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Who Do I Call to Repair the Water Damage in My Bathroom?

by Matt Goering

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If you've got water damage in your bathroom (or anywhere else in your home, for that matter), there's a series of steps you need to make to solve your problem. These include identifying the source of the damage, fixing that problem, and then dealing with the water damage itself.

Finding the Source of Your Water Damage
Water damage is not always easy to figure out. If you have a broken pipe or fixture out in the open, you can count yourself lucky. Do your best to control the water leak, turn off the water to your home, and call in a plumber immediately to come out and fix your problem. If you catch the leak early enough, and clean up the mess immediately, the severity of the damage should be minimal. Serious water damage occurs over longer time periods, and is usually caused by slow leaks within walls, or by poorly constructed and sealed bath and shower areas. By the time you spot signs of your problem, the damage has already been done. If you can't find an obvious source of the damage, call in a plumber to investigate your problem and figure out what's going on.

Repairing Water Damage
Erasing signs of the damage in your bathroom is dependent on the severity of what's occurred. You may need to bring in a long line of contractors to get things back in order. In a worst-case scenario, your bathroom might have suffered structural damage, and mold and mildew is present as well. If those are the facts, you're going to need to call in a general contractor, as well as a mold and mildew remediation specialist, to return your bathroom, and your home, to a safe, useable state. Other than that, assess where the damage is worst and start there. If your drywall is ruined, call in a drywall contractor and a painter to get things back to normal. If your flooring is cracked or coming loose, call in a flooring contractor. You get the idea.

Maybe It's Time for a Bathroom Remodeler
If your bathroom has suffered significant damage and you're looking at the possibility of having to bring in multiple contractors to solve your problem, you might want to consider hiring a bathroom contractor to come in and do an entire bathroom remodel. Bathrooms and kitchens sell homes and raise re-sale values, and no one does bathrooms better than a professional bathroom remodeler. You'll get that beautiful, custom designed bathroom you've always dreamed of, and you'll be dealing with one contractor instead of a handful of them. It's a hard proposition to turn down.

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How to Find Reputable Contractors
Whether you need a plumber or a general contractor, don't be afraid to tap into your resources in order to get someone you can trust. Talk to friends and neighbors about whether they've had any work done, who did it, and whether they'd recommend them to a friend. And, of course, there's always ServiceMagic. ServiceMagic prescreens all it's contractors before connecting them to you so that you won't have to, and they offer guarantees that you'll be satisfied with the service you receive. Whichever route you choose to go, hiring a quality contractor is the best way to ensure your water damage gets fixed right, the first time, every time.

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Matt Goering, formerly a carpenter and house painter, is a freelance writer for the home improvement industry who has published over 600 articles.