As we all know, water damage is one of the biggest threats to your house and belongings and is often the most common — and expensive — type of home insurance claims. In fact, every year around one in 50 people file a water damage or freezing claim — equalling 29% of all claims, according to the Insurance Information Institute.

So, to avoid nasty surprises from presenting themselves down the line, here’s a look at the consequences of water damage — and how to prevent it.

1. Depleting property values

If a property has a bad history of water damage, when it comes to putting it on the market, the value may be driven down because of this factor. Even though it seems like you’ve fixed the damage, long-term effects may remain — affecting your bargaining position with prospective buyers.

2. Impacting structural damage

Water damage can seriously impact the overall structural integrity of a property. When walls begin to absorb the moisture from a leaking pipe, it will start to warp and omit a strong odour. If left untreated for too long, these can weaken the structure of your entire house.

3. Spurring mould and fungal growth

One of the most common signs of water damage in the home is the appearance of mould and fungi. These nasty organisms can produce spores which pollute the air — proving hazardous to your long-term health. When such spores come into contact with water, further growth is triggered which can become extremely difficult to rectify. The medical implications of this occurrence range from difficulty breathing and nasal congestion, to compromised immune systems and coughing fits.

Waterguard products can protect your home or property from one of the most prevalent causes of insurance claims. Whether as a result of faulty plumbing materials, failed connections, human error, or burst pipes, water leak detection systems can minimise the risk of expensive — and sometimes traumatic — harm to your property.

We hope we’ve provided some useful insight into arming yourself against water damage. To speak to one of our specialists in domestic and commercial leak detection systems, get in touch today or browse our extensive range of high-quality products for yourself.