PROTECTING YOUR HOME FROM COSTLY WATER DAMAGE AND MOLD
You are well aware that water is an essential part of life. But simply because you need water to live, it doesn’t mean your home needs it as well. In fact , water anywhere in or around your home can be quite a serious problem with high priced consequences. You might think that a bit of water is no big deal. While a small spill isn’t anything to worry about, a burst water pipe, flooded basement, or leaky roof can cost you a fortune. How much exactly? Here are a few things you should know:
Fixing a single leaky or missing shingle can cost from $100 to $300 (not counting water damage).
A flooded basement will cost between $500 to $10, 000 to dry and repair. Factors that contribute to cost include the size of the basement, the severity of the flood, and the length of time the basement was flooded.
A burst water pipe will surely cost at least $5, 000 to fix, and can cost as much as $70, 000 in damages.
Homeowners or flood insurance will usually cover water damage costs but not always the full amount (and this will depend on the cause as well).
Water damage is a serious problem with potentially serious financial consequences. What can you do to protect your home and prevent problems in the first place? With a few careful additions, steps, and prevention methods, most homeowners can all but eliminate the danger of water damage ruining your home.
BEAR IN MIND, STAY INFORMED
One of the most essential things you can do to prevent water damage and save money is to be aware of your property environment and stay informed about what’s around you. What exactly does that mean? Below are a few things you should know:
Know how old your home is, what the pipes are made of, and what type of dilemmas usually plague homes the same as yours. If you live in an adult home it’s important to know what the pipes are made of (you will find that out by calling a plumbing service, asking the previous homeowner, or hiring an inspector). There are a variety of pipe materials used in new and old homes, plus some are more prone to leaks than others.
Be aware of your climate. Do you live somewhere cold and snowy? If therefore you might need to insulate your pipes throughout the winter. With no bit of insulation, exposed pipes can freeze, crack, and burst. As mentioned above, a burst pipe can cost thousands of dollars to fix. But do not think the only pipes you need to worry about are those that are exposed; even pipes underneath your home, in your garage, or near outer walls can freeze. Luckily, all it takes is a little foam insulation to prevent most problems.
Being aware of the weather problems are common in your area. Weather is probably the biggest factor you need to consider when preventing water damage and mold. Make sure you know what to expect and take specific measures to guard your home.
Look over your water supply bill each month and pay attention to unusual fluctuations. If you find you are paying more than you should, it may indicate a leak.