Water Intrusion: How Common is the Problem? - Coastal Florida Real Estate

Water Intrusion: How Common is the Problem?

When you think of rising water or water damage a couple of images come to mind. One might be the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. Another might be rising waters as a river floods nearby low-lying areas. But there’s another  kind of water damage.

This is the kind that comes from inside the house or what is commonly called intrusion. This can be especially devastating if you are not in the house at the time. Let me give you a couple of firsthand examples that I have seen in my real estate career.

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Years ago, in Admirals Cove, a couple had taken their sport fishing boat to Mexico.   While they were gone, a toilet fixture on the second floor broke and flooded the entire second floor and when that was completely saturated the water worked it’s way down to the first floor.

Everything in the house was ruined including a $100,000 custom carpet.  Fortunately, the house sitter happened to come by and was able to stop the water but not before the entire home was destroyed.

More recently, I came across these two examples.  A home in Palm Beach Gardens was being rented and while the tenants were out of the house some pipes in the master bathroom came apart and flooded the entire master bedroom and bathroom. Fortunately, the tenants came home and found the water leak and were able to get it stopped but not before it damaged the entire master suite.

Another example happened in Heritage Oaks in Tequesta where, once again, a small fixture on a second floor toilet broke while no one was home and it flooded the house. At first, the damage appeared very minimal but as time went on it became apparent  that there was extensive damage including mold. The entire home had to be gutted.

The homeowner had to move everything out of the house and put it in temperature controlled storage and much of the furniture was ruined. The owners have been living in rental accommodations for nearly a year now while the house is repaired.

So the take away from this is that water damage can be extremely problematic,  especially if you live up north and have a second residence in Florida. You must, repeat must, turn off the water at the house before you leave for the season. You should turn it off out of the street or where comes into the house. The homeowner in Palm Beach Gardens mentioned above bought a tool specifically designed to turn the water off right at the street when she was not in town.

So, water intrusion can be a major headache and lead to mold issues and massive renovations.  Turn your water off when leaving for an extended period of time.

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Richard Sites, Realtor