If you are like most Americans, your home is your biggest investment, and you want to protect it from both natural and man-made hazards. Water damage in Orlando is one of the biggest threats to American homes. While storms, hurricanes, and floods can cause significant water damage, water can also enter your property via broken pipes, leaky dishwashers, overflowing washing machines, and cracks in the foundation or roof.

Not only does water corrode your home’s drywall, baseboards, and overall foundation, but it can ruin your furniture, upholstery, appliances, and electronics. Statistics reveal that 37% of homeowners claim monetary losses due to water damage. Experts from the insurance industry also believe that 98% of the basements in U.S. homes suffer some water-related damage during their lifetime.

Water damage is usually categorized into three major groups.

  1. Category 1 is also known as clean water. This form of damage is not harmful to the residents of the property and is commonly caused by overflowing sinks and broken appliances.

  2. Category 2, or grey water damage, is caused by broken toilets and sump pumps. The running water in the house may be contaminated with pathogenic bacteria that can make humans sick.

  3. Sewage problems and contamination of standing water can lead to Category 3 water damage. This can have a debilitating impact on the health and well-being of the residents of the property.

Water damage repair in Orlando is a lengthy and expensive process, however, there are several steps that homeowners can take to lower the risk of water damage.

  • Always elevate appliances. This will help protect your washing machine, dryer, refrigerator, and music system in case of a flood. Excessive water will not only saturate and ruin these devices, but it can also cause a dangerous situation with the electrical components of the machine.

  • Tighten faucets. All the taps in your kitchen and bathroom should be tightened. Check for leaks frequently and seek professional help to fix them quickly and efficiently should a faucet begin to leak.

  • Shut off supply valves. You should also turn off the supply valves to your washing machine, especially when you do not intend to use it for a long time.

Remember, water damage can occur in spite of preventive efforts. Do not handle noticeable water damage by yourself. Always seek the services of a professional.

FLA-CAT has been dealing with water damage for decades. Our trained technicians have the experience to assess and contain your home’s water damage. We will work tirelessly to ensure that the water damage does not spread to other parts of your home. You will save time, money and effort. You will also enjoy the benefits of a job well done.
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