Water damage is the occurrence of water pooling in the home or building, destroying both building materials and contents. There are a number of potential sources that can contribute to these messes, but there are also a number of prevention steps that can minimize the chances of it happening to your property.
Knowing these common causes of water damage can also help to identify the problem in its early stages, allowing you to save yourself from high repair costs and destruction.
Here are 6 common causes of water damage:
- Burst or leaking pipes
- Problems with the plumbing system
- Excess water in attics, basements, and crawlspaces
- Malfunctioning appliances
- Problems with the HVAC system
- Nature or weather-related conditions
- Overflowing gutters
1. Burst or Leaking Pipes
One of the most common sources of water damage will include leaking or burst pipes. Sewer backups and clogged drains can also apply excess pressure within the pipe, causing it to leak or even burst. Garbage disposal are another common culprit when they malfunction. The plumbing work in older homes may also be rusty, old, and prone to leaks. Burst pipes and sprinkler heads are also the #1 cause of flooding in the winter time. When the temperatures reach below freezing, the water inside uninsulated pipes will freeze and apply pressure to the pipe, causing it to burst if not thawed right away.
2. Problems with the Plumbing System
Many plumbing problems can occur behind the walls and are never noticed until they leak through the structure. Many of these problems are the result of the pipe hoses and joints not being attached, but frequently inspecting the piping can help to prevent disasters in the future.
3. Excess Water in Attics, Basements, and Crawlspaces
While any part of the home can be damaged by water, some areas are more prone to be hit than others. Among these include attics, basements and crawlspaces. Crawlspaces are the areas between the property and the foundation that is used to hold electrical wires, plumbing work, and even contents.
Keep in mind that the crawlspace is another common area for mold to grow. When this occurs, negative health effects can be triggered including allergic reactions, asthma, and long-term effects like cancer. Also be aware that any condensation that drips through the concrete foundation of the property can cause basement leaks and eventually mold. Any air leakage from the roofing materials into the area between the roof and attic can also promote mold and rot the interior building materials. To prevent this from happening, make sure to inspect the home on a regular basis, catching any problems in their early stages. Just be sure to call for professional water damage restoration or mold remediation to ensure the best results.
4. Malfunctioning Appliances
When appliances go up in age, their parts will start to rust and crack. This is where the problems will start. Water-related machinery like refrigerators, water heaters, dishwashers, and washing machines can also deteriorate and leak, causing water damage to the structural materials beneath and behind them. But the most common appliances known to cause water damage are washing machines and hot water heaters.
5. Problems with the HVAC System
HVAC systems also deal with a fair amount of water, given that they are connected to the air conditioning units. These machines also require frequent maintenance or they can accumulate moisture on the interior. When this moisture cools, mold growth can develop and disperse spores into the ducts, spreading them throughout the property.
6. Nature or Weather-Related Conditions
There isn’t really anything that can be done to prevent natural disasters, but there are steps that you can take in order to limit the damage to your structure. Disasters including storms, hurricanes, and flash floods can all contribute to flooded basements, roof leaks, sewer backups, and flooded crawlspaces, especially if the sump pump malfunctions or can’t keep up. As soon as you notice the damage to your property, be sure to call for emergency water damage mitigation to prevent the problem from becoming worse.
7. Overflowing Gutters
Known as the #1 cause of water damage in the fall season, clogged gutters and downspouts will result in water spilling over the side and pooling around the foundation. Eventually, the water will leak into the basement, causing a flood that can ruin a number of structural materials and contents.
To prevent this problem, be sure to clear away all leaves, sticks, rocks, and other debris from the gutter and downspouts on a regular basis.
Water Damage Restoration Experts
It’s always best to keep the number of a restoration company within easy access. This is because time is of the essence when reacting to water damage of any degree. When it affects a particular space, it will flow to the area of least resistance, ruining a number of porous materials, including wood, drywall, carpeting, furnishings, and more.
When looking for a water damage cleanup professional, contact ServiceMaster of North Texas. Our professionals have been servicing the Dallas, TX area since 1978 and are fully licensed, trained, and experienced to get the job done right the first time. Available 24/7, we will respond right away to your call, extract all excess water, contain the damage to the affected area, remove soiled porous materials, disinfect hard surfaces, and remove the remaining moisture from the affected spaces. Finally, we will work with your insurance provider during the claims process, if needed, to ensure your peace of mind.
At any time your property experiences a flood or water damage of any amount, be sure to give our experts a call at (972) 840-8888.