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5 Steps To Mitigate A Water Damaged Ceiling

4/9/2021 (Permalink)

Ceiling damage to a home garage in Blue Ridge GA. Contact us today for any ceiling water damage repairs!

Ceiling water damages need to be mitigated quickly.

One night you're at home resting in the living room with your favorite beverage, having a relaxing, lovely evening. As you lay back against the sofa, stretch out a little, and raise your eyes to the ceiling, and notice a bulging, brown patch on your white ceiling.

Your first thought is wondering what the cause could be and how to move forward. How can you possibly get rid of all ceiling water damage? What is the correct way to deal with a water damaged ceiling? 

If you are currently in this position, then this blog post is for you. The Blue Ridge water damage professionals at SERVPRO have the answers to all of your questions. Read on!

5 steps to mitigate ceiling water damage

By following the following five steps, you can minimize any water damage caused by a leak and move on to the restoration process. Mitigation happens before restoration takes place. Check out this post to learn more about the difference between mitigation and restoration. 

The five steps:

  • Step 1: Prevent Further Damage

As soon as you notice the ceiling water damage, remove the furniture from the damaged area and place a bucket or bowl on the floor to catch the water.

  • Step 2: Search for the source

Once that situation is stabilized, identify the leak's source. Is it coming from inside or outside the house? The timing of the leak is a good predictor of its source. If the leak only occurs when it is raining outside, then that is a clear sign that there is a roof leak.  

Leaks that arise continuously indicate that the leak originates from inside the property. Depending on the source, you might be able to stop it temporarily.

  • Step 3: Stop the leak

After the leak's source has been located, you will want to ensure that the leak does not become a recurring issue. Stopping the leak may mean calling a local roofing contractor to perform roof repairs or calling a plumber to perform pipe repairs.  

  • Step 4: Remove the Damaged Materials

Once the source of water damage is fixed, it is time to remove all the damaged material. Keep in mind that wet drywall can crumble; it is best to put down a plastic sheet to collect all the waste. All damaged materials should be placed in plastic bags for the trash. 

  • Step 5: Dry out the water damaged ceiling

The last step in the mitigation process is to dry out the water damaged ceiling. To properly dry out any size water damage, you will want to get help from IICRC certified water restorers. The accredited professionals will use advanced drying techniques to ensure your property is dried correctly.  

Avoiding mold damage

It's essential to call an expert as soon as you detect ceiling water damage because the sooner a specialist comes to assess the issue, the sooner the water damage issue will be fixed. Mold growth is typical when water is not adequately removed. 

Mold growth can start in the first 24-48 hours in ideal conditions that include moisture. If left untreated, mold will quickly spread throughout your house. Here are two signs of mold growth. 

  1. Musty odors (Mold will have a powerful, musty smell around the damaged area.)
  2. Visible mold growth (Brown, dark-green, or black)

Address the situation calmly

Ceiling leaks aren't fun, but you don't have to be distressed when they happen. When you have the proper knowledge, you can confidently take complete control of the problem and quickly develop a solution. Panicking will only slow things down, and you will not be able to temporarily fix the problem until professional help arrives. With that being said, it is best to address the situation calmly.

When to call SERVPRO

When a disaster occurs, one can only do just a little without the proper knowledge; It is always wise to seek professional help as soon as possible to avoid secondary water damages. The faster you get an expert's assistance, the faster you'll get rid of the problem. 

The professionals at SERVPRO are insurance preferred water restorers that have been serving Blue Ridge customers since 1967. If you want your everyday life to be normal again after you have suffered damage from leaks in your ceilings, then SERVPRO is the most reliable option for you.

4 Distinct Ways To identify Hail Damage

3/26/2021 (Permalink)

Hailstone in North Georgia field The larger the hailstone the more severe the damages to your property will be!

Hail damage affects many Georgia homeowners

In the US alone, high-speed winds and hail cost $15 billion last year. Hundreds of homes were destroyed causing many homeowner’s insurance claims. It is important to understand what to do when your property is affected by hail damage because hail damages affect just about everything exterior; your windows, siding, and roof are all susceptible to hail damage.

When inspecting hail damage, you may notice that some hail damage is apparent, such as a broken window or a dented vehicle. Although, other kinds of hail damage are unnoticeable and require a trained professional eye to detect. When you suspect that your property has had hail damage, you will need to have a hail damage inspection to determine the extent of the property damage. A professional will inspect all of the exterior parts of your property and provide an action plan to continue with any necessary repairs.

How does hail cause damage?

Hailstones can cause significant damage to houses, depending on the speed and size when they fall. Hail damage is one of the most common causes of a homeowner's claim every year. 

The growing popularity and the use of vinyl siding for house exteriors is one of the reasons for an increase in these claims. Vinyl siding's lightweight design, built to survive high winds, allows it to withstand most weather conditions. However, when massive, fast-falling hailstones strike the panels, the panels will chip or crack. Even minor hail storms may cause significant hail damage to the siding.

One of the more challenging types of hail damage to detect is roof hail damage. Roof hail damage is challenging to detect because it is not possible to see from the ground level. When a roof has hail damage, a home will be prone to roof leaks, water ingress, or shingle deterioration.

4 Ways to identify hail damage

There are some methods for determining whether or not to file a claim after a hailstorm. When it's safe to step outside, pay attention to the following signs that your house has been damaged:

  1. Downspouts and gutters that have been dented.
  2. Siding and window sills with buckling, dings, warping, and dents.
  3. Substantial or irregular gaps across or between siding layers.
  4. Damage to your patio cover or a wooden deck. 

What can hail damage?

You may see hail damage in the form of dents on a home's exterior, but it is not the only kind of hail damage there is. Like the shape, the damage can come in several different forms.

The size of hail damage will cause: 

  • The size of a quarter: Little exterior damage.
  • Half Dollar: Minor damage (Cracks)
  • Walnut: Dents wood, severe roof damage.
  • Golf Ball: Major exterior damage.
  • Tennis Ball: Severe damages to roofing, siding, and breaks windows. 

Does insurance cover hail damage?

Homeowners insurance will typically cover hail damage to the roof and other parts of your home. Hail storms can strike just about anywhere in North Georgia. If your home has been damaged by hail, you should seek professional help to determine the damage before filing a claim. The professionals at SERVPRO can help you check your policy for coverage restrictions and submit a homeowners insurance claim.  

SERVPRO hail damage professionals

Flood and storm damage can be extremely costly. You need to act quickly, and you need a company that has dealt with all types of storm damage. In the industry, SERVPRO is a renowned company, and it has been serving the clients of North Georgia since 1967. If you want your everyday work life to be normal again after you have suffered hail damage, SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties is the most reliable option for you. 

Our SERVPRO IICRC certified team is fully equipped with state-of-the-art tools and has over 20 years of experience restoring storm damage. Your property will be back in a "pre-disaster" state in no time. We offer 24/7 emergency services, meaning you can contact us at any time you need assistance!

What Causes Soot Webs On The Wall?

3/15/2021 (Permalink)

Black soot on hands after touching a soot web Contact the professionals at SERVPRO before trying to clean soot webs on your own!

After a fire breaks out, you may be left with soot webs.

Fire disasters can cause devastating consequences, and it is crucial to understand the impact of smoke damage. All fire damages result in smoke and soot damage. Soot consists of carbon particles that are released as a product of incomplete combustion. 

When there is a fire, the heat moves towards cooler surrounding areas as a phenomenon of atmospheric equilibrium. Thus, enabling the smoke and soot particles to circulate along with air to spread around the entire space. 

High vapor pressure forces these particles into closed and sealed spaces, creating newly formed soot chains, known as soot webs or soot tags. The development of soot webs may look like an initial consequence of prior existing spider webs, but that is false. Soot webs are formed entirely as a consequence of a fire disaster. 

What Are Soot Webs Made Of? 

Soot webs are created as a product of improperly combusted carbon particles following a fire disaster. The development of soot webs is facilitated by air motion and thermal equilibrium. These soot webs resemble spider webs, except they form immediately after a fire, they appear darker, and they have a strong odor of oil present. 

How Do You Clean Soot Webs?

Soot webs can range from light to heavy and are often detected as dust that reappears even after being vigorously cleaned. It is noticed on hands as charcoal would when touched. Soot smears on the surfaces of walls when touched. Additionally, soot produces a lingering smell of smoke.

The cleaning of soot webs can be a highly challenging and daunting task. The first thing to do is to open doors and windows to ensure that there is sufficient ventilation. Turn off all fans and air-conditioners to prevent the spread of loose soot dust within the vents. 

To clean soot:

  1. Wear a multilayered face-mask or a respirator to avoid breathing in soot particle deposition.
  2. Effectively remove furniture uncovered in soot to prevent unnecessary deposition and contamination that could occur while the soot webs are cleared.
  3. Begin the soot cleaning by vacuuming in and around the walls and surfaces covered in soot or soot webs. This will eradicate the loose dusty soot and leave the adherent particles intact.
  4. Follow this step by wiping the area with a special chemical sponge. 

When to contact SERVPRO

Cleaning soot webs calls for attention to urgent damage restoration by professionals to efficiently clean up these soot webs and clear up all closed and sealed spaces. Soot adheres to multiple surfaces and is notorious for leaving permanent stains if not tended to immediately. 

The entire process is tedious and can be extremely hard to manage without adequate equipment and training. 

The professionals at SERVPRO specialize in damage restoration and cleaning up of all devastating consequences following a fire disaster. The highly trained workers at SERVPRO will make sure to restore your place in a good-as-new condition. 

Contact us today if you have any questions about our soot web cleaning process. We are available 24/7 to answer your questions!

Is Your Business Prepared for a Fire?

3/14/2021 (Permalink)

How prepared are you? Do you have a fire escape plan for your business? A fire can spread quickly, leaving only minutes to escape. Having a plan in place prior to an emergency will allow you and your employees to exit quickly in the event of a fire. We at SERVPRO can help you plan for a fire or other emergency by creating an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) for your facility. The ERP is a comprehensive document containing critical information about your business, including: emergency contact information, shut-off valve locations and priority areas. The ERP is a no-cost assessment. All it requires is a little time, making it a great value that could save a lot of time in the future. Call us at 706-896-1880 or 706-273-7776 to schedule an appointment to begin your ERP.

Its the Small Things

3/9/2021 (Permalink)

Have you ever heard the old adage that great things come in small packages.  I believe that’s true.  In fact, most of the time, it’s the small things that make life so very special.

As a marketing rep at SERVPRO, I find it’s the small things that make this job so great.  Riding in the Christmas parade and seeing all of your friends waving back at you is not a grand and huge undertaking but it surely is fun!  Decorating a Christmas tree at the Chamber of Commerce is not a huge deal, but it gives you a great sense of satisfaction when it’s done. 

This week I had the opportunity to perform a very small task but it gave a great sense of accomplishment to many folks and for me completed another satisfying day at the job.  I took a ride yesterday and delivered Continuing Education certificates to the participants of our 2 classes this past month.  When I walked in the door with an envelope, they immediately began to smile because they knew what I had for them.  And each of them were so complimentary and gracious in their remarks about SERVPRO and how appreciative they were that our company believes in reaching out beyond our “walls” and providing this service. 

And so thank you SERVPRO for giving us a great opportunity to provide for our insurance agents.  Thank you for the opportunity to build into our community and to make it better!  Thank you to our team who made this possible – our crew who set up, our operations manager who was instrumental in paperwork, etc., our franchise owners who are always behind this great task and our instructor who hit a grand slam.

After all, it’s the small things.......

It's a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

3/9/2021 (Permalink)

It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood, a beautiful day for a neighbor. Would you be mine? Would you be mine?

There was a movie created that celebrates the life and legacy of Mr. Rogers.  It’s starring Tom Hanks and my understanding is that he does an outstanding job representing this kind and gentle man who built his life into our children through the wonderful avenue of television.  While I’ll even bet that the jingle is still playing in your mind and you hear the train whistle and bell clanging as it rounds the corner.

While we think of the music, the sweater, the tennis shoes and the train coming around the bend, we can also think of our company, SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin and Gilmer counties.  After all, I believe that’s why we are in business.  Day after day, we receive multiple calls asking us to rescue those who are in need.  Sometimes it’s dealing with water, flooding, frozen pipes, and mold and then sometimes, it’s dealing with the heartbreaking losses of fire and smoke damage.  I’ve experienced this trauma myself and can speak firsthand of the devastation that goes with it and I would never wish that on anyone.  Many people look at it as a job where I see it as a ministry.  Along the way of reassuring our customers that they are in excellent hands we can even make it "Like it never even happened."  And we can encourage them emotionally and spiritually as well.  Isn’t this a great job?!

So I’m starting my day with a little jingle, “please won’t you be my neighbor?”

5 Important Questions To Ask When Choosing The Right Restoration Contractor

2/26/2021 (Permalink)

Restoration contractors drying property after water damage Contact the restoration contractors at SERVPRO!

Not all restoration companies are the same.

Have you recently undergone water damage at your property? To be safe from getting the run around from many restoration contractors, there are specific questions you can ask for picking out the perfect restoration contractor for services. In order to get long term results, your service provider must be detail-oriented and certified. Your main goal should be to hire a company that can quickly repair the damaged area of concern and get rid of the source of the problem to avoid a future loss.

The following questions are designed to aid you in picking out the perfect service for water restoration:

Is the restoration contractor qualified?

You need to be well aware that many contractors take as many jobs as they possibly can. They hold making money and their business profit margins at a greater value than delivering high-quality work. 

Ensure that your restoration contractor is the best at their job and are reliable. 

Please do your homework about them beforehand. Carefully examine customers’ past experiences with them. Look at their portfolios, paying attention to testimonials and reviews from past clients. You can also go further ahead by requesting a customer list of references so that you can get in touch with them directly. Every contractor works differently, and you ought to always pick out the best company for your home or business water damage repairs.

Can the restoration contractor handle all of the repairs? 

Just like any other service provider business, every company that delivers restoration services may not be able to cater to every issue regarding your home insurance claim. Some restoration vendors may only have expertise in water cleanup or fire mitigation services; some might only deal with mold remediation. To ensure the best possible experience, try working with a provider that deals with everything restoration related, from beginning to end. Let us dive into common circumstances a homeowner would find themselves in:

Roof Leaks

Several situations, sometimes natural, sometimes not, can deteriorate a roof. Your water restoration contractor must be capable enough to diagnose and spot the exact source from where the penetration of water is happening. Repairing the problems would include:

  • Finding the intrusion of water and take care of the leaking roof
  • Inspecting for damage in walls, floors, or ceilings and take care of any repairs 
  • Mold remediation services
  • Re-insulating walls, floors, and ceilings
  • Drywall repairs

When faced with water damage, you should get in touch with a provider familiar with the process and service of remediation. The restoration contractor should also be capable enough to carry out the repairs for home construction efficiently.

Pipe Bursts

A common result of the freezing temperatures can cause a pipe to freeze cold and burst. A pipe burst can result in a home being left with a flood. Pipe burst damages can be massive if they are not looked noticed quickly. Additionally, if the water leak managed to occur on a

the upper story of the house, the restoration damage will be much worse.

Once again, the contractor must have a tight grasp of the following services.

  • Repairing the pipes that might be broken 
  • Inspect for damage to the structure of the home and make required repairs
  • Re-insulate all ceilings and walls 
  • Replace and repair drywall

The repairing process starts by first diagnosing, then mitigating the water intrusion immediately. You will want to hire a contractor that is available 24/7 and has expertise in all the services mentioned. In case of a pipe breaking, the 24/7 available contractor can show up immediately, decreasing the repairs’ cost.

Is the restoration contractor within budget? 

We are well aware that sudden expenses are stressful. One might need to take out money from a savings account. The best-case scenario is that your insurance company will handle the cost. The restoration contractor you choose should have experience working with insurance claims to ensure you get what you desire.

Does the water restoration vendor know mold remediation?

It is possible that the water damage claim will require mold remediation. However, if mold remediation is required, it should be ensured to be done thoroughly. Things will continue to get worse if the restoration contractor is not competent enough to diagnose the origin or fails to remove the mold growth effectively.

It is best to ensure that the restoration contractor you choose has experience dealing with a mold infestation. An IICRC certified mold specialist will know the meat remediation practices so that the mold is not exposed to any other areas of the property. 

Is the restoration company detailed-oriented?

Getting repairs to your home or business requires top quality service. The company hired to perform the job for you must be very detail-oriented. The restoration service should ensure that all risks are eliminated.

Hire the restoration professionals at SERVPRO

The professionals at SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties have all the qualifications and certifications. SERVPRO will deliver detailed-oriented work no matter what kind of restoration services you may need. SERVPRO is a preferred insurance vendor known to provide high-quality work “Like it never even happened.”

Common Damages Caused by Wind in North Georgia

2/12/2021 (Permalink)

Property in north Georgia damaged by wind Contact the SERVPRO storm damage professionals today!

Damages to our property will depend on how fast the wind is blowing.

For homeowners insurance purposes, it is essential to know that the extent of the damage caused by wind is determined by the wind's speed that caused the damage. Wind speed reaching a minimum of 50mph can cause catastrophic damage. Wind speeds that exceed 50-60mph can lead to substantial destruction to the landscaping and a property's infrastructure. 

Here' a more detailed break down:

  • Wind speed of 45-57mph is considered non-severe and is associated with slight damage. These wind speeds can break tree branches and cause loose shingles to a roof.
  • A faster wind speed of 58-74mph is categorized as severe. It can cause damage to trees by uprooting them, rip off shingles and lead to a damaged chimney.
  • Wind speed between 78-89mph can lead to devastating roof damage in commercial and residential properties buildings.
  • Wind speeds that exceed a speed of 90mph will cause severely significant damage.

Some of the most common damages are associated with winds faster than 50mph and include the following:

  • The uprooting of trees inevitably ends up blocking roadsides and making it nearly impossible to drive on the roads safely. 
  • Broken tree trunks and debris fly with tremendous energy and impact housing structures and vehicles along the way. 
  • Significant rooftop damage
  • Broken chimneys, windows, gutters, collapsed exterior walls, and blocked drainage systems causing water ingress
  • Damaged air-cooled condensing units and outdoor heat pump units.

What is wind?

Wind is known as the movement of air. It is further categorized into a few other types based on their speed, the type of forces that cause them, and the location they occurred. A faster and stronger wind is associated with a great degree of damage. Infrastructure damages caused by wind can impact roofs, decking, exterior structures, gutters, drainage systems, vehicles, etc. 

Gutter damage caused by wind

Wind can cause some degree of damage to gutters, especially to gutter systems that are improperly installed or old. Their shape, angle, and vertical alignment enable them to easily pop out of place. Windblown debris can further blow into the gutters with incredible velocity and cause impact, leading to impairment. Furthermore, larger objects and broken tree trunks can contact the gutter system and dislodge the gutter. 

Vehicle damage caused by wind

Damage to vehicles is also commonly seen in storms with strong winds. The damage to the vehicles is generally due to falling bricks or roofing tiles from high wind speeds. Sometimes, a flying tree branch, an uprooted tree, or a detached electrical pole can fall and cause significant harm to the vehicle. 

Roof damage caused by wind

Significant rooftop damage is the most common structural damage caused by strong winds. The rooftop damage can be caused primarily by the wind and aggravated by other associated factors such as broken tree limbs, detached billboards, and electrical poles. Rooftop damage is identified by missing shingles, dislodged roofing systems, and punctures in the roof. 

SERVPRO storm damage professionals

It is crucial to fix damage caused by storms as soon as possible to lessen the probability of permanent damage and to avoid secondary damages. The professionals at SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties provide a highly trained team with excellent resources that can cater to any size of the damage and will resolve and reverse the damage done.

What To Do When A Concrete Water Tank Leaks

1/29/2021 (Permalink)

Commercial concrete water tank Call the water damage professionals at SERVPRO when your commercial property is hit by water damage.

Your commercial property is at risk when a concrete water tank is damaged.

Concrete water tanks have become famous due to their cheap building materials and accessibility. However, durable concrete might be, it can’t last forever. When leaking concrete water tanks appear, you’ve got a problem on your hands.

Small leaks can cause more significant damage if they’re left unnoticed and unattended. They can increase in frequency or cause larger leaks. 

Leaking concrete water tanks in commercial buildings waste large amounts of water and can increase the company’s costs. If you want to avoid such problems, seek professional help as soon as there’s a water problem. Any sign of a leak is enough to contact a professional, so you avoid the additional costs associated with the leakage.

What is a concrete water tank?

Concrete water tanks store water. The design is dependent on where the water is stored; for example, underground and above-ground tanks have different structures. 

These tanks come in various shapes and sizes, but most are rectangular or circular. Elevated tanks sit high above the ground, and underground tanks reside in the building’s base. 

All concrete tanks are tough and durable. Leaking concrete water tanks are a problem that requires immediate attention. 

Concrete water tank damage

Over time a concrete water tank can develop various cracks. These cracks could result from the concrete contracting in extreme weather or the shifting of the tank. 

Cracks are one of the significant causes of a leaking concrete water tank. The leak will cause the water to drain away, and there’s a chance for bacteria to build in the crack. This water could become dangerous, resulting in significant health problems. 

A professional repairs cracks through a cement liner and patch. 

Fixing the leak

These are the steps the SERVPRO professionals take to solve your leaking concrete water tank issue. These will help prevent further damage: 

Step 1. Measure the tank

Firstly, we measure the concrete water tank before repair. This measurement affects the size of the tank liner. 

Step 2. Unload the tank 

It is crucial to empty and clean the water tank before repairing the leakage. Once no water remains, we will check whether there is any dirt or cracks in it. Experts will remove loose concrete or debris instantly. There will be time given for the tank to dry, and nobody should put tools directly into the cracks. 

Step 3. Repair the first layer

Once the tank has dried, a concrete binding agent will be brushed on the first layer, focusing on the affected area around the crack. 

Step 4. Create the cement solution

A concrete solution is made and applied to the walls of the tanks. The cement solution will have a moist, dirt-like consistency. We will check if cement is sticking to the surface—this is a crucial part of repairing the leakage. 

Step 5. Fixing liner into the tank

In this step, the tank’s exterior is coated with epoxy, and the liners are installed inside. These linings help the water from being polluted with bacteria. They also extend the life of your tank and prevent leaks and erosion. 

Step 6. Final step

The final step in repairing the leaking concrete water tank is adding holes in the concrete walls, injecting the epoxy, and letting it dry. This process reinforces the liner’s edges and provides a perfect finish. After this, refill the tank without leakage.

Commercial restoration professionals

Leaking concrete water tanks have the potential for creating larger water damage issues. Quick action will ensure that you minimize the risk of more extensive repairs down the line.

Whenever your property suffers water damage, there’s a risk of mold, bacterial growth, and more significant structural damage.

Whatever hazard hits your business, SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties is here for you. At SERVPRO, we have professional IICRC certified restoration technicians who will provide critical support and mitigate water damage, including leaking concrete water tanks. Efficient and fast clean up is crucial. Our commercial restoration specialists can help your business get in pre-disaster condition and fully operational.

What To Do When A Sink Trap Leaks?

1/27/2021 (Permalink)

Well functioning kitchen sink  Common kitchen water damages are caused by sink trap leaks.

A leaking pipe can be tough to navigate; let the professionals help

The pipe below your kitchen sink is called a sink trap. The purpose of a sink trap is to allow the water to flow and reach the sink tap. However, these pipes can easily cause water damage to your entire kitchen when not properly maintained. The good thing is that these pipes are designed to be easily changeable to keep you from suffering from a pipe burst or sink trap leak. 

In this blog post, you will learn the importance of fixing a leaking sink trap and the common causes why a sink trap may leak. 

A leaking sink trap can cause severe water damage

The leakage of a sink trap isn't similar to the leak from the pressurized water pipe. A leaking sink trap can cause major damages unless you notice pooling at the base of your cabinet early on. 

If a sink trap leak goes unnoticed for a long period, it will increase your water bill. An expensive water bill is not the only thing to worry about; if you do not notice the leak quickly, it can cause mold growth. 

Mix water damage with mold, and you can be certain that there will be structural damages to your home showing in the form of discoloration and stains. Be mindful that structural damage can decrease the value of your home as well.

Common causes of sink trap leaks

The most crucial thing when dealing with a leaking sink trap is to know the primary cause. Here are some common causes of a sink trap leak:

  • Loose connections

If a P-Trap causes leakage, it probably is due to a loose connector that needs tightening. If this is the case, you need to get the appropriate size wrench and tighten the loose connection.

  • Damaged O rings

Another common cause of a sink trap leak is the displacement of an O ring. Sometimes, the O ring moves out of its correct position, causing a leak. If the O ring happens to be out of place, then unscrew the two joining pieces and place them back together and ensure that the O ring is in the right place. Follow the same process if the O rings are worn out. Unscrew the trap and replace the old O ring. 

  • Corrosion

Plumbing systems that haven't been maintained for years might be affected by rust or corrosion. Rust and corrosion can eat away the pipes and cause a sink trap leak. 

  • Temperature changes

Sudden changes in the extreme water temperature can cause the water pipes to expand or contract. These radical changes from too hot to too cold can result in the pipes cracking, which will lead to water leakage. In such a case, make sure your sink traps are prepared for unexpected temperature changes. 

  • Water pressure

Excess water pressure can destroy your water traps and eventually your house. If your traps are being strained with a pressure they can't withstand, they will leak. Contact a plumbing professional to help lower the water pressure to your property. 

Call the water damage pros for water damage repairs

If you happen to wake up one morning and find water on your kitchen floor, you need to call the professionals at SERVPRO ASAP! SERVPRO understands the worry and distress a water leakage can cause. 

When an IICRC certified water damage professional shows up to your property, they will start by locating the water damage source and then proceed with water mitigation services. For plumbing issues, they will ensure that the pipes are properly working to ensure secondary water damages don't occur.

SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties is a preferred water restoration vendor that provides the best team of heroes to repair any size water damage.