Residential water damage can be caused by any of a number of problems. It may be a minor concern, such as a small water-pipe leak or a slightly backed up basement drain. Or it could be a major crisis, such as flooding, storm damage or sewage backup. Either way, no matter the level of severity, costly, long-term effects can take place if the damage is not addressed quickly.
If you are a residential restoration contractor, disaster-response contractor, mold remediation expert, home inspector or independent adjuster, it’s good to know how to spot those long-term effects.
Let’s take a look at the types of unfortunate consequences that can result from water damage, and why you should document those troublesome matters during a home inspection.
Water damage can have lasting effects on a home’s structure, including:
Visually apparent water damage can affect the appearance of a home. Look for:
Unattended water damage can result in destruction of a home’s contents, including:
Threats to health include any unsafe and unhygienic conditions brought on by water damage:
DID YOU KNOW: Mold spores will begin to form in as little as 24 hours after water damage occurs, and will spread over time.
Unaddressed water damage can have a detrimental effect on the valuation of a residential property. This is a major concern if the owner is looking to get top dollar when selling the home someday. Once potential buyers are made aware of any long-term water damage effects, they may quickly lose interest in making an offer.
If the damage is extensive, professional water damage restoration services can be costly. Plus, if any contents of a home are unsalvageable, purchasing replacement items can run up a big bill as well.
Here are four reasons why detailed documentation matters:
The easiest, fastest way to create a water-damage report during a home inspection is to use a mobile floor plan app with built-in reporting capabilities. This handy type of app will allow you to create and email a digital report, complete with a marked-up floor plan and photos that thoroughly explain any telltale signs of water damage.
Water damage can wreak havoc on a home. Whenever water appears in unwanted places, some sort of damage can occur – with effects that can be long-lasting. If you are responsible for inspecting a home, look for the many signs of these effects by performing a visual water damage inspection and also using moisture-detection tools. And document your findings efficiently with a high-quality, digital floor plan app with reporting capabilities.
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