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What water damage can do to your home

Discover more information about the extent of damage water can do to your home

Water damage can be devastating to any home, and it is essential to address it immediately to prevent further damage. Whether caused by a natural disaster or a plumbing issue, it can wreak havoc on your home’s structure and your possessions. In this article, we will discuss what water damage can do to your home and why it is crucial to address it immediately. If it is not addressed immediately, you may be able to make a claim against your landlord with National Claims.

How Bad Is Water Damage?

Water damage can be severe and costly to repair. The extent of the damage depends on various factors such as the source of the water, the amount of water, and how long the water was left standing. Water damage can range from a minor issue such as a damp spot on your ceiling to a severe problem such as a collapsed roof or wall.

How Quickly Does Water Damage Progress?

Water damage can progress quickly, especially if left unaddressed. Within a few hours of water damage, the affected area can start to develop mould and mildew, which can cause respiratory problems and allergic reactions. Additionally, this type of damage can compromise the structural integrity of your home, leading to sagging floors, walls, and ceilings. In severe cases, water damage can cause your home to be condemned and deemed uninhabitable.

How Much Water Does It Take to Cause Damage?

Even a small amount of water can cause damage to your home. For example, a slow drip from a leaking pipe can cause mould growth and decay of wood over time. Similarly, a small amount of water that seeps into your carpet can create the perfect breeding ground for mould and mildew, which can be challenging to remove.

What Causes Water Damage?

Water damage can be caused by various factors, including natural disasters such as floods and hurricanes, plumbing issues such as burst pipes and leaking appliances, and even human error such as leaving a faucet running for too long or forgetting to turn off the washing machine.

What to do When There Is Water Damage

Water damage can be a serious problem that requires prompt action to minimize the damage and prevent further problems. If you notice water damage in your home, here are some steps you can take:

  • Turn off the power: Water and electricity don’t mix, so turn off the power to the affected area before doing anything else.
  • Stop the source of the water: If the water is coming from a leak or burst pipe, turn off the water supply to that area. If you can’t find the source of the water, call a plumber to help you locate it.
  • Remove water and moisture: Use a wet/dry vacuum to remove as much water as possible. Open windows and doors to allow for air circulation, and use fans and dehumidifiers to dry out the area.
  • Disinfect: Use a disinfectant to clean any areas that may have been contaminated by the water.

How to Prevent Water Damage Around Your Home

Prevention is key when it comes to water damage. Here are some tips to help prevent water damage in and around your home:

  • Regularly inspect your home for leaks: Check for leaks in your plumbing, roof, windows, and doors, and have them repaired promptly.
  • Maintain your gutters and downspouts: Keep your gutters and downspouts clean and free of debris to prevent water from backing up and causing damage.
  • Check your appliances: Regularly inspect your appliances, such as your washing machine, dishwasher, and refrigerator, for leaks and have them repaired promptly.
  • Install a sump pump: If you live in an area prone to flooding, consider installing a sump pump to prevent water from entering your home.
  • Seal your windows and doors: Make sure your windows and doors are properly sealed to prevent water from entering your home.

Dealing with Water Damage in a Rented Property

If you are renting a property and experience water damage, here are some steps you can take:

  • Contact your landlord: Notify your landlord or property manager immediately to report the damage.
  • Take pictures: Take pictures of the damage and keep a record of any conversations or correspondence with your landlord or property manager.
  • Protect your belongings: If your belongings have been damaged, take steps to protect them from further damage.
  • Know your rights: Familiarize yourself with your rights as a tenant and consult with us at National Claims, where we will be able to offer further guidance on your rights as a tenant.
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How Much Compensation For Damp And Mould UK?

To find out how much compensation you can receive for your housing disrepair, it is best to fill out one of our claims forms that can be found throughout our website.


In conclusion, water damage can be a serious problem that can cause significant damage to your home and property. However, taking preventive measures and knowing what to do in case of water damage can help you minimize the damage and protect your home. Regular inspections, prompt repairs, and proper maintenance are key to preventing water damage around your home. 

If you are renting a property, it’s important to know your rights and follow the procedures outlined in your lease agreement. If you experience water damage, taking immediate action and seeking professional help when needed can help you restore your home and get back to normal as soon as possible.
Contact National Claims today to find out more about your claim against your landlord regarding negligence with water damage.

Note: You can only make a claim if you are currently living in social housing.

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