected areas such as a ceiling fan or box fan
These tools and products are generally accessible in your home or office until the professionals of SERVPRO arrive to help assess the damages and complete the drying process.
Also, be sure to cut off the source of water to keep the damage from reoccurring if possible.
Leaks can be a real pain in the neck, especially once they grow into something more problematic. Fortunately, the trained water mitigation experts at SERVPRO of Chino/Chino Hills are available 24/7 to assist you if need be. Give us a call today at 909-548-3191.