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What a Water Leak Does To a Home

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Our homes are meant to last through most weather that might threaten us. Whether you have floods, hurricanes or other natural disasters coming through your area, you expect your house to protect you from the elements.

However, your house isn’t invincible, and you’ll sometimes have to deal with the damage that might happen. Mainly, you’ll find yourself dealing with water leaks and the sort of costs this damage can incur.

What a Water Leak Does To a Home

Fortunately, if you’re prepared, you’ll know what you need to do when rain damages your home, and you’ll know who can help you in your time of need.

First, let’s break down the main concerns of water leaks in a home.

What a Water Leak Does To A Home’s Structure

Water damage can cause severe damage to any wooden frame. Wood is naturally porous and tends to swell as it absorbs water, which can cause the frame to distort and lose the strength of which that supports your home.

When water gets behind your exterior wall, it is not exposed to the sun to dry. Moisture behind your exterior wall will lead to wood rot in your structure. The structure that rots is what is holding up your roof.

If the stilts on which your roof is held up on rot then the pressure from the weight of the roof will cause stair stepping cracks in your brick, cracks through brick or stone, and eventually window sills being pulled down along with the rotted wood structure of your home. If windows start to go south, then eventually your whole home could go south.

Ironically, all of the crucial parts of the structure of your home are around your windows. Windows are where the structure can be most affected early on by rain leaks if preventative maintenance is not performed.

If preventative maintenance is not performed and water damage goes undetected or un-repaired, then not only can your structure collapse, but your windowsills will start to warp, that nice wood floor could be destroyed, paint and drywall will be damaged along with other important aspects of the basic foundation.

Dangers a Water Leak Presents

There are plenty of dangers for you to consider, as well. Water damage is certainly going to put the wiring and light systems in your house in jeopardy. Water conducts electricity very well, and this can easily cause the electric wiring in your home to short-circuit. This may cause fires or shocks when you attempt to use electrical appliances.

With the presence of rainwater intrusion, mildew could be growing in your home. If you have allergies this could affect you greatly. If you notice a musty smell in your home this is an indicator that you may have a rain leak especially if the smell arises after a rain storm.

Your pocketbook could be in danger as well with rain water leaks. If left in disrepair your overall structural integrity is affected. Fixing the structure of your home is much more expensive than fixing the source of a leak with preventative maintenance.

Water leaks aren’t particularly easy for a layperson to find or fix – in fact, many people have water damage in their home and don’t realize it. You’ll need the help of a professional to find the problem and provide the right solution to the water leaks in your house.

Where can you find help?

The only way you can deal with water leaks in your home is to call professionals. You may have noticed some of the more visible water leaks in your home, but there are likely water leaks in places you can’t see. For instance, a water leak from your roof might reach your wiring even if you see no damage within or around your house.

Under these circumstances, you’ll need to call experts who can find water leaks and fix them for you. We understand what to look for, and we know what to do, so get in touch with us today.

 


 

References:
http://theplumbingco.net/blog/water-leak-consequences-on-home-and-health/
http://www.floridadisaster.org/hrg/downloads/water_leaks.pdf
https://www.angieslist.com/articles/7-unexpected-dangers-leaky-roof.htm
http://www.startribune.com/photos-from-new-construction-home-inspections-part-v/350960901/

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