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Places to Be on Guard for Water Damage | SERVPRO® of Gwinnett County South

9/24/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage can happen as a result of severe weather, but it can also happens for a variety of other reasons. Weather-related causes are the most familiar, but certainly are not the only cause homeowners should be concerned with.

Water damage is both a complicated and costly endeavor. Many homeowner’s insurance policies do not cover water damage, and when they do, the average claim totals nearly $7,000. Knowing the places to be on guard for water damage is wise for homeowners and can help them avoid unnecessary expenses.

Where to Look for Water Damage
  • The cabinets under the sink. The area under a sink can often hide small drips, which can turn into big water damage and give rise to mold in the dark, damp area.

  • Behind the tub casing. The caulk that seals tubs will wear out over time, leaving a perfect crack for water to slip through.

  • Behind drywall. Drywall is made to hide the structure of the home, but it can also hide water damage to that structure—especially following floods or burst pipes elsewhere in the home.

  • At roof intersections. The seals around common roof intersections such as chimneys and exhaust fans are designed to keep out water but are not designed to last forever.

  • Inside an AC unit. The line that drains condensation from the air conditioning unit can become clogged, causing a backup that dispenses water inside of the unit instead.

  • Beneath appliances. Washing machines and dishwashers pump a large volume of water into and out of the house and can cause hidden leaks that lead to costly repairs.

  • Behind exterior faucets. A house’s siding can easily hide a leak from an exterior faucet, which can occur when its bond to the water pipe falters.

If your home has suffered water damage (even in a hidden place like one of these), we are happy to help! Give us a call right away, and we’ll get there quickly.

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