Repairing water damage can be costly, depending upon a few variables—the location of the damage, how long it’s gone unnoticed and what materials are affected. The cost of the problem can also increase regarding health and safety issues. The best way to avoid costly cleanups, hospital bills, and renovations is to address any potential leaks, or flooding, as soon as you notice them.

Prevention Is Key In Avoiding Water Damage

Stopping water damage before it starts is always the best defense. Routinely check for leaks around your home and repair any cracks and holes, replace old pipes, varnish wood surfaces, install sealants around your doors and windows, and make sure a proper ventilation system is in place and working as it should. While this may cause you to spend a few hundred dollars initially, ultimately it will save you thousands of dollars down the road, should a leak cause mold damage in your home or business.

The Most Common Causes Of Water Damage

Do you live in a flood prone area? Does your roof have holes and cracks? Do you have rusted or burst pipes, a leaky toilet or window and door installations where water can get in? Are your gutters cleaned? Do you have places water can collect around your home? Any of these situations can add to the bigger problem of mold infestation. Therefore, it’s important to keep an eye on these causes so you can catch them early on and avoid a larger problem.

What Will Homeowner’s Insurance Cover?

As long as the damage is caught soon after it occurs, most homeowner’s insurance will cover water damage. However, if an insurance company can prove negligence on the part of the owner, then they can refuse to pay. So, time is of the essence in taking care of the potential issues, so your insurance will cover you. Also, if you live in an area that is prone to flooding, check into flood insurance—which is separate from homeowner’s insurance—to complete your coverage needs.

What Happens When A Leak Goes Unchecked?

If a leak is unchecked for too long, there is potential for mold and mildew in your home. Mold grows where it can’t be seen, and where ventilation is not adequate. Basement corners, under rugs and carpets, and between walls and baseboards are places where leaks, and subsequent mold, hides. By the time you find it, there might be extensive damage to your home and your health.
If you think you have a leak, or you can see or smell mold, call a mold remediation specialist immediately to answer any questions or concerns about your mold issue. They can test for mold and if there’s a problem, fix the leak, dry out your home, and clean your mold infestation promptly, safely, and efficiently.