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Steps to Water Mitigation

3/9/2021 (Permalink)

Closeup of a rusty and leaking water heater in Acworth, GA A leaking water heater can cause your home to flood.

Steps to Water Mitigation

One common cause for a flooded home that not many people think about is a leaking water heater. Water heaters sometimes contain up to 80 gallons of water, not to mention if the water is leaking from an incoming pipe. This much water can cause a tremendous amount of damage very quickly. Fortunately, water damage mitigation companies in Acworth, GA can help you with this problem.

The first thing a remediation or mitigation company will perform is a thorough inspection of the water-damaged area. This includes:

  • Looking at the failed water heater
  • Looking for broken pipelines
  • Turning off water
  • Assessing the damage
  • Taking pictures for your insurance or warranty company.

The company will make a thorough report of all the damages they can see and some that might develop.

Removal and Drying
The next thing they will begin is removing damaged items, including your leaking water heater, drywall and flooring. Then they will begin the drying process. This process is done with fans, heaters, pumps, dehumidifiers, air scrubbers and other drying devices. They might also use protective measures such as capping off pipes that might be leaking or repairing cracks.

Decide What's Next
After the removal and drying phase, it is up to you and the company you hire to decide what is next. Obviously, replacing your broken water heater will be on the list, but you will also need to replace drywall, flooring and anything else that was damaged. This can involve a considerable amount of work.
Another issue is mold and mildew remediation. Anytime water is involved, this is a possibility. Most remediation and mitigation companies are well versed in taking care of these problems.
Unfortunately, a leaking water heater can cause extensive damage to your home and property. This is something that should be fixed as quickly as possible before it can cause more damage. Mitigation and remediation companies can help provide you with a comprehensive plan to make things right.

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