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Water Damage from Plumbing Failures

6/4/2016 (Permalink)

Plumbing Service Call To Stop a Leak

Taking Care of Leaks Needs To Include Drying Out a Damaged Area

Even in Westwood, water damage occurs daily from plumbing failures. The large disasters are easy to spot and fix, but it is the small failures that can lead to just as much property damage and cost over time.


When a water main breaks or a sewer pipe collapses, the effects are immediate and immediately known to everyone around. Flooding happens, property is soaked, and the smell quickly gets into everything. City officials call their response teams, and homeowners call us here at SERVPRO of Westwood-West Beverly Hills.

Many homeowners though ignore small incidents until it is too late. For example, a leaky faucet is easily fixed within a few hours after it's noticed. In most cases, the plumber comes in and tightens things up or replaces a washer. What gets missed in the success of stopping a leak is 'where did the water go'. Most plumbers are not concerned about standing water unless they have to kneel or lay down in it. It is, after all, your home and you are responsible for the environment that person will work in.

The same situation happens with a broken water line to a dishwasher or a clothes washer. Once the water stops spraying out from a pipe or broken coupling, it's easy to think that all you have to do is lay down a few towels, and that's it. Perhaps that's true for the first time, but Los Angeles water damage effects are cumulative.

When water is removed quickly, it will not show an effect on the paint. There is no 'high water mark' like you have after an extensive flood. The other side of that piece of trim is not painted however and will absorb a much larger amount of water. This unequal water absorption also applies to any studs and other lumber that are behind a wall or underneath a bathroom or kitchen sink.

This is why drying out an area that has had standing water, even for just an hour or two, is so important. There is no one better to take care of this than SERVPRO of Westwood-West Beverly Hills.

If you have had several leaks in the same area of your home and are worried about the long-term effects of water damage in Los Angeles, call our offices today at 310-390-7540. Our technicians will schedule an inspection convenient to your schedule. Once on-site, our inspector will quickly let you know if you may have a problem and how to resolve it.

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