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The Danger Slow Leaks Present to your Missoula Home

5/13/2021 (Permalink)

bubbled plaster due to long-term water damage. Long-term water damage can lead to warped walls, discoloration, and mold.

Water damage caused by a long-term leak or other source of moisture accumulation over time is scary for homeowners for multiple reasons. In many cases, homeowners have no idea a leak is there, but because insurance is meant to cover sudden and accidental damage, claims for long-term water losses are often denied. Long-term water damage also regularly leads to secondary damages like mold.

As a homeowner, the best way to deal with long-term water damage is to prevent it. Like any other part of your home, pipes experience wear and tear, and regular maintenance and periodic replacements may be necessary to keep things running smoothly. Scheduling an annual or bi-annual plumbing inspection can help you figure out if any repairs are necessary. For instance, a plumber can check to see if your water pressure is too high or if your water has a high mineral content—both of which can stress your pipes and reduce their lifespan—and recommend an appropriate fix. 

If an out-of-sight leak does occur, how can you know? There are a few common signs to watch out for: your water bill is significantly higher than usual; decreased water pressure in your home; wet spots around sinks, toilets, or tubs; warped, discolored, or wet walls; a persistent mildew smell. If you can see or smell signs of water damage in your home, or if your plumber discovers a long-term leak, call SERVPRO of Missoula as soon as possible. Our technicians can be onsite within the hour to begin mitigating the damage. If insurance coverage is a concern, we also provide estimates so you know exactly what to expect before any work begins.

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