Protecting Your Home from Water Damage

Things like cracked sinks or leaky tubs and showers are not only an eyesore, they’re a safety hazard.

Water leaks lead to the growth of mold, which can cause serious health problems. In 2004 the Institute of Medicine (IOM) found there was sufficient evidence to link indoor exposure to mold with upper respiratory tract symptoms, cough, and wheeze in otherwise healthy people; and with asthma symptoms in people with asthma. The IOM also found limited or suggestive evidence linking indoor mold exposure and respiratory illness in otherwise healthy children.

Damage to Tile

In addition to health problems, water leaks can cause damage to your home. A small water leak can seep in through cracks in grout or tile, eventually loosening the tiles. Repairing tile isn’t cheap, and the process to fix them is complicated. Plus, there’s no guarantee that the tile is salvageable or the subsurface fit for adhesion. If the tile is old, you may not be able to find matching tile in stores. Even if you can match the tile, you may not be able to match the old grout. In cases with serious water damage, the repair process is extensive and may put your bathroom out of commission for weeks. Refinish First’s refinishing process is much quicker, less messy, and far more economical. Our special process ensures that your tiles will look and feel like real tile.

Leaky Tub

Water from a cracked, leaky tub can seep into the baseboards of your home, threatening foundational support. If your bathroom is on the second floor, water may leak into the ceiling above, warping and ruining the ceiling. Once your home has structural damage like this, the repair process can become extremely expensive and inconvenient. No one wants to replace a ceiling, but the good news about damage like this is that it’s entirely preventable. Once you notice a leak, don’t ignore it. The damage will be far worse if you wait to fix it. Refinish First can refinish a bathtub for half the cost of replacement, which the National Kitchen and Bath Association estimates to be $3,000 or more.

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