Need Leak Detection? What to Know About Water Leaks to Minimize Loss, Costs & Stress
Water Leak Detection with Water Damage Repair Solutions Based on Approved IICRC Water Damage, Mold Remediation and Restoration Protocols
Water leaks may be obvious or hidden from view with telltale signs that are easy to miss or overlook. They commonly occur in attics, crawl spaces, under concrete slabs and asphalt, and behind interior and exterior building structures such as ceilings, floors, drywall, baseboards, and foundations. Water leaks may occur from a leaking roof, burst or leaking pipes, damage to slabs and foundations and sprinkler system defects. When a water leak is suspected, time to detect and repair the leak is of the essence. Even leaks from a clean water source can produce serious and costly problems. Without a rapid response, water leaks can rapidly result in irreversible damage to building structures and furnishings as well as the growth and spread of mold.
Water leak detection often requires the use of sophisticated thermal imaging equipment, particularly when the source of the water leak is hidden. In such cases, infrared thermal imaging can readily identify water behind interior and exterior building structures and from plumbing leaks, and sprinkler systems.
- Wet or damp areas on walls, floors, carpets, ceilings, and furnishings
- The sound of running water when the water is turned off
- Cracking in ceilings, baseboards, drywall, and flooring
- Discoloration and depressions in flooring
- The presence of a musty odor or visible mildew or mold
- Excessively high water bills that are unexplained by a toilet running or filling a swimming pool
- A sewer odor coming from plumbing fixtures
Identification of the source of the leak is essential. This is where Armstrong Water Mold Cleanup & Restorations can help during your free inspection and evaluation. Our experienced, licensed and certified leak detection services will help you by accurately identifying whether your problem is from roofing, plumbing, foundation, sprinkler system or another source. We then facilitate the repairs you need from a reputable and licensed specialty contractor.
Simultaneously we implement measures to assess the extent and type of water damage, prevent further damage, remove unsalvagable building structures, and initiate structural drying and/or mold remediation when appropriate. But we don’t stop there. As a licensed general contractor, we restore your property to its better than new condition. Our extensive experience with insurance companies allows us to work on your behalf to maximize water damage repair claim benefits for covered expenses.
Minutes, Hours and Days After Water Damage
- Water spreads to other areas and rapidly increases the scope and cleanup of the damage.
- Dyes released from furniture discolor carpet.
- Drywall and base molding absorb water rapidly.
- Furniture and cabinets begin to delaminate, split or swell.
- Pressboard swells and disintegrates
- Bacterial odor develops.
- Fungus begins to appear with a musty odor.
- Metal surfaces begin to rust.
- Respiratory health problems can occur.
- Water damaged contents can’t be salvaged.
- Damage costs escalate.
Water leaks can be the result of faulty plumbing, roofing, gutters and other building materials in poor condition. Signs of a water leak include water stains on ceilings, walls and along baseboards. The staining may be associated with cracking, peeling paint. When a musty odor is present with or without visible mold, it is likely that water leak damage has occurred for some time.
If you have or suspect a water leak, water leak detection services are a must. Armstrong is an experienced reputable water damage service company. Contact us for a free inspection and estimate for water leak detection and repair services. The inspection consists of a thorough analysis to determine the source and a plan to eliminate the problem and restore the property to a like new condition.
Even a relatively minor flood can allow water to seep behind cabinets, baseboards, flooring and building structures. You may believe that you adequately mopped up all the water. But when it comes to structures that are hidden from your view, proper drying is unlikely. Without appropriate drying and dehumidification, water can result in irreversible structural damage. A warm, moist, dark environment behind building structures and cabinets provides an ideal breeding ground for mold. Within 48-72 hours, Mold rapidly replicates and spreads to other areas of your home. Hiring a water damage repair professional can be a relatively minor expense to prevent catastrophic damage when left untreated.
Water damage repair services are performed by a state licensed, insured and certified contractor to assure safe, quality and appropriate intervention. Water damage repair can consist of extraction, structural drying, and repair and/or replacement of affected building structures, appliances and materials. It also includes cleaning to restore water damaged furniture, draperies, carpets, tile flooring, and personal property.
Even if you are handy and capable of identifying the source of a water leak and repairing your property, it is unlikely that you are skilled and equipped to detect and properly eliminate water damage and mold behind flooring, carpets and all building structures. If your water leak has continued for some time, mold has begun to form and spread. Without proper water damage and mold cleanup, you can expect progressive and much more costly damage to your property. This is why early detection and repairs by a professional water damage, mold cleanup and restoration company is so important.
Infrared thermal imaging is a technology in which color in vibrant shades of blue indicates moisture behind building structures. It is extremely valuable in identifying areas of water damage that are hidden from view. Along with other equipment, we use the same infrared imaging to monitor the effectiveness of the drying process.
Mold is a form of fungus that is everywhere. Mold generates spores that travel through doors and windows and through HVAC systems. But it takes the right conditions for mold to grow. Where there is a warm, moist, humid environment with poor ventilation, mold grows rapidly. Within 48-72 hours after a flood or other improperly contained water damage event, a significant mold problem can start and spread throughout a home. Often there is a musty odor associated with a mold problem.
In high enough concentrations whether they are “toxic” or not, all forms of mold are known to cause health problems. When a mold infestation of any type is present, mold remediation is recommended.
Restoration is performed after initial steps are implemented to eliminate the water damage cause, dry and dehumidify affected surfaces and building structures, and remove porous materials that cannot be salvaged. When there is evidence of a mold infestation, mold remediation is also performed to safely remove the mold and prevent its spread.
Restoration is the final step to bring the property to its like new condition. This may include replacement of flooring, drywall, baseboards, ceiling tiles, ceramic tiles and anything else that restores the property to its pre-damaged condition.
We have specialized knowledge and experience in working closely with insurance companies for water damage, mold remediation and fire damage. Because of our ethics and reputation for strictly adhering to IICRC certification requirements, Armstrong is one of only a few water damage, mold and restoration companies to be on the approved and recommended list by some of the leading homeowners’ insurance companies.
We are able to read through the legalese within your policy to determine exactly what is covered as well as the specific terms. We provide your insurance carrier with detailed itemized documents for all damages including pictures and descriptions that accurately define replacement needs and costs. This allows us to work in your behalf to expedite claims and maximize your benefits for covered expenses.
We are a fully licensed, certified and insured contractor in Florida. For more than three decades, our experience, training and values for integrity, quality and dependable services have made us a trusted water, mold, fire and restoration contractor.
Unlike some of our competitors, we follow IICRC standards to assure safe and appropriate practices. This means that customers are not overcharged for unnecessary and costly demolition and restoration of their property. We are one of a few trusted residential contractors for water damage, mold remediation and restoration services by leading homeowner insurance companies.
We respond 24/7 within a 2-hour response time to water damage and mold service calls within Southwest Florida. The inspection and estimate are free. We stand behind all of our work with an unconditional guarantee for quality, workmanship and dependable service. If you are looking for one-stop total peace of mind service, call us. Even if you worked with another company for repairs and restoration, call us for ongoing maintenance.
- Since 2005, providing water damage, mold remediation and restoration services in SW Florida.
- State of Florida Residential Contractor’s License #L1607070001182
- IICRC Certified in Water Damage Restoration, Applied Structural Drying, Fire & Smoke Restoration and Applied Microbial Remediation, #100623
- EPA Lead Safe Certified by the US Environmental Protection Agency, #NAT-F155753-1, issued 7-10-2015
- Bonded and Insured (certificate available)
- Provider of residential and commercial services throughout SW Florida
- Service areas include: Marco Island, Naples, Bonita Springs, Estero, Fort Myers, Fort Myers Beach, N. Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Sanibel Island, Punta Gorda and Port Charlotte.
- 24 hour emergency service.
- Response time is 2 hours or less.
- Unmarked vehicles available upon request.
- Inspections and estimates provided at no charge.
- All workmanship is 100% guaranteed.