Handling Water Damage as a Property Manager

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Flood damage or water damage is very common these days. With the increase in global warming and natural calamities, unusual rain and hailstorms are part and parcel of life. Further if one finds any leaks or creeks in the rental property then great damage can take place. Damage can take place even when a tenant upstairs leaves a sink open, the downstairs tenant can face flood at home. A pipe burst can take place in a basement and leave the laundry room of the building unusable. Therefore it becomes extremely important to consult water damage and restoration service. Any property manager who has good knowledge and is sane will always help you establish a prepared plan. So here are some tips to handle water damage.

PROBLEM

Flood damage can be very devious and inescapable. It can give way to both mold and mildew growth especially when water is not restored. Clogged gutters and damaged downspouts can create a situation that will shake the structural stability of the house by directing too much water towards the foundation. Then if you have a flat rooftop, it can create a water pond which will further infiltrate to create moss. It can also weaken the walls and damage electrical lines, dry walls and wooden structures of the house. Hence it becomes extremely important for all the stakeholders of the house whether it be tenants or management staff to have an appreciation of the potential damage and to report immediately when found.

PREVENTION

A lot of mishaps can take place in day to day life. And you cannot always manage to prevent water damage. Therefore, the three things should be kept in mind. First that the tenant should be educated with such conditions. The tenant must recognize signs of mold or mildew growth. He should also keep in mind that the kitchen and bathroom should always be left dry. The moment the tenant finds any trace, he should report it to property management. Second, regular maintenance should take place especially of areas such as roofs, internal pipes, basement areas around appliances. Third, Inspection must be rolled out on time right from individual inspection of kitchen and bathrooms for example crawlspaces, attic areas, and hallway walls. One must keep in mind that prevention is always better than cure. So inspect on a regular interval.

PLANNING

Once you understand the problem and take some preventive measure, you will be able to cut down on risk to a large extent. However, you should have some emergency mitigation plans in hand to deal with such a situation in crisis. Try to document everything you can, right from clicking pictures of the damage to documenting it, all of it will help you claim insurance of your property. Further, if you find someone in a similar water damage situation lend your helping hand so as to gain tenant cooperation and goodwill. Furthermore keep your contacts handy, in case of an emergency your certified restoration company should be a call away.

There a lot of certified restoration companies in the market, however, choose the one who provides you with a comprehensive restoration plan and who will begin promptly to stop the cause and start repairing the damage.

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