Water. It’s a pretty amazing substance, right? We’d, y’know, die without it. But the reverence with which we should view water shouldn’t blind us to the fact that it can be quite the mischief at times. It can cause some pretty severe damage to your home – damage that can wreck your foundations and create breeding grounds for nasty bacteria.
We’re going to take a quick look at the problem of water damage in the home!
The common causes
Water damage can occur in a variety of ways. If there’s too much moisture buildup in your air, then this can create damp, which the cause of most mold problems! Plumbing leaks are the most common cause of really big water damage events; these are particularly troubling because it can be hard to tell that there’s a problem until it’s too late. A leaky roof is also of particular concern. You have to remember just how much of a beating your roof takes throughout the year; eventually, all that wind, rain, snow, and even sun can weaken it.
Types of damage
A lot of people massively underestimate the damage that water can do to your home. Admittedly, there are some instances where the damage – and the danger presented to you – is pretty low. Leaky pipes and faucets, for example, usually cause pretty minor damage at first. Things escalate slightly if this causes mold to grow – you should never underestimate how dangerous it is to live in a house with mold! Roof leaks tend to cause more ‘medium level’ damage, but if you ignore such a problem then you may see much more severe damage to your roof and the rooms directly below it. Natural disasters and pipes that burst violently can result in severe damage that generally requires experts to be on the case as soon as possible.
What to do
If there’s already been an ugly instance of water damage in your home, then it’s best to get an expert to see to it. Restoration is what you need to be looking into. ServiceMaster Restoration by Zaba is the sort of thing you might want to consider. Beyond that, it’s best to make sure that you can prevent damage from occurring in the first place. Taking action to reduce moisture buildup in your air is definitely a start. You should also research your plumbing system in detail; that way, you’ll be able to identify when there’s a problem with more reliability. You should also ensure your roof isn’t leaking!
It’s essential that you understand your home insurance policies very carefully. A lot of people assume that they’ll be covered by their policies when water damage takes place, but this isn’t always the case. This is especially true if the damage took place due to natural flooding – many policies are actually designed to prevent insurance companies having to pay out in
the event of such a flood. It’s best that you know where you stand in terms of your insurance policies before anything happens. If you live in an area that has been deemed to be a natural flood risk, then you may need to pay high fees for flood insurance.