The kitchen is the heart of your home. Not only is it the center of cooking and serving food, but it is also the command center for cleaning. To create all that kitchen magic, you’ll use a lot of water.
With an abundance of pipes, water lines, and appliances, you have a lot of opportunities for trouble. Unfortunately drips, streams, and splashes can lead to damage to the materials in the home. In both the kitchen and in your bathrooms, the walls behind the counter are designed to protect the walls and home.
“Backsplash” is the term used for the vertical surface that prevents “splashes” of oil, water, food, and soap from staining and then damaging the walls. It can extend a few inches above the counter or it can go as high as the ceiling to protect the wall behind the sink against water damage.
Backsplashes are more than just functional and protective pieces. One of the most popular materials for kitchen or bathroom backsplashes is the countertop material itself. It’s a sleek, integrated look that fits in well with contemporary kitchens. When solid surface or quartz countertops are fabricated, often a piece is sliced off and used on the back of the countertop as a backsplash. As long as that seam is solid, water will not be able to seep behind the wall.
The grout should be sealed and maintained to protect it from water damage. Check for signs of mildew or loose or missing grout. An inexpensive option is the popular peel-and-stick backsplashes made of several layers of vinyl. Again, the seams are the vulnerable areas. Make sure that the surface has continuous contact with the wall; watch for edges that peel away.
When you do your daily wipe-downs and weekly cleanings, do a quick visual inspection of any areas where water collects. It is more difficult to monitor any damage to the materials of the cabinet. If you find or suspect any water damage, clear out all the items, then place a line of paper towels on the horizontal surface. Now you’ll have a tool to pinpoint any drips and leaks. Call a reliable professional service provider to help you restore the damage.
If you discover loose tiles, missing grout, water stains, or other signs of water damage, calling a professional for an inspection can be the best way to find a quick repair solution. During that complementary walk-through, the technician will discover the source and extent of damage to the counter, cabinets, floors, and backsplash. Only after understanding the problem, and rectifying the plumbing issues, can they suggest solutions.
In some cases, individual tiles can be replaced for a quick fix. Sometimes, more extensive repairs are needed in the cabinets before the counters can be replaced. During any water damage restoration, the restoration team will work quickly, effectively, and safely in your home.
Sometimes excess water in the kitchen or bathroom can cause substantial water damage to the backsplash, cabinets, and floors. If you discover a problem, Dry Pros can respond immediately with professional technicians, top-of-the-line equipment, and loads of experience. They will repair and restore, giving you a safe home for your family to move back into. Trust the experts to dry your property quickly, protect your property from unnecessary damage, and prevent future mold growth.