It’s really important to check pipe work for damage or leaks if you plan on leaving your home for any lengthy period of time to prevent coming home to a water damage disaster. When we say water damage, we also mean escape of water. Escape of water damage is typically caused by water from inside the house, such as from a leaking radiator or pipe work.

Common causes can be faulty goods, poor workmanship or wear and tear. You should be aware that a lot of insurers will cover the damage caused by the water but not the repair to the leak, unless its caused by freezing.

So what can you do to prevent leaks in your home?

  • Be aware of early signs of a leak. You may notice a drop in water pressure, a damp patch on a wall or ceiling, water stains on walls or small puddles in cupboards or near appliances. Do not ignore these signs. Try and find out why and where the source of these markings could be coming from immediately. These are undoubtedly signs of a small leak which could escalate if not resolved.
  • Can you hear a drip? Picture this. Its bedtime. Everything is quiet in the house. An unexpected dripping noise could be a sign that there is a leak somewhere. Check the sink and make sure all taps have been turned off properly. If this doesn't resolve the issue then you may want to check hidden spaces under the baths or behind walls.
  • Maintain grouting and seals around baths, showers, taps and anywhere else that is providing a water tight seal. Watch out for mould which may mean a sign of decay and can potentially lead to leaks.
  • Look after your heating system. Have your boiler and heating system serviced regularly by a recognised professional. Well maintained appliances are less likely to spring a leak. Given the potential damage and upset such an item could cause, it makes sense to keep it well maintained and serviced.
  • Unblock plug holes regularly by purchasing products that are effective and simple to use. Use a reputable tradesperson to complete plumbing work. Routine maintenance will help prevent what appears to be a minor problem today becoming a major escape of water tomorrow.
  • Keep an eye on the weather. When freezing temperatures are expected, set your central heating to 10 degrees day and night. Insulate all your pipes and (if you have any) water tanks. This is especially important in areas vulnerable to freezing such as lofts or outbuildings.
  • Fit a helpful gadget. An item such as an auto stopcock can recognise a leak and shut off the water supply to prevent damage.
  • Know where your stopcock is. And how to turn it off. Should the unexpected happen you can minimise the damage on your belongings by testing your stopcock in advance by running a nearby tap and ensuring it is completely stopped when the mains water is switched off.
  • Let your insurance company know if you’re going away. Tell your insurer if your home will be unoccupied for an extended period, say more than 30 days, then follow any advice such as turning off your water supply.
  • Read your policy documents carefully and keep your insurer’s details handy. In case you ever need to make a claim, save your insurer’s number in your phone along with your policy number.

The best piece of advice we can offer you to help avoid water damage in the home is for you to maintain your property and help avoid wear and tear. Prevention is better than cure, especially when it comes to the damage that water can casue in the home not just from a visual perspective, but from a health point of view also.

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A. Here at Tempest Restoration we have been providing flood restoration services to properties across the UK. In that time we have dealt with water damage of all scales. Over the years have not only been involved in 1000's of small domestic disaster restoration claims but also major incidents from the Cumbrian floods to the Buncefield fire at the oil storage terminal in Hertfordshire. Our continuous investment in the very latest flood drying equipment and technician training enables us to handle professionally any size and scale of flood damage. Our aim is to provide a prompt, professional and reliable disaster restoration service to domestic and commercial property owners.

A. We are fully equipped to clean up flood damage after all types of flood. Over the years we have helped thousands of homeowners and businesses alike recover from Coastal flooding, River flooding, Flash flooding, Groundwater flooding and Sewer flooding. Read our guide on common types of flood water. We are able to deal with all types of water including clean water, grey water (a source of water that contains a significant degree of chemical, biological or physical contaminants and causes discomfort or sickness when consumed or even exposed to) and black water (water which contains unsanitary agents, harmful bacteria and fungi, causing severe discomfort or sickness). Read our guide on common categories of water. Floods can be caused for many different reasons. Heavy rainfall, storm water, river flooding, coastal surges, leaking/burst pipes or human error are all typical causes of flood water in the home or business premises. The source of the ingress isn't always visible neither. Water can trace itself to a point from a large distance away from the entry source. Here at Tempest we have specialist detection equipment for trace and access on water ingression to a property.

A. Flood water can devastate a property. The damage may be imperceptibly slow and minor such as water spots that could eventually mar a surface. At this point, the potential damage done to a structure that you may not have been aware of can be large in scale. Or, it may be instantaneous and catastrophic such as flooding. However fast it occurs, water damage is a major contributor to loss of property. Whatever the cause, primary flood damage is just the beginning and you need to act fast to minimise the consequences of secondary damage. Your home is full of porous materials that absorb water like a sponge which will damage structural integrity. Water causes corrosion and damages electrical equipment which can be fatal if not identified. Residual moisture becomes water vapour throughout the building which will condense. If the water is not completely removed it can lead to dry rot and a high risk of microbial growth e.g. mould and bacteria which is damaging to your health and isnt always something visible to the naked eye like typical black mould in a bathroom.

A. After a safety assessment, we look to identify the cause of the water leak or ingress using various tools and equipment. Our experienced team of technicians will look to make a decision on the best course of action for your situation. The next stage utilises advanced water removal equipment followed by rapid drying technology and humidity control to remove the water and moisture from the property.

A. Their are many potential health risks associated with flood water. Apart from the initial potential risk of drowning, the further potential risks to your health very much depend upon the nature of the water. We are able to deal with all types of water including clean water, grey water (a source of water that contains a significant degree of chemical, biological or physical contaminants and causes discomfort or sickness when consumed or even exposed to) and black water (water which contains unsanitary agents, harmful bacteria and fungi, causing severe discomfort or sickness). If there is any possibility of contamination DO NOT TOUCH IT, call Tempest Restoration on 0845 052 4522. Read our guide on common categories of water.

A. Every case is different and their are many factors that make up the scale of damage and repair required due to flood damage of a property. We recommend a site survey to ascertain the level of damage and repair required. Once on site, we are able to quickly advise on the best course of action to bring about the most effective recovery. Our state-of-the-art equipment ensures the remediation process will be thorough, effective and as fast as possible, returning your home or business to normality as quickly as possible. Using the latest technology and with highly experienced technicians, our aim is to complete the restoration in the best way to reduce costs and prevent secondary damage in the future.

A. Every flood is unique and as such the timescale is dependent on many variations and factors. A small scale water leak is usually quiker to repair than large scale flooding caused by a river overflowing. Our knowledgeable and experienced team will assess the damage and act fast and efficiently to provide a tailored and precise response to your properties specific requirements. The use of modern equipment, rapid drying technology and working practise means that your home or business will be safely and quickly returned to normal, minimising disruption and cost.

A. We operate across the UK with technicians available in major towns and cities. Our head office is based in Swaffham, Norfolk where we undertake all our training.

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