Residential kitchen leak claims
Water damage originating in kitchens is one of the costliest damages affecting homeowners today. With a multitude of plumbing components present in a kitchen, it is almost just a matter of time before an issue will arise affecting a home. We find that water travels in the path of least resistance. As a result a kitchen leak may channel and travel into: dining rooms, living rooms, closets, bedrooms, hallways and even bathrooms that may be “back to back” sharing the same wall. The effects of a residential kitchen leak water loss can leave homeowners and other property owners with the burden of facing extremely difficult and complex decisions. Issues related to property damage of items such as kitchen cabinetry, walls & drywall, flooring, insulation, and other interior finishes are just some of the many concerns one should have when dealing with kitchen claims.
Not properly identifying a kitchen leak may lead to other issues affecting plumbing systems and mold caused by humidity. Structural drying and restoration may create larger obstacles to the simple apparent cosmetic damage to finishes that an insurance company’s adjuster may just consider. Property owners are also faced with the delicate and emotional toll that damage to personal property such as food spoilage, cloths, furniture, electronics, and items of sentimental value can take on one whose house just got heavily water damaged. Not being able to cook or being displaced from one’s home in many cases is the biggest loss to someone dealing with a kitchen leak damage claim. Navigating and understanding the process of a kitchen leak claim will be overwhelming, the assistance of an experience and qualified public adjuster can prove to be essential to the policyholder.
Major kitchen leak sources
Kitchen water damage can arise from many sources such as: refrigerators, water filters, dishwashers, faucets, supply hoses & lines, P-traps, clogged drains, and a pipe inside a wall or underneath a floor. Identifying the source or cause of the water damage is not always simple and can mean that contacting a plumber is the next step to take. Unfortunately, water damage arising from a kitchen leak may not only stay contained to the boundaries of the kitchen itself. Many adjacent areas may become affected.
- Supply lines & hoses – Typically leak due to material failure or at connection with valves
- Angle Valves – Overtime these valves may fail
- Faucets – Many of the components can wear
- Water Filters – Can drip, drip over time from wear
- Icemakers – Usually will have the seals or hoses fail
- Dishwashers –Over time and due to wear tub or hose can break
- Drain Backups & Overflows – Caused by a clog or obstruction and maybe a broken pipe
- P-Trap & Drain leaks – Can leak due to wear or clogs
Why contact a plumber?
Many homeowners attempt to take trouble shut measures that can possibly help find a leak, however, sometimes these measures are not always effective. As a result, residential owners may have to rely on the expertise of a plumber to properly identify and diagnose the plumbing system. A plumber will test faucets, valves, supply lines & hoses and perform several tests that may help identify the issue. In some cases, when dealing with a water supply related leak, a plumber may request that a leak detection be performed. While some plumbing contractors may have leak detection equipment, other plumbing companies will hire a specific leak detection company with the right equipment and expertise to help identify the leak.
In the case of drain backups or overflow related water damage in a kitchen, a plumber may need to take several measures such as running a snake or water jetting the pipe to unclog any buildup and obstructions inside the sanitary drain pipes due to food waste materials. Many homes that have cast iron plumbing installed will eventually have issues of broken or collapsed pipes underneath their kitchen floor. Failures in drain pipe systems can be identified by having a video camera ran through the line, usually from a roof vent stack or by accessing a clean out.
Tips for residential policyholders after a kitchen leak
- Shut the water supply off as soon as possible
- Ensure that your home is deemed safe for entry
- Contact a qualified plumbing contractor
- Take initial photos and a list of damaged property (Interior & Exterior of building)
- Locate your property insurance policy (hardcopy & PDF if possible)
- Immediately take steps to prevent further damage
- Contact Floridian International Adjusters for a FREE CONSULTATION!
- Provide prompt notice of loss to your insurance company
- Develop a plan and claim management strategy with your public adjuster
Our public adjusters service the following areas
Floridian International Adjusters continues to expand into several regions of the US and abroad. Currently, our licensed adjusters can assist property owners with damage in the following locations:
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Founded in a region known for it’s high risk of natural disasters such as tropical storms, hurricanes, floods, fires and other catastrophes. Floridian International Adjusters has become a known advocate for policyholders who have incurred the consequence of property damage to their homes and businesses. Our licensed public adjusters have represented and settled thousands of property insurance claims on behalf of property owners. FIA’s trained staff and adjusters come from many diverse backgrounds such as customer relations, architecture, emergency restoration, marketing, business administration and even from inside the insurance carrier side of the property insurance industry. The combination of these various disciplines gives the firm a competitive edge in excelling the practice of public insurance adjusting, property loss consulting and loss appraisal.
Floridian International Adjusters core principles center on the needs of our clients. Our careful representation and insurance claim management strategies provide your property loss claim with an opportunity to maximize the benefits of your insurance policy coverage in an efficient and pro-active manner. Understanding the nature of identifying damage and properly appraising the value of your claim is our specialty.