The Water Damage Domino Effect
Water Damage Restoration is a complicated business, with no room for error. Many times, a water leak will lead to one problem, and that problem creates another issue, and that issue creates even more damage... and so on. In most structures, excess water and moisture often get absorbed in whatever material from which the home was built. Wood, drywall, insulation, and wallpaper all are excellent receptacles for water. Water damage in these materials can lead to warping, stains, bubbling, and deterioration. Another factor for homeowners to consider is that hidden water leaks can often be the cause of mold. A small water leak behind walls and ceilings, where it cannot easily be detected, could cause long-term health problems for the homeowner due to growing mold.
How do you know if you have water damage in your house?
There are tell-tale signs to look for, starting with dark or wet spots on the walls or ceiling. If you have wallpaper, check to see if it is peeling. Bubbling paint can also be an indicator. Another sign of water damage is drywall that has begun to flake or crack. Wet spots where they should not be, such as around pipes, sinks and toilets is another sign. You can also use your sense of smell to detect if you have water leakage. A damp or musty smell could be the first sign of water trouble. A sewage smell might also be an indicator.
The American Property Casualty Insurance Association (APCIA) estimates that 14,000 people in the USA experience a water damage emergency at home or work each and every day. The APCIA also says 98 percent of basements in the U.S. will experience some type of water damage during their lifespans. The annual cost to insurance companies from water damage and mold mitigation is $2.5 billion, according to research by the APCIA. And, the APCIA says, the average cost of a home water damage mitigation claim is $6,965. In the USA, water damage alone caused $9.1 billion in homeowner property losses from 2007 to 2009, according to stats compiled by the AIA. The AIA states that "water damage claims have been growing faster than other components of homeowners insurance."
Clean Water, Gray Water, Black Water
Water damage gets classified into one of three categories: clean water, gray water, and black water. For instance, a water leak under your sink would be clean water. This type of water is uncontaminated and does not pose a threat to humans or animals if they are exposed to it. Whereas a leak in your bathroom, which would probably contain human waste and would be considered grey water. Black water is water that is contaminated and could cause serious illness or even death to people and animals. The best example of black water is a major sewage spill. Statistics show the average homeowner spends $3,000 or more on grey water extraction due to a flooded bathroom, including drying and repairs to drywall and ceiling.
Water Damage Can Happen Anytime, Anywhere.
According to studies, water damage in homes occurs more frequently than fire, theft, natural flooding or any other type of home loss. Property damage resulting from water and leaks is the third most common cause of homeowner loss. “Water, moisture, mold, mildew, rot, and sewage are incredibly invasive, and need to be controlled from the moment of detection,” says Travers. “Every minute you wait to call is another inch that stuff’s saturating in your walls, floors, ceilings, and foundation. It’s not that you don’t want to wait, it’s more like you can’t wait. Because if you wait, that’s when the real problems start.”
When it comes to water damage, time is money
Even if they have not experienced one firsthand, most people know someone who has suffered from water damage. In addition to normal wear and tear on pipes and fixtures, colder weather plays a major part. When the temperature goes below freezing for a prolonged amount of time, pipes tend to freeze and crack, oftentimes unbeknownst to the homeowner. When the temperature rises, the broken pipe will leak water.
According to studies, the cost of restoring a home after water damage ranges from $2,000 - $35,000. That’s a very broad price range, and the reason it varies so much is because of time. Time is the X factor that makes the difference between a small problem that will barely be remembered, and a life-changing event that could potentially cost more than the value of your home. That’s a pretty big price to pay for waiting. So if you think you have a leak or other water problem in your home, it’s better to spend a little on an inspection than spend a LOT on the repairs.
Fast Response for Restoration Services in Denver, CO
Water, fire, and flood can have devastating effects; luckily, finding reliable restoration services doesn’t have to add to your stress. With Restoration Logistics, there is a team of technicians ready to restore your home or business. When you need help, contact us 24/7, and we’ll be there for you. We are one of the top disaster restoration companies in the Denver, CO area.