Repairing Water Damage – Who to Call

By HomeAdvisor

Updated April 27, 2017

Who to call for water damage repairs

If you have water damage in your home, there’s a series of steps you need to follow 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 home to a safe, usable state. Other than that, assess where the damage is worst and start there. If your drywall is ruined, call in a drywall contractor and painter to get things back to normal. If your flooring is cracked or coming loose, call in a flooring contractor. You get the idea.

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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 resale 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.

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. 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.


  1. Candi, September 13:

    I have water damage from bath tub leaking into my walls and my tile I also have mold

  2. doug, October 24:

    I need someone to evaluate and diagnose moisture damage around my shower with floor and wall visible damage in tiled area.

  3. Karen Burke, November 28:

    Substantial water damage to subfloor and joists in bathroom. Need contractor for the job.

  4. Andrea, December 5:
  5. Linda Holloway, December 9:

    need a general contractor that can find a leak and repair the wall and repair air conditioner carrier

  6. Bridget, January 3:

    I have a small spot of leaking ceiling, I off the tap that above the celiling and ceiling seems dried up . My problem is who to call first plumber or contractor or my insurance company for this fixing!


  7. Christy Franklin, March 23:

    Had water log on my roof that went into my bedroom wall I need to get it all repaired and fixed I need quotes

  8. Annette Walker, October 4:

    My daughter and son inlaw are having the first home built.They were called in today as the tap was left on in the bathroom.Bathroom filled with water ran out into the hall way.They were told that they were pulling off a wall to allow it to dry out.Do they need to be concerned about water damage or anything that may develope out of this

  9. John Dossantos, October 14:

    Shower floor leaking water when showering..

  10. Sandy, July 14:

    Who do I call for a leak under the living room floor? The laminated floors are lifted and getting warped. I need a help finding a contractor.

  11. Joseph Martinez, January 17:

    Have a very bad leak in our roof. It’s been going on now for a while, little by little it’s been eating away and rotten the wood, our ceiling is falling apart little by little. And the mold is also. Very weak going to collapse, we are barely making the bills and supporting 4 kids is hard. I believe insurance doesn’t cover it and we do not have funds to pay this now. Is there any program that can help, assist, or maybe payments? Its only getting worst, what can we do, who do we talk to? Thank u

  12. Dennis Mcloyd, January 23:

    I have a leak coming from my ceiling basement and maybe from bedroom outside wall.

  13. John Brown, July 10:

    You are right, water leaking is a serious issue. It not only damages the home construction, but also increases the water bill. I agree that a good plumber can solve the problem quickly. The water leakage in the open pipe is easy to find, but what about the hidden ones under the floor, over the roof and wall?

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