Homeowner’s $100 Ignored Repair Costs $30,000
September 21, 2016 Comments Off on Homeowner’s $100 Ignored Repair Costs $30,000 Basement, House Mold, Property Maintenance Ben Fetzer

A homeowner in Overland Park contracted our services after discovering mold in their basement. They had a persistent problem with a floor drain over the last year. Which initially started off small so the ignored repair seemed innocent.

A Fresh Start Story: Customer Ignored Repair less than $100 that Resulted in Costly Repairs

Due to a busy life, they didn’t get around to calling a plumber to get it fixed. Also, the homeowner admitted that the backup was small and she never felt like it would cause any type of major damage. After months of water sitting in the floor drain, it caused moisture levels to gradually rise. Even though the water level in the drain never got out of control, the humidity level in the basement did! In addition, the air conditioning unit was not removing humidity as it should. Because of that, the humidity level in the basement was much higher than the recommended 30-50% and reached over 70%.

So, the problem seemed small and insignificant. Hence, the homeowner dismissed the drain and ignored repair for over ten months. This allowed the situation to continue and ultimately, the ignored problem caused over $30,000 in damages to the property and to their possessions. When the drain and the air-conditioning were repaired, the total of the cost was only $175 a very small price to pay to avoid expensive repercussions!

It is easy to underestimate the power of humidity and how fast it can cause damage. Humidity causes condensation to form. On porous materials like drywall and wood, the condensation is absorbed. As a result, the environment for mold growth is formed. This situation was a perfect storm of the right conditions and a busy homeowner who dismissed the problem.

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Ben Fetzer Ben Fetzer, is the founder and owner of Fresh Start Restoration of Kansas City. He is passionate about informing and educating you the customer. By providing you with insider industry information, he empowers you with knowledge and tools to properly compare companies and spot unethical sales practices. Which unfortunately is far too common in the mold remediation industry. By sharing stories and providing professional tips he gives you the ability to make the right decision for your mold problem! Ben is an experienced mold expert with over 15 years in the cleaning & restoration industry! He has received official training and certifications from the IICRC, ICRA, and NORMI. His history of high integrity and superior quality has made him a leader in the remediation industry. Thereby giving customers outstanding customer experience! Which has resulted in a long history of consistent 5-Star customer ratings since the company began in 2008!