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Protecting Your Home from Water Damage During Remodeling

4/19/2022 (Permalink)

Bathrooms are one of the most popular remodeling projects for homeowners. An old, outdated bathroom can be a real eyesore, so getting a facelift or even a more substantial update can make a big difference. Unfortunately, sometimes even experienced plumbers make mistakes that result in water damage in your home. A bathroom remodel that results in leaking or poor drainage requires professional help to resolve the situation and prevent further damage from happening in the bathroom and adjacent rooms. SERVPRO technicians receive training to detect where the water intrudes as well as how to return your home to preloss condition.

How renovation errors can cause water damage

Water damage after a remodeling of your bathroom is an unexpected and disappointing outcome. Situations such as a decision to use a diverter spout to add a handheld shower in your classic tiled bath area can cause a blowback issue resulting in water spraying inside your wall as well as through the showerhead; not ideal! Even a small amount of water results in significant harm over time if left unchecked. Errors large and small can cause damage to your home so obviously, it’s best to avoid them. If you can’t avoid the errors, our technicians can help pinpoint the problem if one develops and devise a plan to restore the bathroom and surrounding areas pre-damage. Sometimes a desire to retain the character of the original bathroom drives the decision to add to existing plumbing rather than tear out and replace it. Unfortunately, the older pipes need help to connect with modern fixtures. If the connections added fail to seal and balance water pressure correctly, leakage occurs. This can be a huge mess and result in water damage.

How SERVPRO can help after a renovation gone wrong

SERVPRO locates the water problem and takes steps to dry out the wet areas. Many bathrooms have a large access panel in an adjacent room, closet, or hallway that we can open to find the leak and then keep open to direct air flow that removes the moisture more efficiently, making the job a bit easier to do. We work with plumbing contractors to resolve a blowback problem as we dry out the area behind the bathtub and shower to make sure the problem doesn’t arise again. We also follow the path of the water to uncover any migrating moisture causing damage to the walls or ceilings below. Older homes often have plaster construction which sheds water more easily than drywall so we’re ready for any situation. SERVPRO water damage technicians still develop drying goals to avoid secondary damage like mold growth or disintegration even if the dampness is somewhat minimal because of the material.

Removing moisture after water damage

In the case of a misaligned plumbing part, air movers, supplemented with dehumidifiers, do a comprehensive job of removing the moisture once the spout is re-installed with proper taping, and caulking, or other safeguards preventing further water damage. Bubbled paint or staining is restored to the pre-water leak condition when touched up after drying is complete. Our technicians know it’s critical to find and stop the leak, remove the moisture, and ensure no further damage occurs to get your house back to normal. We’re trained to do just that!

SERVPRO addresses water damage issues

If a remodeling project takes an unexpected turn, we’re here to help. SERVPRO of Phoenix has the staff, experience, and equipment to get things back on track. Call for an appointment at (480) 503-2090.

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