Church Flood San Diego CA – 7 Ways to Avoid Them

Church Flood San Diego CA

church flood san DiegoHaving worked on several of these over the years, I can tell you that a church flood San Diego can be very devastating to both the building and the congregation.  Often a flood in a church building can go unnoticed for several hours or sometimes days intensifying the water damage that occurs.

How Do Church Buildings Get Flooded?

There are many ways that a flood can occur in a church building.  The five most common are water intrusion, toilet leaks or overflows, roof leaks, pipe leaks, and appliance failure.


  1. Water Intrusion – This church flood San Diego usually occurs after heavy rains.  The water finds a way into the building often into a basement or crawlspace that may go unnoticed for quite a while.
  2. Toilet Leaks or Overflows – A toilet leak can come from a crack in the tank, the waterline, or the bowl.  If you notice water on the floor near the toilet you may have a leak.  Like all leaks, if not repaired they continue to grow and you eventually have a major problem.
  3. Roof Leaks – All roofs eventually leak.  The most common cause of a leak is where a boot around a pipe fails. A boot is a type of roof flashing that goes around the base of the pipes coming out of your roof and waterproofs them. Other roof leaks include improperly driven nails, debris in gutters, improperly installed skylights, and collar failure around a gas vent.
  4. Pipe Leaks – Since most pipes are either hidden behind walls or are underground these leaks can be the most devastating.  Many of these leaks begin as tiny small leaks that eventually become burst pipes.
  5. Appliance Failure – Many people are surprised by how many floods are from appliance failures.  Water heaters eventually wear out and flood.  The base may become rusted or there may be too much pressure.  When there is too much pressure building in the tank, it will not be able to hold it and your tank will burst, causing a flood.

Preventing Floods in Your Church Building

flooded church San Diego CA - Gold Coast Flood RestorationsA preventive maintenance plan can reduce your risk of a church flood in San Diego.  Follow these steps to keep your building safe.

  1. Check the perimeter of your building – Check entryways, and windows for any places where you might have water intrusion. All should be tightly sealed.  Be sure and check attics, basements and crawl spaces for signs of water entry, water damage, and mold.
  2. Check your restrooms –  Make sure there are no areas where there is continued dampness or water on the floor. Look for discoloration on the ceilings and walls, check under the sink, and make sure that area is dry. Air out your restrooms to get rid of any excess moisture.
  3. Clean your gutters regularly – Water flowing down from your roof in the wrong place can pool up and create intrusion issues.  Make sure your downspouts work properly and are taking water away from your church building.
  4. Check pipe and vents on your roof – The boot around pipes and the collar around vents need to be checked and replaced if faulty.  Check your shingles for loose nails.  Have your roof inspected annually or after any major weather event.
  5. Check your water bill and meter – Your water bill and water meter can give you a pretty good idea if you have a large leak. Also, purchase a smart leak detector device for your church building. It can detect the leak and warn you through an app-based notification.
  6. Flush the water heater – In San Diego, where we have very hard water and calcium buildup it is strongly advised that the water heater be flushed at least once if not twice a year.  Doing this will help to alert you of any possible defects and a cleaner water heater will last much longer.
  7. Check the hoses of your appliances – If you have a washing machine replace the water intake hose with a steel braided hose.  They hold up much better than a rubber hose and are not prone to crack.  Check your hoses on all other appliances such as dishwashers, refrigerators, and the condensation line hose on your air conditioner.

Following these steps will go a long way to preventing a church flood San Diego.

Mold Remediation

Whenever water damage occurs there is also a good chance of mold.  Make sure you check carefully for mold after a water event. It is a good idea to have professionals do this as they can find hidden mold behind the drywall or cabinets or under carpet pads.  Mold can be very destructive and can cause health issues for some people. It is best to have someone like Gold Coast Flood Restorations with experience working with churches and expert flood & mold specialists to help you with your water damage and mold removal issues.  call them at (619) 449-9611.

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