When stormwaters crash down your front door, a catastrophic flood could lead to tens of thousands of dollars in repair costs. However, a slow drip or a leaky pipe can cause even more devastating to your home. A water leak can play havoc with your health and with your property, over time, just as surely as a full-scale flood would.
Signs of Leaking Water Pipes
Slow leaks are dangerous BECAUSE they are so hard to detect. Look around, can you notice signs that something that isn’t quite right with your water lines?
- Water bill is significantly higher
- Random patch of wet – or previously wet – drywall
- Moldy smell in a closed space
- Decreased water pressure
- Darkened ceiling paint or bubbled ceiling plaster
Risks And Consequences
Persistent water issues may be caused by leaking joints, clogs in your water lines, poor workmanship, failed solderings, or simply old age. When water is left to sit over time, your property can suffer.
Mold And Fungal Growth
All homes have mold spores, even with new construction. In dry areas, spores can lay dormant for decades, never causing a problem. However, moisture triggers growth. Mold spores can proliferate, travel through the HVAC system, and pollute the indoor air.
When drywall starts to absorb water from a leaky pipe or other forms of water damage, it begins to warp and swell. Wood deterioration, weakened framing, and damaged support beams can compromise the structural integrity of the home. Drywall can become brittle, warp, and develop mold, requiring replacement. Slow leaks can escalate from simply ugly to unlivable.
Fire hazard From Water Damage
When water comes into prolonged contact with outlets, wiring, or electrical boxes, the system can become compromised and unsafe. A leaky roof or plumbing could pose a fire threat due to shorted out wires. If you suspect, have an electrician examine it.
The most obvious and immediate effects of water damage are aesthetic – staining, discoloration, and streaks along the walls. Water deposits on tile and concrete are difficult to remove. Permanent stains on walls and floors resist paint and will decrease the value of your home.
Bugs, Fungus, Mildew, and Mold
Insects are attracted to moisture; they seek out wet areas to lay their eggs. The hatching and dying bugs spread bacteria and attract more bugs. In this humidity, mold, fungus, and mildew to develop and spread easily.
Lower Property Values
A history of water damage drives down the value of your home. When the inspection process discloses previous damage, your compromised bargaining position will drive down the final selling price. Taking care of water leaks right away will prevent that damage from occurring and help to maintain the value of your home.
Ally1 Disaster Solutions
When it comes to water damage cleanup in St. George, you want the best people handling the situation. The Ally1 Disaster Solutions crew is certified, experienced, and available with immediate response 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for water damage cleanup at (435) 238- 4852. Ally1 Disaster Solutions uses state-of-the-art equipment, while Insurance Claims
Specialists work directly with YOUR insurance company. Locally owned and with 20 years of experience in the industry, they are Southern Utah’s most experienced and trusted restoration professionals.