Even a minor leak in the pipe can cause serious damage to ceilings, carpets, and hardwood floors. A leak can leave visible water stains and other irreversible damage, in addition to causing mold, which is hazardous to health. Finally, it can cause structural damage. Even a small, seemingly harmless leak can be problematic.
Water spreads quickly and is absorbed into floors, walls, soft furniture and more. If you leave water damage for too long, your insurance may not cover it and the cost of water damage in your home may be high. Many businesses suffer costly losses caused by water leaks. Water can be very destructive, whether it seeps through a loose connection or spurts out of a broken main pipe.
While the standard commercial property policy excludes many water-related losses, it does cover damage caused by a typical pipe break. Water is a blessing, but if not handled with care, it can be harmful to pipes. Water leaks occur daily throughout the average American home and cause a lot of damage. Neglecting water leaks does not lead to anything good.
This damage can be both physical and financial, and it multiplies as time goes on. The first impact of a water leak in your home is on your bill. You will see that it increases more than in previous months, and it will only increase the more you neglect it. If the leak continues, you risk facing a high bill that would cost you much more than having a professional plumber repair the leak in the first place.
What harm can a little water do? Much. Often, due to leaks in the slabs, water can seep into the steel or concrete foundations of your home. With sufficient exposure, it can cause cracks and, eventually, the rupture of structures. Some of it can reach the surface from the slabs and damage the appearance and structure of the surface.
When drywall begins to absorb water from a leaking pipe or other forms of water damage, it begins to warp and swell. This can also happen with other materials and, if left untreated for too long, can compromise the structural integrity of the house. This is more dangerous when it comes to support beams and other important structures in the house. However, even simple deformation can cause an unsightly hole in the wall, which, if combined with a mold outbreak, can quickly make things go from being simply ugly to impossible to live with.
It also excludes damage caused by the presence or condensation of moisture, moisture or vapor that lasts for 14 days or more. A roofer should inspect your roof once a year to check if shingles are missing or broken or if there are cracks that could let water into your house. The Special Causes of Loss form excludes damage caused by water that leaks or leaks continuously for 14 days or more. You can protect your business against property damage caused by sewer accumulations by purchasing backup sewer coverage.
This damage is more structural and can be as expensive, if not more so, than the medical expenses that mold can incur. Many commercial property policies contain water exclusions, such as those found on the ISO standard special causes of loss form. One of the biggest health consequences of water damage is the growth of molds and fungi in the home. Your basement or mezzanine should have a sump pump to defend your home against floods that could cause significant damage to your home.
Hardwood floors, for example, are damaged if any amount of accumulated water is allowed to sit for about a day, causing the boards to bend and other repair problems. For minor water damage, dry the house above your house, but professionals are needed for more serious damage. The Special Causes of Loss Form also covers sudden water leaks from fire protection systems. For example, a maintenance worker replaces a lighting device when they accidentally damage a sprinkler pipe.
In addition, mold grows with water damage and is a cause for particular concern when moisture hides behind walls and in other hard-to-reach areas. Assuming your property policy includes building coverage, it should cover the cost of replacing the damaged floor. The Special Causes of Loss form excludes the cost of repairing any defect in an appliance or system through which water or other material flows. The Special Causes of Loss form is an all-risk form, meaning it covers damage caused by any hazard that isn't specifically excluded.