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Water Damage Cleanup From A Fireplace?

water damage cleanup white plainsIn White Plains, one of the classic childhood memories is a roaring fire in the fireplace and a cup of hot cocoa. As an adult, the warm feelings are tempered by the cold, wet reality of a fireplace. While it brings warmth, light, and atmosphere to your living room, sometimes it also brings a stream of water (and water damage) into your home. 

If you can hear dripping from your chimney after a heavy rain, or see stains on the floor near your fireplace, you need a fresh set of eyes on the problem. You’ll need to 1) address the cause and 2) fix any wrestling water damage in the home. 

Rainwater flowing into your fireplace is not normal; there is an issue within your chimney system. The chimney is a much more complicated structure than most people realize; many elements might have failed to cause this leak. 

Causes of Moisture 

Rain only gets into the chimney through a relatively small aperture. Chimneys have a bend built into them to prevent any downdraught and raindrops from going all the way down into the house. 

A chimney crown helps protect the chimney from harsh weather conditions. It covers the top of the chimney and slopes downward to accommodate water runoff. This crown also keeps water from getting into the flue, while protecting the masonry from deterioration. 

The other common source of water is not directly from rain but instead from the air. Humidity can condense on the cold bricks due to poor insulation. The temperature differential might be significant enough to allow moisture to collect inside the system on cold days. This water will then trickle down to the floor of your fireplace. 

Resulting Problems In Your Home

When water runs down the chimney, it can damage not only the brick inside the system but the materials surrounding your fireplace. Look first at the floor in front of the unit. Some homes have solid stone hearths, but wood floors are very vulnerable to staining from water. Ceramic and porcelain tiles are waterproof but the grout is not. Check for loose tiles resulting from damaged to mortar and grout. Vinyl floors are also waterproof, but if water gets under them, the subfloor can mold or rot. 

All the water flows out of the fireplace, which can cause damage to baseboards and drywall. If it gets to the carpets, it can seep over a relatively larder space in your living room.  

Mold

Even after you clean up all the visible debris from a water leak, you might have ignored an even bigger risk. Excess moisture can stimulate mold spores to grow in the porous, organic materials of your home: drywall, wood, subfloor, carpet fibers. The Maxons clean-up crew will monitor for potential environments, eradicate any identified areas, and pretreat vulnerable areas. They will also protect other rooms from errant spores 1) by wearing personal protective equipment and 2) masking off areas with plastic. 

For Water Damage Cleanup In White Plains

Maxons offers emergency cleanup services and will coordinate all aspects of your restoration project. You’ll receive daily project updates from the project manager to keep you informed. Plus, an easy-to-use online project management system provides streamlined information and helps you make decisions at every phase of your recovery. Communication is key to a comfortable working relationship in this stressful situation.  

Maxon’s has been restoring complicated emergencies in White Plains for decades  As a single-source provider,  you can avoid the hassle of coordinating with multiple contractors. Trust Maxons when you’ve had water damage. 

“It’s always great meeting someone with the experience, passion, and wisdom that we strive for. Excited to have Maxons as a resource to our clients.” —Co-Founder & Managing Partner, WizdomOne Group, Inc.
“I always admire your work ethic and follow up. I know I’m not your only customer, but you’ve done a great job making me feel like I am.” —NE Regional Director, Newmark Group
“Extremely pleased with the professionalism of Maxons.” —Claims Representative, J.W. Hirschfeld Agency
“Thank you for the professional efficiency of your organization in regard to the emergency clean up necessary following the fire on the 51st floor. Once again, you have not let us down.” —VP/Director of Operations Empire State Building
“Your men were great! They were here right after the fire setting up to clean our whole building. Very professional and through. I would recommend your service without hesitation.” —Building Manager, 19 East 72nd Street
“Maxons is a phenomenal company! Whether it’s a small leak or major fire they always respond immediately to get us back in business.” —Operations Director, Macy's
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