Emergency Water Damage Repair
Water damage is a common occurrence for homeowners and it can cause issues running from paint damage to affecting the structural integrity of your home. Though there are many reasons for water damage, the most likely areas in your home that will see damage include ceilings, kitchens, walls, and your basement.
As a locally owned and operated water damage restoration company for over 30 years, Abbotts Fire and Flood of San Diego has encountered many different water damage scenarios – from exploding water heaters, burst water pipes, and drainage line cracks to major floods and water damage losses caused by water main breaks.
Common Signs of Water Damage
Not all water damage is immediately evident. Although you may notice damage after a severe storm, some types of moisture issues occur over the course of several months. The following are the most significant signs of water damage:
- Peeling and cracking: Peeling and cracking paint on the walls and ceilings are a significant sign that water damage has occured. You could also notice discolored paint since water can stain wall paint.
- Flooring water damage: Another sign to look for is the warping of flooring materials due to water exposure. Flooring water damage can actually go unnoticed for some time if the spot is located in the corners of a room or against a wall.
- Unexplained high water bills: If your water bill surges for no apparent reason, it could mean there’s a leak causing underlying water damage.
- Sagging or moldy walls: Any notable sagging in parts of the walls or ceiling is a sign that you need water damage repair services. Before mold is located, you may smell a distinct moldy scent or experience allergy symptoms due to mold exposure.
- Running water sounds: If you hear the sound of water running and can’t find the source, chances are there’s a significant leak that needs to be addressed immediately to prevent further water damage.
Our Water Damage Repair Services
After your home has been damaged by water or flooding, the need for repairs will be assessed. Repairs may be minor, such as replacing drywall and installing new carpet, or may entail more complicated work, such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.
Our comprehensive water damage repair services in San Diego include:
- Detailed inspection of water damage
- Xactimate estimate for repairs
- Drywall repair and restoration
- Flooring repair and restoration
- Basement repair and restoration
Trust Abbotts for Your Water Damage Repair Needs
We know that dealing with property damage can be confusing and frustrating. Our team will work with you every step of the way to minimize the disruption of our water damage repair services and get you back to normal as quickly as possible. Contact us today for your water damage repair needs!
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Water Damage Repair FAQs
How does water damage a home?
As soon as water creeps in, your carpets may get stained and your photographs, books and other paper goods may start to bulge and warp. If the water is black water, like from sewage, anything the water touches immediately becomes a potential biohazard.
Within 24 hours after your home has been exposed to water, it will begin to cause damage. This is when drywall begins to bulge and break, furniture begins to swell and crack, and metal surfaces begin to tarnish. After 48 hours, your home will experience growth and spread of mold and mildew. The doors, windows, and wood flooring may swell and warp, and metal may begin to rust and corrode.
It’s important to call a water restoration company as soon as you notice a leak, flood, or other signs of water damage. Drying and cleaning the area immediately will prevent costly and more serious issues.
How much does it cost to fix water damage in a house?
How much your water restoration costs really depends upon the extent of damage. Abbotts uses Xactimate® which independently establishes pricing guidelines. Xactimate® pricing is recognized and accepted as an industry standard by many of the largest insurers and a majority of all insurers.
Every item performed on your restoration project is listed in detail and agreed upon by you as well as your adjuster so that there are no surprises. Deviations from the established pricing are documented for review and approval.
How can we help speed the repair of my home or business after a storm or flood?
Before you exit your home, turn off the power and remove your valuables. Determine what is salvageable and throw away anything that is too damaged or no longer safe to use.
The first thing to do is call a professional restoration company like Abbotts. Professionals can immediately assess the extent of the damage and what repairs need to happen. If possible, water damage restoration should start 24-48 hours after you’ve been cleared to re-enter your home.
Can I clean up and dry out the water damage myself?
It depends on the type of water you’re dealing with and the extent of the damage. If you’re dealing with black water, which comes from sewers or flooding from a nearby body of water, do not try to clean up this type of water on your own, as it can harbor all kinds of highly infectious organisms and other health hazards. Smaller leaks with clean water (such as from leaky pipes or a roof leak) may be possible to clean up yourself.
If you’re unsure about the type of water you’re dealing with, play it safe and call in a professional.
Do I have to wait for an Insurance Adjuster to arrive before calling a professional water damage restoration company?
Typically, you don't have to wait for the adjuster to come out. The field adjuster will normally come out two or three days after you file a claim. But as the homeowner, you have the option to make that decision.
Will water damage to my property cause a mold outbreak?
Mold can grow after water damage within just 48 hours. Even a minor plumbing leak can lead to mold growth if you're not watching the situation carefully. To avoid any type of mold growth, t’s important to begin the drying and restoration process as soon as you notice a water leak or flood in your home or business.