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Every summer, Cincinnati weather gives us unpredictable thunderstorms including tornadoes damaging hail. While the weather is difficult to predict, a reliable team to help you with water damage cleanup is only a phone call away.
Roofs Have Limited Lifespan
Excessive wind and hail will deteriorate the materials even faster. Water leaking through the roof while it is raining could be due to damaged shingles, improper installation, or failed flashing details at penetrations and walls. It may even be due to damaged window sills, improper siding installations, or severe wind-driven rain.
Most of the time, a roof leak will form a small puddle in the attic until it finds an escape route: a light fixture, heating register, ceiling joists, or other low points. If the ceiling is holding water or you might see a bulge in the drywall, you will need to deal with both the roof problem and the resulting damage to your home. Take time to inspect the roof for rain seepage behind split shingles or through leaky flashing.
Maintain Your Gutters And Downspouts
Clogged up rain gutters and downspouts can result in pooling water on your roof, and eventually to major leaks and severe water damage. Spending just a little bit of time on removing the debris from these areas can prevent major problems down the road. You should also make sure that your downspouts are discharging the proper distance away from your house (a minimum of 10 feet) to prevent flooding.
Improve Your Home’s Natural Drainage
You can’t control the rain but you can control the effect that it has on your property. Carefully plan the route of excess water from your home and foundation out to the city drain system out in the street. Periodically check the grate for excess leaves or trash that could impede drainage during a hard rain.
Check the slope of the ground around your home. All water should be directed several feet away from your foundation. If the ground slopes toward your house, grade the yard for better flow. Install additional drainage systems, such as French drains. If your driveway slopes toward the home, consider a barrier to redirect water to away from the garage.
Emergency Alert- First Things First
What immediate steps should you take when you discover water damage? The first thing you should do is call our water damage cleanup experts to immediately dispatch a water technician. Next, shut off the water source or close the water main. Avoid basements with standing water or sewage. Be sure to stay away from any obvious electrical hazards. Lastly, you may want to place aluminum foil under the legs of your furniture (to prevent staining) and remove all books, draperies, shoes, etc. from the wet floor.
Cleaning And Sanitizing
Since water damage doesn’t just affect your home, but also your personal belongings, ICON will use top of the line cleaning services to ensure that they are back to pre-loss condition before returning them to your home. Our water damage cleanup techs have the tools, the technology, and the team to handle any situation.
ICON even offers professional biohazard cleanup for properties that have unsafe living conditions due to unsanitary conditions. Our services include hoarding cleanup, cleanup, and removal of animal or rodent remain, feces clean up, and more. Our professional water damage cleanup team is sensitive to the nature of these types of cleanups and will work with you to clean up and restore your property back to a clean and healthy living environment.
Call water damage cleanup experts when you discover water damage. We provide emergency services for water, fire, and mold removal services throughout Cincinnati. Contact us 24/7 all year round.