Has Your Home Been Vandalized?

By David Touchton

You finally save enough and feel sufficiently secure to take your family on a dream vacation. After you enjoy several weeks of fun and relaxation, you return home exhausted. Unfortunately, you also find that someone else decided to help themselves to your property while you were away.

If your home suffers the effects of vandalism, there are quite a few options available to help you return things to normal. Experts understand that there is no such thing as a good time for vandals to strike your property. However, contacting a quality restoration company provides you with access to all of the equipment and personnel you may need to perform the necessary repairs to get you back on your feet quickly and efficiently.

Having to deal with any vandalism can be upsetting and stressful. Losing a variety of your belongings to malicious destruction can take its toll on you and your family. The official description of vandalism describes it as any action conducted by an individual or group of people who willfully and deliberately cause damage to property owned by someone else or a public entity, without express permission. While the motives behind the acts affecting your home seem inconsequential, most acts of vandalism happen due to envy or spite, regardless, the outcome remains the same.

These kinds of damages come in many forms and affect you and your family in different ways. You may find holes in your walls, ceilings, doors, broken or shattered windows, damaged plumbing, dismantled furniture, broken appliances, and several other belongings in your home affected by various forms of vandalism that leave your home unprotected and exposed to outside elements.

Our technicians find that water damage is common during vandalism; damaged plumbing fixtures cause water or sewage to spread everywhere, while broken windows give access to rain and humidity, instead of protecting your home as intended. Often developing secondary damages and mold contamination to structural materials and the other contents of your home, where cleaning and possible replacement of items are necessary to rectify the situation.

Professionals have even seen instances of vandals starting camp fires indoors to keep warm during winter months. While they tend to contain the damage to a particular area, it still exists and causes far more problems than they may realize. Keep your head up and contact a restoration company today for assistance with restoring your home affected by vandalism.

 

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David Touchton

Mr. Touchton is the President and owner of ServPro of Bartow/Lakeland Highlands. He has 4 years of experience in the field and holds Water Damage Restoration Certification from IICRC. His office is certified in applied structural drying, water damage restoration, and lead-based paint activities and restoration. His favorite part of the job is helping people who have experienced a stressful event and our ServPro team can make it “Like it never even happened”.