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How A Damaged Bathtub Can Quickly Turn Into A Hefty Insurance Claim

January 27, 2021

As a property manager, we know the less you have to spend on repairs, the better. When you’re going through the turnover process, it’s not uncommon to notice some wear and tear, such as cracks in the bathtub. You might think to yourself, “no big deal,” right? After all, there might be other areas of the unit that need more immediate attention. Keep in mind, though, that a small crack can easily turn into a hefty repair cost if not taken care of! 

We’re giving you the breakdown on why bathtubs face damage like cracks, why it’s important to take care of damage up-front, and how Surface Experts can help!  

Why Bathtubs Crack:

Bathtubs crack for a few reasons. One of the biggest is old fiberglass tubs that are not fully supported and finally crack when the tenant goes to take a shower. Cracks are also common when you factor in the amount of weight being supported and the amount of time the tub’s been in place. Generally speaking, bathtubs can support quite a bit of weight, however the more the tub is used and the less support you have below it, the more likely you’ll see damage occur over time. If it’s been a while since the tubs in your units were installed, keep an eye out for this type of damage during the next turnover process.

When Minor Damage Turns into a Major Cost:

If you see a crack on your unit’s bathtub, it’s best to just get it fixed. If you don’t, you can find yourself dealing with a hefty insurance claim down the road. As cracks progress and get worse, water can easily seep below the tub, into the floor, and into another resident’s home. What started off as a small crack is now a major problem for both the existing tenant and other residents living in the building.
Keep in mind that filing a claim can also raise your overall rates and cost you more to stay covered in the future. You may also need to find suitable living conditions for those affected by the damage while repairs are being made. If you see a crack, be wise, and call Surface Experts.

How Surface Experts Can Help:

Not only can we repair visible cracks, but we can also prevent them from reoccurring. To make sure the bathtub can sustain a heavier amount of weight going forward, we’ll inject a 2-part epoxy first. We’ll then apply 1-2 tablespoons of product to fix the crack. Unlike other repair methods that require the tenant to move out due to the potency of chemicals used, our process allows for the tenant to stay in the unit, and we only need about 1 hour of your time. For quick repairs and long-lasting results, trust Surface Experts to get it done!

For more information on how we can help repair damage to a bathtub in your unit or almost any other hard surface, give us a call at 800.614.9778.

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