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Cost of Moving: Dealing with water damage

Dealing with water damage can be difficult.

Dealing with water damage can be difficult.

Homes in areas with high levels of precipitation may run the risk of getting water damage, but this can also happen in typically dry areas with a leaky or burst pipes. While this isn't something that is necessarily avoidable, it is important to take note of it if you realize there is a problem after your moving company delivers your items to your new home.

The most important aspect of solving water damage issues is discovering the source. While you can still replace everything that is damaged, you need to know what has to be fixed to prevent repeat incidents. Not doing this will end up costing you far more down the road. Sometimes, homes can have issues such as erosion in the foundation, or a leaky roof. If the problem revolves around something major like this, you need to call a contractor to rectify the issue.

Once you have the major leak sealed, then you can be sure that fixing your water damage won't be the first of many attempts to keep your home dry. If there is a pool of water in the basement, or you have a flood, getting a sump pump will get the water out. A permanent fixture isn't necessary, and there are cheaper portable options available.

If you have damaged sheetrock, it is necessary to cut out the wet part of the wall as soon as possible. Doing this will allow you to dry the area - which may be best done with towels and fans. Once the area is completely dry, you can take new sheetrock, secure it in the wall with screws and use putty to close the gaps. Once everything is dry, a new coat of paint will make it seem like nothing ever happened and you can enjoy your new home.