I never knew the extent of damage that hail could cause to a home. Of course, I realized that windows could break, but I never imagined my roof getting damaged, the siding getting destroyed and the gutters nearly being taken off the side of the house. After our neighborhood was hit by a storm that included golf-ball sized hail, I quickly learned how devastating those little ice-balls can be. If you are going through the same repairs and clean-up efforts, visit my blog. My blog includes tips that can help you identify hail damage and learn what to do to repair it.
For homeowners, few feelings are as dreadful as thinking about how extensive water damage might be. You might wonder if your house will ever recover. Fortunately, contractors can restore most places quickly, even the ones with extensive water damage. Four factors will affect whether you can restore your home and how much effort might be involved.
Type of Damage
The difference between the damage from a leaky sink drain and the total flooding of a basement can be drastic. Understandably, the type of water damage dictates how much work will be involved. Likewise, it determines if the contractors will need to clean and replace some affected surfaces or have to remove and repair structural elements. The smaller the affected area is, the more likely a company can do the job quickly and without disrupting your life.
Previous Condition of the House
An older house with existing problems is more likely to either require extra work or lead to demolishing the building. While it's important to fix affected spaces, restoration contractors might also need to replace old plumbing systems that caused the damage in the first place. That work can get expensive, and an insurance provider might elect to cut you a check and tell you to knock down the house.
Accessibility of Affected Areas
Getting into the affected areas is critical to solving problems quickly in many cases. If there is water damage inside the walls, for example, a contractor may need to cut into the space to access lines and clean out damaged materials. Similarly, if the source of water damage is cased inside concrete flooring, they may have to bust the cement open. Problems like these add labor and tend to drive up the costs and time associated with projects.
Access also determines whether you'll be able to safely return. If a contractor can't access a space and clear out the water, there could be a lingering mold threat in the house. They may have to contain the mold risk before they can let you back into the house.
Period of Unattended Damage
Some water damage ends up having lots of time to ruin a house. Even a small roof leak, for example, can journey all the way to the foundation given enough time. Years or even decades of water damage can lead to significant rebuilding efforts that may even rope in other contractors to deal with roofing, plumbing, or foundation work.
Reach out to a company such as Restore All to find out more.