3 Things First Time Homeowners Should Know About Water Damage
TIPS FROM MENOLD CONSTRUCTION AND RESTORATION FOR FIRST TIME HOME BUYERS.
A recent pair of newlywed customers came to Menold Construction and Restoration because they were first time home-buyers and didn't realize there was considerable damage due to water seeping into the basement during storms. As you can imagine, with the recent wet weather we've been having, this couple was frantic they would be set back hundreds of thousands of dollars because of this discovery. At Menold, our Residential Water Damage Restoration services eliminated the problem for this couple, giving them the peace of mind that their home was truly their own.
At Menold Construction and Restoration, we know that starting out in life can be tough and buying your first home is no exception. When looking to buy, consider how water damage can factor into your budgeting and housing expenses. While you shouldn't turn away a house because of slight water damage, significant water damage in a home can add up. Not only is it costly, but it can also become a health hazard. Moisture creates inviting climates for bacteria to grow and spread. Mold is another concern…
Menold Construction and Restoration wants first time homeowners to know what to expect if they buy a home that is impacted by some form of water damage:
- The warning signs of water damage may not be obvious. Most serious problems home inspectors come across deal with unseen, ongoing water damage. Water leaking down into a basement or cellar, liquid pooling into small, hard to reach crawl spaces, and even rainwater trickling down from roofs eroding at the siding and fixtures lead to rot, mold, and erosion of your home.
- Not all water damage is covered by homeowner's insurance. It's recommended you look over your insurance policy and familiarize yourself with sections pertaining to water damage coverage. For example, most policies cover sudden damage, like water damage from a nasty storm or flood. On the other hand, any water damage that happens because you didn't maintain the property may be excluded entirely from your policy.
- Water damage becomes more expensive to repair the longer you wait. Water damage can worsen every second water remains in that environment. Additionally, secondary damage from mold growth can be a major threat to you and your family's health. There is a 48-hour window from the time moisture is present until mold can begin to grow. After that time, mold will multiply at extremely high rates.