Is It Time To Tackle That Second Bathroom Water Damage?

-=water damage cleanup cedar rapidsHome maintenance is so important to retaining the value of your largest investment. According to State Farm insurance, the rule of thumb is to have and use a home maintenance fund of between 1%-4% of your home’s value. For example, for the average $175,000 Cedar Valley home, you should plan to spend $1,750 to $7K annually for upkeep. You don’t need to spend every penny, every year. But some years you’ll need to spend proactively to solve a future problem.

Your second (or third) bathroom can be in danger if you don’t use it everyday. Those slow or hidden water leaks are often even more damaging than an overflowed tub or broken faucet. Constant moisture from either a slow leak or even high humidity can degrade and damage many areas of the bathroom. The most common sources of water damage to the bathroom include:

  • Toilets
  • Leaks from sinks
  • Bathtub and shower leaks 
  • Excessive steam from poor ventilated rooms
  • Exterior roof damage

All this moisture can lead to rusted metal, loose tiles, missing grout, soggy drywall, and damaged subfloors. If your bathroom is showing signs of wear, cracking, staining, deterioration, flaking or peeling, you may already have water seeping under the materials. Water damage behind the walls of your shower or tub could also be growing mold without you knowing. You need to get the Challis team to 1) investigate the extent of damage and 2) make a plan to fix it. 

Renovate or Repair?

So obviously you need Challis to find and repair the original problem. Then they will repair or replace all the damaged materials and get it back to its original condition. Or you could use this opportunity to upgrade.   

The national average to remodel a small bathroom can range anywhere from $1,500 up to $15,000 or more for high-end fixtures. So how much should you change?

If it’s been more than 25 or thirty years since you last remodeled, it’s time for a full restyle. According to the RenoFi Renovation Index, on average, you’ll be able to recoup about 50% of the project’s cost when you sell. So decide how long you are keeping your home and how much you’ll enjoy the changes. 

You might decide just to focus on the needed repairs and no upgrades. Either way, avoid DIY patches and make dos. Water damage will lead to more expense repairs late- get it done right the first time with Challis.   

Plan Your Plumbing

If you decide to make some changes, the best professional tip is to retain the plumbing footprint when remodeling. Changing the plumbing layout costs somewhere between $500-$1,000 to move each fixture around three feet or more. Try to keep your shower, sink, and toilet in the original location.   

When You Need Water Damage Cleanup In Cedar Rapids

Let Challis be a part of your home maintenance planning. If your home suffers from a broken pipe or flood, call in Challis Restoration as soon as possible. When deciding whether to make a major investment, consider their expertise. With over 25 years of experience, they will clean and restore the damage quickly and professionally. The expertise will be invaluable when planning for the future. Let them guide you through a simple clean up or a major restoration project.


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