When it comes to plumbing issues in homes and businesses, most plumbing contractors do an excellent job. However, there are times when a plumbing contractor’s poor work causes water damage to your property. You should always be aware of the types of water damage for which a plumber can be held liable so that if it happens to you, you can contact your insurance company and get adequate compensation.
A contractor may provide the following services that could cause water damage in your home:
- Rushing a roofing job, resulting in poorly installed shingles and a leaky roof.
- Incorrectly connecting the dishwasher’s intake hose, resulting in a leak.
- Putting tools in the bath and causing cracks in the tub.
- Inadequate pipe reconnections cause leaks.
- Your HVAC contractor overlooked pinholes in your air conditioner drip pan, causing water to permeate through the ceiling.
- Improper installation of equipment, resulting in water damage.
- Causing a home accident that results in water damage.
If a plumber is found to be at fault for the damage they caused, they may also be held liable for the expenses associated with the damage or accident, such as the cost of a hotel stay while the customer’s home is being repaired.
Most homeowners’ insurance policies cover the cleanup, repair, and restoration of a damaged home. Check with your insurance company to see what types of water damage are covered. Most insurance policies will cover the contractor’s work-related damages.
Handling Damage Caused by a Contractor
If you suffer damage as a result of a contractor, first identify the source of the water and ensure that the affected areas are safe. The steps are as follows:
- Contact your insurance provider. Call your insurance agent and explain the problem you’re having as a result of the contractor’s error. Give the contractor’s contact information to your insurance company.
- Contact the contractor. Call the contractor and inform them that you have spoken with your insurance company. Request that they contact their insurance company as well.
- Don’t clean up everything. Make sure you don’t start cleaning up until your insurance adjustor and restoration contractor have assessed the extent of the water damage to your property. Be sure to take as many photos as you can for insurance proposes.
If you have water damage as a result of a contractor’s error, contact a water damage restoration company like White Glove Restoration. Our experts assist homes and businesses with plumbing problems caused by burst pipes, appliance leaks, sewage issues, or even natural disasters. We make certain that the damage is repaired as soon as possible so that you can avoid further damage and mold growth. We make certain that the job is done correctly the first time.