It’s impossible to tell when water damage will strike. However, when it comes to residential water damage, there are a few common culprits that we’ve seen time and time again. Making yourself aware of common water damage causes can help you prevent flooding and other disasters in the future. Here’s what our water damage restoration contractors want you to know.
Many of the appliances we use every day need water to run. Washing machines, dishwashers, and most refrigerators are all hooked up to your water line. When one of these appliances malfunctions, it can cause flooding which, if not addressed, will lead to water damage.
As your plumbing system ages, the likelihood of encountering damaged pipes increases. Over time, pipes can crack, come unsealed, or warp in ways that let water out of the closed system and into your home.
You won’t always know that a pipe is damaged until it’s too late. If you notice water spots, bulging, mildewy smells, or mold on your ceilings or floors, it’s likely that hidden water damage is the cause. We can help restore damaged parts of your home to reverse any water damage that may occur.
If your sump pump isn’t working properly, chances are it won’t be able to keep water out of your basement. If your sump pump is over 10 years old, makes noises, or has trouble turning on and off, it’s a good idea to replace it before you have an emergency.
In addition, make sure the end of the drain pipe is far enough away from the house. The recommended distance is six feet, but you might want to invest in a longer drain if your backyard floods frequently. If your sump pump drains too close to the house, that water can come rushing right back in.
Severe weather can cause flooding even in homes with a functioning sump pump. If you’re experiencing severe weather, keep an eye on your basement to make sure you’re not taking on water faster than your sump pump can drive it away.
When there is flooding in your area, keep our number handy. Our emergency water removal 24/7 specialists can be at your door within an hour to address flood damage before it has a chance to set in.
Drains naturally clog with debris over time. If these clogs aren’t regularly cleared away, these drains can back up into your home, causing flooding that might go unnoticed until it’s already led to mold and other serious damage. The best way to avoid this is to keep the drains as clear as possible so your water goes where it’s supposed to and nowhere else.