While lower level damage may be contained, upper level flooding may have significant impact on all lower levels of any structure
Cleveland, OH (PRWEB) July 29, 2013
Restoration Local, one of the leading providers of water damage repair and restoration in the United States, is offering tips to property owners on how to properly handle water damage issues in the upstairs levels of their home or business. While lower level damage may be contained, upper level flooding may have significant impact on all lower levels of any structure.
It is recommended to determine the source of the water and shut it off, since the longer the leak is allowed to continue, the greater the chances for lower level disturbances become. Water leaks from piping should be shut off at the main valve, while damage to roofs and walls should be plugged and covered to prevent addiction accumulation.
Electricity should also be shut off since water draining down through various flooring levels can have significant impact on electrical wiring or components. The power should not be turned back on until the system is examined and approved for use by a qualified electrician.
Upper level water damage may manifest itself downstairs through discolored or swollen drywall, as well as ceilings with a visible sag due to the weight excess water. Standing under these ceilings is discouraged, since a collapse will mean a large amount of water and debris being dumped into the lower floor. A person standing in the wrong place could be seriously injured. In fact, most flood-related injuries take place during the clean up and repair process.
Mold should also be considered, since it can very easily remain hidden among layers of insulation, on and around piping, and within the structural supports of the property.
Upper level water damage presents a host of different problems, any one of which can become a major, long term issue if not properly dealt with in the correct manner.
Based in Cleveland OH, Restoration Local is one of the leading providers of water damage restoration service in the country, with contractors in 30 states. They are available 24/7 and all work is guaranteed.