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Why Clogged Drains Leak and Cause Water Damage

All Nation Restoration is well aware of the disruption and anxiety involved in water damage in Austin and Waco, TX. Homeowners and businesses served by All Nations Restoration can continue life as normal because All Nation Restoration handles all the hard work and heavy lifting. The team’s great attitude, high skill level, and outstanding customer service set the bar high in the service industry. To ensure customers receive the best the property damage industry has to offer, All Nation Restoration provides up-to-date training, advanced technology, and innovative techniques to its staff in order to custom fit the service to the client’s needs, including water damage restoration.

Many homeowners associate damaging water leakage with broken or leaky water supply lines such as are found on washing machines, dishwashers, and ice makers. This connection makes sense because supply lines are under pressure at forty to fifty psi, and a full leak at this pressure can surge seven to nine gallons per minute onto the floor. A leaking supply line can flood a room or even the whole home or business if not immediately and properly resolved.

Water leakage from clogged drain pipes can be a source of indoor water damage, as well. The damage from a clogged drain pipe is usually less dramatic than the damage that occurs from a spewing supply line. Nevertheless, drain pipes are a common source for water that slowly damages a home and may support mold growth. Drain clogs can trigger leaks in pipes connected to bathtubs, sinks, garbage disposals, and showers.

Water supply lines to washing machines, icemakers, dishwashers, sinks, and showers are under great pressure, but they are constructed to be durable, strong, and tightly sealed in order to hold up under constant internal water pressure. As a side note, typical washing machine supply lines that are not reinforced with steel sheathing are only rated to provide about five to seven years of trouble-free service. Many of these supply lines last much longer, giving the homeowner a false sense of security. However, homeowners forget about the possibility of a spontaneous rupture until it is too late. At this point, it is time to call a qualified water damage restoration and repair specialist.

Drain pipes and joints are constructed to transport water that flows under much less pressure than supply lines. As clogs develop, water backs up inside the drain pipe. The ongoing presence of standing water in the pipe may lead to leaks through the caulking and around the seals at threaded pipe joints.

When clogging is in process, standing water may be confined inside the drain pipes for extended periods of time, even weeks or months. This continuous presence of water increases the probability of corrosion on the internal walls of the pipe or other deterioration of the pipe material and joints.

When drainpipe clogs occur, homeowners often utilize very caustic chemical drain cleaners to dissolve and clear the clog. These harsh chemicals are corrosive, degrading, and compromising the integrity of the drain pipe material and often leading to leakage. Homeowners should be aware that these harsh chemicals may pool or settle in other areas of the drainpipe system, causing problems elsewhere in the system. An inexpensive and quick fix at the moment may result in an expense and time-consuming remedy in the future.

Frequently, house plans call for the drain pipes to be routed through areas of a structure that are not readily visible to the occupants. As a consequence, leakage from drain pipes may take place over a lengthy period of time before being discovered. During that time span, extensive damage can occur to the surrounding structure. Flooring can warp, buckle, or rot, and floor joists may warp or begin to degrade. Wall studs can warp and crack. Insulation may need to be replaced, and ceilings may show signs of sagging and mildew.

Mold growth may also be present. In all of the situations where water leakage occurs, mold infestation is highly likely. Mold loves dark, moist, and warm areas. A very slow drain pipe leak in the ceiling, walls, or under the structure over a period of weeks, months, or even years can cause extensive damage that requires not only water damage restoration but also significant reconstruction.

Homeowners need to keep an eye out for drain pipe leakage. Though the leaks can be slow and subtle in their impact, extensive damage can occur over a long timespan. When water damage is discovered, the experts at All Nation Restoration are ready to respond. The team of professionals is truly committed to customer service. The water damage restoration company in Austin, TX, can handle the entire project, bring it to completion, and provide the necessary documentation that work has been completed.

All Nation Restoration also offers consultation and rental options for ambitious homeowners who want to tackle some or all of the project on their own as a DIY endeavor. Whatever solution is chosen, All Nation Restoration is ready to walk with the homeowner through the process.

For more information about water damage restoration in Austin, TX, contact the office by phone at (512) 934-8180 or email [email protected]

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Restoration Company Explains the Challenges of Selling a Water Damaged House

All Nation Restoration understands the disruption and stress involved in a water damage incident. The homeowners and businesses that the company serves can continue life as usual because all the hard work and heavy lifting are handled by All Nation Restoration. The team’s great attitude, skills, and customer service set the bar high in the service industry. To ensure customers receive the best the industry has to offer, All Nation Restoration provides fresh training, advanced technology, and innovative techniques to its staff in order to custom fit the service to the client’s needs, including water damage restoration.

Water damage is a home’s worst enemy, especially when the homeowner is trying to sell the house. Residential water damage is relatively common. Four out of ten homes will suffer a loss due to water damage, and 98% of basements will have some type of water or moisture issue. A burst pipe or an unexpected flash flood can cause an emergency water damage situation. Selling a house that has water damage is a challenge, but homeowners can rely on a professional water damage restoration company, such as All Nation Restoration.

Are sellers required to disclose a property’s history of water damage to buyers?

When in doubt, disclose. Experts say that full disclosure is both ethical and wise. Disclosures, a necessary part of any real estate transaction, document in writing any known issues with a property. While these requirements vary by state, known water-damage instances are one of the routine items the seller will have to disclose on the transfer disclosure statement.

Legal remedies may be pursued against a seller who fails to make disclosures about previous or potential water damage. Three parties may find themselves in legal hot water if water damage situations are concealed. These parties are the seller, the seller’s real estate agent, and the buyer’s inspector. Because water damage is a safety and health issue, failure on the part of the seller to disclose or correct the problem is quite serious.

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Some words of wisdom to the seller

1. Disclose current water damage.

Provide a history of water damage in the past. Concealing the damage with drywall and spray foam insulation could lead to legal battles that could cost much more than the cost to repair the water damage.

2. Explore mold mitigation solutions.

The seller can pay to resolve the mold issues, or the buyer can reduce their offer to cover the cost of the remediation. The seller can offer a repair credit. The downside of the repair credit option is that the seller will end up offering a credit that is greater than the actual cost of the repair. No seller wants to lose money unnecessarily.

3. Repair areas with water damage.

Contacting the insurance company at this juncture is a good first step. Next, contact a reputable water damage restoration company that has a solid track record in the community. The homeowner can leave the entire project in the hands of the restoration specialist.

4. Document all remediation measures.

The sales contract should document the water damage restoration process. Receipts and all paperwork dealing with the repairs, including warranties, should be saved. They will serve as proof of completed work at the closing.

5. Finally, seek advice and assistance.

Bringing in water damage and mold damage experts to consult on the repair and review options can only help with finding a solution that works for all parties involved.

The experts at All Nation Restoration are committed to customer service. The water damage restoration company in Austin, TX, can take on the entire project, bring it to completion, and provide the necessary documentation that work has been completed. All Nation Restoration also offers consultation and rental options for the ambitious homeowners who want to tackle some or all of the project on their own as a DIY. Whatever solution the homeowner chooses, All Nation Restoration is ready to walk with the homeowner through the process.

For more information about property damage restoration in Austin, TX, contact the office by phone at (512) 934-8180 or email [email protected]

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