A generation ago, the American Dream was to own your own home. But as times change, so do our dreams. So today, many Savannah residents have raised their sites to include owning a vacation home. Sure, everyone loves heading out to a new spot for an adventure now and then. But having a vacation home offers all the creature comforts and familiarity we love without the added stress of work and other commitments. But, unfortunately, that second property also brings added challenges to accompany that endless peace and quiet. And one of the most costly is a water leak.
Out Of Sight
When you are away from your vacation property for months at a time, there is an increased potential for water damage from a leaking water line, hose, or fixture if the water remains on to water the lawn or landscape. In these cases, it is best to have someone walk through the house and look for leaks monthly to prevent costly damage. If you can turn the water off when you are away, budget a good 30 minutes each time you return to search for any leaks once the water is turned back on.
Common Signs Of A Water Leak
Many water leaks are hidden inside the walls and floors of a house. So you might not see a puddle of water. But there are other hints you might notice, such as:
- Stains or bulging on drywall
- Peeling paint or wallpaper
- Bulging, cracked, or split wood flooring
- Water oozing up through tile grout lines
- A damp or musty odor
- Unexpected mold or mildew
- An increased water bill
- Decreased water pressure
- Contaminates in your water
If you notice any of these signs of a water leak at your vacation home, call (912) 549-1521 to schedule an appointment with the licensed plumbers at Thompson & Thompson Service Group.
Water And Mold Damage
Sadly, hidden water leaks often result in costly water damage and damage from mold and mildew. While mildew can usually be removed with soap and water, mold is much more severe and potentially hazardous to your health. Mold spores become airborne and will cause health issues that can include:
- Red, itchy eyes
- Watering eyes
- Difficulty breathing
- Skin irritation
These are all issues that can occur in anyone inhaling the mold spores. However, if someone with a preexisting respiratory condition or compromised immune system inhales the mold spores, health complications can be much more severe or even life-threatening. If you discover a water leak accompanied by a mold infestation, you will need professional help from the Thompson & Thompson Service Group team and mold remediation professional. It is never safe for a homeowner to attempt to remove mold-infested building materials, finishes, or belongings.
The secret to avoiding costly and upsetting water damage at your vacation home is constant vigilance. Keep a close eye on water bills to monitor the water use and call (912) 549-1521 to schedule an annual plumbing inspection to ensure that all the fixtures and piping in your home are in serviceable condition leak-free.