Water damage is the second most popular reason for homeowners to file an insurance claim; only fires are correlated with more claims
and more damage. Water damage can originate from a mixture of sources, including ruptured washing machine hoses, leaking water heaters, failed plumbing systems and leaky pipes. These leaks can
cause flooding that can warp floors, stain ceilings, and destroy personal property in the home. When you notice a leak, immediately contact a DC plumbing company to prevent further damage.
Another result of leaks and water damage is mold. Indoor mold is an added source of damage that, can cost an average of $3,000 to $4,000. Water damage linked to mold can produce claims in the range of $15,000 to $30,000.
Mold can stain ceilings, damage walls, ruin flooring, and damage ventilation systems.
Mold also has the potential to damage personal items, including electronics, clothing, furniture, pictures, and even fine art.
Not only is mold virtually impossible to remove, but it also provides poor air quality in the home. This can cause health problems for homeowners with asthma or allergies. Even those without allergies can experience eye and skin irritation or breathing problems in moldy environments.
Follow the below do-it-yourself steps to avoid water leaks, which can cause harmful health risks.
Find the origin of the leak. Sometimes it is obvious. In other instances, it is necessary to follow the water flow to find the problem.
Drain out any surplus water and dry the pipe once it is empty.
Plumbers Putty - If a leak is discovered at a joint between two pipes, adding flexible epoxy to the hole might lessen the leak until a plumber can assess the problem.
If the hole is small enough, stick a sharpened pencil into the hole, breaking off the tip, so it plugs the hole, and wrap the hole with electrical tape or duct tape.