If you are a home owner, you have undoubtedly come across several home maintenance issues over the course of owning your home. From HVAC and plumbing issues, to issues with drafty windows and doors, you always should be prepared for anything that may present itself. Water damage is one of them. If you suspect that you have water leaking into your home and you aren’t sure where the water is coming from you may need to look into professional water leak detection.
Finding the Source
Finding the source of the water leaking into your home is the first thing that you need to do to address the leak and to stop it. You will have to allow a professional full access to your home if you are unsure of where the water is coming from.Water usually leaks in from damaged roofs, gutters that may not be draining properly or that could be clogged, pipes that have cracked or are faulty or burst pipes and broken water lines. If you live in a flood zone your home could be at risk from storms, major rainfall or flooding. Regardless of where the water is coming from it needs to be addressed before it costs you thousands of dollars in home repair and restoration.
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Potential Damage to Your Home
Water leaking into your home over time can cause damage that you may not even be aware of. Aside from posing health hazards to you and your family water damage can cause structural damage to your home if it goes unnoticed or worse yet ignored. You may not realize the extent of the damage right away but if there has been water leaking into your home for quite some time you could have a serious situation on your hands. Water damage can wreak havoc on your home could cost you thousands of dollars to clean up and repair. The average insurance claim for water damage in the US hovers around approximately $5000 depending on where you live and the extent of the damage.
Water leakage and standing water in your home can pose serious health risks to you and your family. Water damaged areas in your home can be breeding grounds for toxins and allergens like mold, mildew and other funguses. Exposure to mold can cause negative health issues for you, your family and your pets. Mold exposure can aggravate people that suffer from asthma and those who are already ill or who have weak immune systems. Standing water in your home and can also provide ideal habitats for household pests and insects such as mosquitoes and termites. These potential threats to your health can be avoided if you get on top of the cause your water leakage sooner than later.
Even if you are aware of where the source of the water is coming from, there may be other sources that could be damaging your home without you even knowing it.
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