Granite and water damage


I live in southern California. I have granite countertops and over the years I've noticed grout cracks between my granite and the tile splash on the sink side. Could the constant water from washing dishes seep in through those cracks and cause wall damage? How can I find out if the walls are wet? I've checked the walls that I have access to and they don't feel wet. Could a leak detector find the source?

Plus, our neighborhood is prone to those nasty large roaches that hang out in moist areas. I'm not a fan of those damn pests and they do multiply like crazy. When I noticed the little 1 inch (baby) critters I start to wonder and now drive myself crazy trying to find the source. I had this problem in my bathroom shower when opening up the wall during the demo; thousands of those critters were in the wall from water damage.

If I have wall damage then I definitely need to repair the problem sooner rather than later. My problem is I love my granite and cannot afford to...

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Water Damaged Bathrooms

The bathroom is a common source of water damage in homes in Granite Bay and across the country. There are many reasons for this, but the main reason is simply ...

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A smaller and more minor

water spot

caused by rain water leaking through a roof.

Water damage describes a large number of possible losses caused by water intruding where it will enable attack of a material or system by destructive processes such as rotting of wood, growth, rusting of steel, de-laminating of materials such as plywood, and many others.

The damage may be imperceptibly slow and minor such as water spots that could eventually mar a surface, or it may be instantaneous and catastrophic such as flooding. However fast it occurs, water damage is a major contributor to loss of property.

An insurance policy may or may not cover the costs associated with water damage and the process of water damage restoration. While a common cause of residential water damage is often the failure of a sump pump, many homeowner's insurance policies do not cover the associated costs without an addendum which adds to the monthly premium of the policy. Often the...

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Our experienced lineup of technitions have been trained in the most up to date methods of water removal from one room to an entire home and surrounding areas. Water which is allowed to collect can cause several harmful side effects like toxic mold issues which is unsafe not only to you and your family but to anyone who is exposed to it. Our mold remediation service and document drying services are also available to you if water damage is not cleaned up fast enough and starts to soak into your documents. We also offer fire damage restoration.

Give our office a call and allow our curtious staff to help you in removing any water that is in your home.

You can reach us at 1-800 222-6815 if you are having any water, smoke, sewage damage cleanup or mold problems!

Pumpin’ It Out: Choosing a Sump Pump for Water Removal

When we talk of water removal services, perhaps the first thing that comes into your mind is a sump pump. Sump pumps are frequently used for...

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Consider granite to be the godfather of all natural stones, the one that marble might go to for advice or slate, with a question. It’s absolutely beautiful, which is surely one of the reasons it’s so beloved, but better than that it’s tough. A diamond is the only thing certain to scratch granite’s surface, but your new set of knives? Probably not. This is why you can find granite in kitchens, where knives are cutting and hot pans are set down without a thought. This stuff can hold its own.

But then you have to clean it. Especially because it’s not cheap to install granite countertops or granite flooring, the thought of cleaning it – and causing damage in the process – can be horrifying. Like marble and most natural stones, granite does not respond well to things acidic, like lemons and wine and especially vinegar. If you remember one thing, remember this: do not use vinegar to clean your granite. Vinegar is an amazing, natural cleaning agent, but it can etch (dull) your...

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Granite is incredibly durable, but it isn’t completely impervious to damage. Some forms of damage are more common than others, but all can be the result of a mishap or mistake. Here are 7 of the most common forms of granite countertop damage and tips on how to prevent them.

1. Stains

Granite is very resistant to stains, but even water can still cause temporary discoloration if it’s allowed to soak in. Any liquids that penetrate the stone can leave stains, especially oils, fruit juice, and wine. The good news is that oil stains can be lifted with a homemade paste made of baking soda and acetone, and organic stains can be removed by soaking a paper towel in bleach and placing it on the affected area.

How to prevent stains: Make sure you seal your granite regularly with a high-quality granite sealer like Granite Gold Sealer® to provide a barrier against liquids. Wipe up any spills right away.

2. Etching

Etching is a chemical...

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What is Granite Shoals TX Flooding Repair ?

When the topic of Granite Shoals TX Flooding Repair services comes up, many often think of three basic services: water, fire, and mold. There is a good reason for this; these three issues tend to get the most attention because they are the most prevalent and potentially devastating. There are serious health implications related to these three hazards beyond the amount their repairs cost. According to the Center for Disease Control, or CDC, exposure to mold can cause symptoms from hay fever and asthma exacerbation to immune related disease or cancer.

What most people don’t realize is choosing a provider ofGranite Shoals TX Flooding Repair go far beyond those basic services. In fact, there are plenty of other services that may require a professional to address, such as disaster recovery, structural drying, carpet cleaning and installation, upholstery cleaning, asphalt and concrete, seal coating, garment restoration and...

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Please advise tips to remove hard water stains on marble and granite countertops as I am facing a severe problem. I am unable to use any chemicals and acids in the market as they may harm the stone.


That's correct. Most common cleaners (and particularly those for removing hard water) will damage the finish of the stone. The formulations are much too caustic.

This Soap Scum / Hard Water Remover is your best bet... it's specially formulated for use on marble, granite and all natural stone.

It's the best product we've ever found for removing hard water deposits on marble and granite countertops. Very effective and totally safe... will not damage marble or any natural stone.

Excellent for removing soap scum in showers and baths too.

Both hard water deposits and soap scum are tough to remove. General cleaners don't work, which is why a product specifically formulated for this problem is needed.


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DuPont, a company known for construction products like nylon, invented the material used in Corian in the 1960s. Corian is made from a combination of natural minerals and high quality acrylics. Acrylic resin is combined with aluminum trihydrate in the manufacturing process used to make Corian.

Granite, a type of igneous rock, is formed when molten lava cools under the Earth’s surface. It contains minerals, like quartz, biotite mica, feldspar, and occasionally amphibole. The stone is blasted out of quarries as huge blocks of rock and then taken to a facility where the blocks are polished and cut into slabs for countertops.


Corian is nonporous and can be fabricated to achieve a seamless look. There are no spaces or nooks in the material to catch liquid spills or dirt, a fact that makes Corian countertops both durable and easy to clean. Moreover, the material is resistant to stains and often relatively easy to repair.


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Every day we receive many questions about granite and stone. Most questions refer to negative rumors people have heard. Please keep in mind most of these rumors were started as a result of marketing plans from competitors of granite. We will try to address the most common ones we hear.

1. I have heard that granite needs to be sealed frequently. Is that true?

Answer: Probably not! That is the short answer. But, this is a very complicated answer with many different directions possible. First, The Marble Institute of America’s position is that most granite does not need sealing. It is of a dense enough material to be frost proof, or have a water absorption rate so low that it will not entertain a damaging amount of water in case of a freezing temperature. Will sealing improve this status? Possibly, but only minimally so. Most granite is very stain resistant so what are we trying to improve?

With that being said, some granite will benefit from sealing. That...

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If your home has granite countertops or granite flooring, then you must have witnessed stains caused due to hard water on them. Not only such hard water stains on granite look shabby, but it is also very difficult to remove them. Hard water gets deposited over the granite and stains it in the shape of the rings.

These stains can hamper the quality of the marble and can cause discoloration on it. If not removed timely, the stains can form a solid layer which will not be easy to clean. Granite is a porous stone in which water or other liquid seep in and cause damage to the stone. There are two types of stains which are caused by water on granite. The first type is when is just a water stain which is left behind when you leave a vessel of water on the granite.

The second type of stain is the stain caused due running hard water. Hard water stains are rather hard to remove. It is important to remove hard water stains from granite in your home so that your home looks clean...

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The new year often comes with plans for bettering ourselves, our lifestyles and our homes. Do you have a home renovation planned for 2016? Many homeowners start their renovations with the kitchen or the bathroom, and one of the key elements in either of these rooms is the counter-tops. Are you stuck on which countertops to choose?

While it’s a nice touch to have custom-cut granite countertops in Denver, prefabricated slabs have their benefits and may be the right choice for you and your home. Here’s a couple things to think about when considering prefabricated slabs:

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Prefab slabs are made with rounded off corners called bull-nosed edges. They usually come with matching backsplashes as well. For the most part, they are generally unfinished on one side. Because of this, prefab slabs are good for counters where the unfinished edge can sit against a wall, but they’re not recommended for something like a kitchen island where the...

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Granite, a quartz-based stone, is often considered the queen of the stones for flooring purposes. Salt, pepper and veined patterns, very similar to marble, are very common.

Granite is particularly hard, ensuring durability and water- and staining resistance. Though largely moisture-resistant, it should be sealed in moisture-prone rooms.

Granite - like other stones - varies in its quality, appearance and porosity... Strictly speaking there aren't two granite stones alike, even when they come from the same quarry and belong to the same grade. There is always differences, even within the same grade.

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If you pride yourself on maintaining a safe and healthy home, a little bit of water damage is not something to overlook. Whether a 100-year flood or a leaky roof, water damage should not be left untreated. The smallest of leaks can lead to mold and mildew growth and seriously impact your home’s and your family’s health.

Excessive moisture in your carpets or flooring can:

Promote the growth of mold and bacteria

Lower your homes air quality

Lead to cracks in foundations and eat away at structural supports

Result in expensive repairs to flooring, carpet and other possessions

Chem-Dry’s professionally trained water damage inspectors and technicians will quickly detect the source of a leak or any flooding. After they discover the source they will discuss with you the best solution to avoiding any further damage to your carpet, flooring furniture and other household belongings.

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Hey... Granite counter top care is no big deal... Really! I know it may not seem that way as many myths and mis-interpretations get passed around creating head-spinning confusion. But cleaning granite is a breeze... once you learn the simple secrets, correct cleaning methods, and proper maintenance.

It’s all fully explained below. You’ll have it down in no time and confidently keep all your countertops looking fabulous for decades.

First Lesson of Granite Countertop Care

Correct knowledge is key. Beware of all the conflicting advice about granite countertop care floating around out there. Some is spot on. Some is dead wrong.

Most errors in advice or solutions are due to over-generalization, a lack of understanding, and/or misinterpretation of correct methods.

So, it's easy to get confused, frustrated and start to worry that you're going to accidentally ruin your countertops.

Or worse, experiment with some method that you shouldn’t...

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