Why Water Damage in Your Home Is the Worst

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Water damage: it’s something you’ve probably had to deal with at some point in your life (and no, we aren’t talking about accidentally leaving your phone outside in the rain) because it makes up nearly one quarter of all residential property damage in the U.S. Sometimes it’s due to a failing sump pump; sometimes your dishwasher decides to have a minor explosion when you’re gone for the day. But most often, water damage occurs because a torrential downpour decides to take place over your house for about four days, and apparently there was a leak somewhere in your house… which you only discovered when you walked down to your basement and found out that it had turned into a swimming pool.

And this is where it starts to get really frustrating.

First of all, the cost of water damage cleanup is not something you want to deal with — and what’s even worse is that you (probably) weren’t expecting to have to deal with it. The average cost to make repairs after storm damage has occurred hovers around $3,000 – $5,000, and many homeowners insurance policies don’t cover water damage costs when natural flooding occurs, especially if you can’t prove that your house was in perfect condition before the flooding took over. In other words, if you haven’t familiarized yourself lately with your insurance policy, you may want to do so — and don’t be surprised if there are quite a few caveats where water damage is involved.

And second, since it started with some bad weather, and you really can’t control the weather, it starts to feel like you’re completely out of control. Does your house happen to stand in the middle of flood prone areas? Is your yard in serious need of a new landscape design that doesn’t result in drainage problems every time it so much as sprinkles outside? All of these factors make it all the more difficult to protect your house against storm damage.

But here’s why you shouldn’t give up hope just yet: there are a bunch of ways you can prevent damage from happening, and there are experts out there who can figure out which strategy will be the most effective for your house. Maybe you need to waterproof the interior of your basement, maybe the exterior, or maybe your yard needs to have a drainage system involved — it’s okay if you aren’t sure what will be best for your house. All you need to know is how to get in touch with your local waterproofing contractors. For more, read this link.

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