Water damage Denver people, big foot restoration, another pilot, podcasts coming your way and the subject does. Your on today’s episode is going to center around pretty simple water damage Denver. I want to let you know, part of the reason why I got into this industry, this line of work was the fact that water damage Denver, I’m serious. Water damage scares me. Water does what it wants to do and oftentimes if there’s enough of it, there’s not much that you can do about it. Uh, you see floods, you see the way that, um, towns are destroyed. Cities are destroyed from hurricanes, from different catastrophic catastrophic events that are water related. There’s nothing that you can do except for board your house up and get out of there. And you know, there, there really are methods with fire, with different other, other different catastrophes. Uh, there’s ways that professional firefighters and different people can manipulate a controlled burns and things of that nature.

If water’s coming, it’s coming and there’s just not a lot that you can do to, uh, to make sure it doesn’t damage what inevitably it’s going to. There’s things you can do to divert and things you can try to do to be prepared. But ultimately it is a crazy force of nature. So water damage number, here’s what I want to talk about today. It is all about simple little things that can be done, can be considered inevitably like said water damage Denver. It’s going to happen if it’s meant to, but there’s a number of different things that you can do to try to prepare to try to control that damage. And it might seem a little, um, two attention to detail, the type of a thing or maybe a waste of time, uh, better things can be done. But, uh, we’ve seen major, major, high end, high dollar water loss jobs, um, that could have been substantially reduced or even completely eliminated if, you know, folks had taken the time to put proper measures in place to potentially avoid even having an issue at all.

So some of this stuff, water damage related may seem pretty obvious. It seemed pretty simple, might even seem a little bit unnecessary or mundane or ridiculous, but it’s all for good reason. And, uh, we just want, we want people to avoid having to use our service. Any restoration service, any water damage Denver market. You know, we don’t want people to have to go through the experience if they otherwise wouldn’t have to. So here’s why. This is why we’ve put together just a small list, just a number of things, both on the interior, interior or exterior of your property too, to consider, to think about, to go check out and avoid, if at all possible a loss. So a lot of damage. Denver, here we go. Number one, do a check on all your toilets. Toilets were out, the inner workings of toilets they wear out.

You hear a running toilet, there’s a reason for that. You’ve got a plunger that’s gone bad. You’ve gone maybe a little washer that needs to be taken care of. Perhaps a wax ring, all super duper simple, very small things that can be attended to. Uh, if they aren’t, if they’re ignored or not seen as anything significant, uh, you run the risk of inevitably, inevitably that particularly peace, one day failing and you come home to a flooded home. So do a quick check. And I would say you don’t have to do it every day, every week, maybe not even every month, but let’s just put the, the time stamp at once a quarter. Have something that you do every 90 days that you take a complete comprehensive look around the interior and exterior of your home. It’ll take you an hour and it’ll be well worth it. Trust me, it’ll be well worth it.

So number one, let’s get an eye on all the toilets that you have in your property. Um, check to make sure they’re stable, that the bolts are fastened down, that they haven’t wiggled themselves loose, that when you flush the unit, you’re not hearing, you know, an extended period of time for the tank to fill up. Certainly if it’s, you know, filling up too much, you’ve definitely have an issue. Um, maybe at that point it’s up to you whether you want to decide on replacing the internet, repairing it, but do a visual, do a very detailed check around the base of the toilet bowl and the plumbing that comes into it. Here’s one of my personal issues because I’ve, I’ve learned firsthand how finicky these things are. And that is the on off device that the flow, the flow of water from the wall into your toilet, those things are notorious for failing.

Oftentimes they have a plastic component to them as far as them screwing in or out and those things can snap. Especially, you know, most people don’t turn the water off to their toilets very often. So they sit in one place in one position for years and years on end. And then you may go and a half to turn the water off one time and it could really, uh, you know, maybe some deposits and mineral deposits of built up. Maybe just the plastics become a little brittle and there you go. Water damage Denver, it is a serious thing. It, uh, one of those little guys fails and that is a lot of water pressure behind those that will go and, and go and go and go. So check the plumbing, check the on off valves, check the wax ring if it needs to be considered, check the inner workings of the back of the toilet as well.

Sinks, same thing. Take a look at the top. I can’t tell you how many homes were in where there’s a minor, seemingly minor leak right there, right in front of a person’s face, kitchen, bathroom. But it’s small. That’s what we hear all the time. The water, there’s no way water damage could ever happen. There’s no way we’d ever have a large loss that we would need to, you know, think about because we can see it. It’s right here. It’s just a small amount that we can wipe up. Um, every time we use the sink and it’s all good. Okay, well I will never tell another person how to use their money or I will tell them how to use their time because a, it saves people a lot of money. But you know, you just, I understand. You might, the first thing you might not want to do is run out and buy a new faucet.

They’re pretty expensive. They can be. And, um, that’s an annoying weekend. Spend replacing spending your money on a faucet and then probably doing it yourself. Most of those are pretty DIY friendly, so I get it. And the whole thing though is, you know, risk reward type thing. So consider it, if you see a leak right there in front of your face at a minimum, take a look under the cabinet, take a look on the base of the cabinet, take a peek up with a flashlight and make sure that there’s nothing that’s making its way down into, into the cabinets, into the base and to the, the flooring of, of your kitchen or your bathroom. So that takes care of two pretty big pieces of potential water sources in houses, toilets and sinks, showers as well. Um, little more difficult to assess potential problems, um, with, with the shower because it’s a place that’s supposed to be wet, right?

I mean, even if there is a little bit of a, an unknowing drip on a shower head or, or something like that, it’s typically not seen as anything that should be worried about too much. And we totally get that. Um, so there again, there’s meters, there’s different sort of devices that probably most homeowners don’t have. Probably a professional would need to come in and um, diagnosed to see. So probably unrealistic as far as a quarterly thing is concerned. You’re not going to hire somebody four times a year to come and just ensure that there’s nothing leaking behind the bathroom. The shower walls probably you would know, um, you know, down below if you had a significant issue without, however, take a look at the cocking at the grout lines at a, I guess if it’s a surround, perhaps the integrity of, of the, uh, the material that surrounds the shower or the bath failing, cocking failing grout lines definitely can lead to something that is less than desirable to deal with.

So if you’ve got chunks of grout coming out of your, your little, uh, you know, four inch tiles that surround your shower, every time you turn on the shower, moisture will find its way into those available spots and it will get behind. Hopefully you have good backer board behind the tile, but that water isn’t just going to evaporate right there. It’s going to make its way in and it’s going to find a place to, to set. And if there’s any possible way for it to exit, it will do that. Water finds its easiest route of escape and it will, it will always go to wherever it can. So failing cocking, I’m also can lead to major water damage Denver, please check your cocking, marry your tub around the base of your shower. So many times we go into people’s houses and it’s just, it’s a nightmare down there and you just wonder why, why we’re letting this continue.

And there’s oftentimes where there’s visible damage, you know on the outside there that’s gotten out of the shower, the shower, it’s got a non to the the floor and they may even have growth or mold or things that when you, we really want them to take notice of and have us check for. And you know, there’s just kind of an indifferent attitude sometimes towards that. And again, we always want to educate. We always want to have a healthy conversation with people and at least make them aware of what they should be thinking about. We’re never going to force anyone to do anything or bullying anybody into doing anything, but we want them to be aware of the potential risks and certainly have them consider what the rewards would be by eliminating those risks. So we’ve got the bathroom covered, we’ve got toilet shower sinks, and for the most part that’s gonna be, you know, as far as a quarterly type thing, pretty much everything that you’d look, look around in the house.

Of course you have your washing machine. So good idea to take a peek back there and make sure those hoses aren’t getting brittle. Uh, we definitely have seen, again on off valves fail, uh, with Washer, with washer machines, and there again, tons of water pressure going on behind behind those. So if those even start to have any semblance of a, a leak, that can be major, major problems. So just a couple more things. Interior wise, you have appliances, you have your, uh, you know, your water line going from your sync to your, your, uh, your fridge for maybe a, you know, chilled water or a nice line. And Man, can those do damage if they’re, if they’re, um, punctured at all or just the slightest little, um, you know, break and those can be catastrophic. So we’ve seen people just do something as simple as, you know, pull their frigerator out to, uh, to dust behind it to clean up and then put it back in.

And they’re either, you know, in a, in a rush and kind of jam the, the line back in there or something happens and then you know, that maybe the connection is, is kinked up a little bit and there you go. We have instant water damage and of course it’s not always the case that people notice it because it’s behind the fridge and maybe the slope is going back and so it would never come out into the kitchen. But the next time they go on the basement, bet your bottom dollar it’s going, it’s going to make sense real quick. What’s going on? So another bit of water damage Denver, think about that one. Finally, beyond appliances and beyond things that, that have a water source going to them. Take a quick peek, you know, anywhere you have, um, potential low points and we’ll cover that with the exterior here in just a minute.

But anytime there is a potential low point, you know, around the base of the home, um, if wa if a drainage isn’t necessarily the way you might want it and when it rains or snows or anything moisture related happens outside, you see that coming back toward the house. Just take a quick look, make sure that there’s no reason to be concerned for, you know, water making its way into, uh, into the base of, of the home, whether it’s crawlspace, basement, um, you know, even if it is just a concrete, um, sub floor you over time, if that’s a continuing thing, if water’s continuing set settling somewhere right around the house, it’s going to do damage it, it’s water damage Denver, it’s one oh one. And the sooner you recognize that and you know, protect yourself from it, the better. One final thing on interior, probably, I don’t know how much these things are anymore. They used to be just probably less than

$10, but very simple device. You can get at any just about any hardware store, big box repair, store, whatever, or moisture alarms. And I want to say the last time I bought a package of these, they came out to less than $10 a piece and all you have to do is take them out of the box and put them under a sink. Put them at, you know, behind a refrigerator anywhere that you might have water damage that you Denver that you wouldn’t necessarily know immediately. The second a drop of water hits these little things, they will put out a very obnoxious sound and they will notify you immediately that you have an issue. So worth their weight in gold. Get five or 10 of them, put them wherever you can. That would potentially save you from having a water situation damaged situation on your hands. Okay. Wrapped up with an interior. Follow me for just a bit longer. We’re almost wrapped up here. Exterior gutters, roofs. I know people can’t get up on their roofs once a quarter. Um, maybe not, uh, not at all, but at least as much as you can. Take a step back. Take a look to see if there’s any failing shingles, anything that looks strange, make sure there’s no areas where pests are trying to get in or you know, whatever the case may be with your respective roof. Same thing with gutters. They will fail over time. Things happen. They’re subject to elements and all sorts of things and they just need to be,

they need to be looked at every so often. And especially the downspouts coming off of those gutters. If those aren’t, if they don’t have the little guys that take them away from the house as they go down, if they’re in any way, um, you know, just not the way they’re supposed to be. Major, major issues. Again, potentially not always, but potentially. And so sometimes people take, you know, kind of their little offshoot downspouts off during the winter because they don’t want them to freeze and back, kind of freeze back up and they forget in the spring to reattach them. And then all the spring rain is coming right down and right at the base of the house. And again, we won’t go into that right now. But, um, that consistently happening is never going to be a beneficial thing for your, for your property. Let’s see.

Um, just to touch one more time, time on negative or drainage. When you look around your property, um, look for anything that would suggest that when it rains, when it snows, any sort of water wouldn’t drain back towards your house. You always want to have water running away from your home. That’s just a given. I think pope most people understand that. But there again, foundation settle, um, your flower bed settle. Sometimes people install, you know, little patios or different things and not, don’t really consider uh, the negative drainage dynamic and, and uh, we have a problem who have potential water damage. So Denver, be sure to take a quick visual on that and that isn’t going to happen in three months time, but I mean, why not as you do oh, around and do your quarterly interior and exterior check, why not just take a quick peek and make sure that there’s no new issues that could potentially lead to potentially lead to water damage?

Denver, it is important. I wouldn’t tell you to do it if it wasn’t. So, um, right off the cuff, those are just a few pointers. They are things that we have seen and had to handle losses et or as a result of all of those. So, so there’s nothing in there that was mentioned that hadn’t led to a loss before and most losses are not cheap. It’s not something you want to write a check for. So, and it’s really not something that you just even want to have to make a claim on because it’s a hassle. It takes you out of your daily routine, it, um, it just messes with you and it’s kind of an emotional thing. So we never want people to experience things that they don’t have to. And that’s why we just want to put out a few tips to help potentially save a disaster. Save from water damagen DENVER, it’s been a pleasure to share these tips with you. If for some reason you do have a situation where you need our help, big foot is always there. It’s real. It’s ready to help. Seven two zero five seven five foot. Have a wonderful day.