Floods can happen to anyone, and in this case, a Las Vegas home was destroyed by water damage that went unnoticed for months. SERVPRO of Southwest Las Vegas was the first call for help when the homeowner arrived from his four month long out of town trip.
“When we first walked in it was a huge mess; everywhere we looked there were walls were falling down and it was a dangerous situation. We immediately had to secure the the place so we could get to work.” explains Kade Schank, one of the first men on the site from the SERVPRO team.
Kade went on saying that the water damages added up to approximately $90,000. “The homeowner was fortunate to have a neighbor alert him that there was water coming out of his front door and garage. If it wasn’t for that, the home would’ve been destroyed much more than it was. I feel for the homeowner too because he was heartbroken that he just remodeled the entire house a year before the flooding.”
The leak was caused by a bidet in an upstairs bathroom that was leaking from the angle stop. “The hose popped and filled the entire house with water” Kade says.
In the case anyone needs help with water damage restoration in Las Vegas: SERVPRO can arrive within the next 30 – 60 minutes and can be reached 24/7 at https://www.servprosouthwestlasvegas.com/.
A few tips that can prevent a catastrophe like this are listed below. People generally don’t think a flood will ever happen to them; by applying the following advice, that safe and wishful thought can be a more realistic one for homeowners all over.
1. Get regular water heater inspections
One of the main ways to prevent water damage as a homeowner is by having the hot water heater inspected regularly. There numerous amounts of Las Vegas homeowners that experienced their water heaters malfunctioning and resulted in a full home flood.
Most water heaters are expected to last about six years on average. If the hot water heater is far beyond that 6 year mark it may be time to look at a replacement option. The preventive maintenance cost is always going to be much cheaper than the repair cost for a home that has been damaged by water.
2. Beware of roofing issues
Water can get in and damage a home through the ceiling, and it may be too late when it gets bad enough to see. It is important to make sure that the roof is something that is also checked regularly.
If there is any type of spotting where water is dripping from the ceiling, that is a clear indication that shingles on the roof may need to be replaced.
3. Pay attention for unexpected leaks
The main culprit in a lot of Las Vegas water damage problems comes from unexpected water leaks. Small, slow and intermittent leaks from faucets and other fixtures that are shrugged off can eventually catch up to a homeowner with a disaster. It’s recommended to pay attention to those small unexpected leaks and get them repaired before the leak causes major damage.
4. Figure out what’s causing the water leak
A massive number of homeowners experience issues with washers that are leaking. Sometimes there is a backup of the water from the pipes that causes the water being expelled from the washer to come back into the home instead of going down the drain. There are other times, however, where the washer itself may be leaking. The same can happen with a refrigerator or a dishwasher. It is important to make sure that the right technician for these appliances is called out to fix what is happening. SERVPRO has an all inclusive restoration team that covers all specialties needed to assess these types of situations.
5. Getting a tankless water heater
Installing a tankless water heater is a good way to eliminate the water heater as a potential issue to begin with. This is a method of creating an eco-friendly home that can also help reduce the risk of water damage by a leaky water heater.
SERVPRO of Southwest Las Vegas is a leading water damage restoration team in Southern Nevada that can be reached 24/7 for flood emergencies.
Release ID: 88947139