The Dangers of a Sink Overflow in Your Echo Park Home
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Sometimes, a sink can overflow. Usually, this happens from a clog in the drain, leaving the water nowhere else to go but over the lip of your sink. Even with the vent of the sink open, it might not be able to contain the water which is backing up.
An overflowing sink is one danger which can occur in your Echo Park home that probably does not concern you on a regular basis. It is a race to grab towels to soak up the water when the sink overflows, but there is additional water damage that is going on under the floor which towels cannot reach. You need a professional water damage restoration company in this case who can find the hidden damage and restore your home back to its proper condition. SERVPRO has the training and experience to help you.
Weakening Floor Joists
Water from an overflowing sink can weaken the integrity of floor joists. Once water gets under the floor covering, it sits on the joists and subfloor. It does not evaporate since there is nowhere for the vapor to go, so the wood continues to rot.
Mold and Mildew Growth
Perhaps the biggest danger of a sink overflow is mold and mildew growth. With the right environment, mold can grow quickly. Mold is a dangerous fungus that can cause adverse health effects. Once it starts to grow, mold can spread fast if not stopped.
Leaks in Rooms Below
Another danger is damage done to rooms underneath the overflow. If the problem starts in a second-floor bathroom and your kitchen is under it, the problem is doubled. You wind up with ceiling damage in your kitchen, plus various bacteria and germs have access to your kitchen.
Repairing the Hidden Dangers
Since there are so many possible dangers from an overflowing sink, it is important that you call SERVPRO right away. Our technicians have the tools to find hidden water and mold growth. We can also repair the damage, so your home is back to its previous condition.
SERVPRO of Silver Lake/Echo Park is always ready to help you in an emergency such as a sink overflow. You can reach them easily at any time of day or night by calling (323) 255-1000.
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