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Monday, May 7, 2018

Things to Know About Water Damage

If you have a leaky roof or you have a pipe that has been dripping and you have not addressed it, you need to know that it is not safe to ignore this problem. 




While you may think that it is a minor problem, the truth is that it can quickly cause larger problems. In just a few weeks or months, you could be dealing with a problem that you will have to pay a lot of money to fix.


5 Things to Know About Water Damage



Here are five things that you should be aware of with water damage:

• Repair quickly. When you have water coming from somewhere into your home, you will want to fix it quickly. It can be easy to ignore but it will get more expensive as time goes on. A simple leaky pipe could leave you having to not only contact a plumber but contacting a contractor to rebuild floors and walls. For some people, they waited too long and things like their bathtub fell in, leading to further costly repairs. Do yourself a favor and get a professional out to address the problem as soon as you see it.

• Insurance. Unfortunately, there are many people who have paid into their insurance policies only to find out that their policy will not cover the damage done by water. Your insurance company is more likely to pay for a minor problem such as a leaky roof when it is first discovered.

• Selling. A home that has had water damage is much harder to sell than one that has not. If you decide to sell your home due to the water damage, you may be forced to take a lower price or be forced to repair the damage before your home is ever sold. Potential buyers are less likely to purchase a home that has been the victim of water damage, no matter the cause.

• Structural. A leaky roof can cause extreme structural damage in your home. In some cases, people have ignored roof leaks and their roof has collapsed. Roof leaks can also cause damage into your walls and reach your floors. Left untreated, you could end up paying more than your home’s worth in repairs.

• Mold. Where there’s water, there’s mold, if it is left long enough. When you have wet floors and drywall, mold can set in quickly. Within 24 hours your walls and other structures could be growing mold. People with asthma and allergies can have a reaction quickly to this growing mold. There are studies that show that this mold can also cause problems even if you are completely healthy. Once mold sets into your house, it can be hard to get out.

Water can damage your home quickly. Therefore, you need to ensure that you fix any leaks that you might have and why you need to inspect your home frequently for any leaks. If you see any leaks or signs of water damage, you need to address the situation quickly for the sake of your health and your bank account.

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