Top Causes of Water Damage in Your Home: How You Can Prevent Them
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Water damage can happen at any time. From plumbing leaks to faulty or broken appliances, water overflow has the potential to cause some serious damage, especially if it’s not taken care of right away. In order to reduce common risks like mold growth, foundational issues, and flooding caused by water damage, use these tips from Service Master Restore to effectively maintain your fixtures and appliances.
1. Appliance Leaks
Malfunctioning and clogs can cause appliances to leak. A dishwasher leak, for instance, can cause water damage to cabinetry and lead to warped wood or mold growth. The fact is, if there is water where you can see it, there is very likely water where you can't. That's where the serious water damage can occur.
If your dishwasher or other appliance has a leak, clean up the leakage as quickly as possible and have your appliance repaired or replaced.
2. Broken Pipes
If a pipe ruptures in your home, serious water damage can occur. Sometimes, all it takes is a change in water pressure or freezing temperatures to cause pipes to burst. Even a minor dripping leak can lead to substantial water damage over time.
To guard against leaks, inspect your home often for signs of leaking pipes and other signs of water damage. Early moisture detection can prevent more extensive damage down the line. If a pipe does burst, call a professional immediately.
3. Water Overflow
Forgetting to turn off the sink or tub faucet can lead to a soggy problem fast. Water overflow caused by sinks or toilets can wreck flooring and carpeting, and even break through a downstairs ceiling if ignored long enough. If not completely cleaned up and restored right away, you may also experience permanently damaged wood and mold growth.
Remember to always keep an eye on running faucets. To ensure your toilets don't overflow, know how to turn off the water supply on each toilet at the valve located on the wall.
4. Sewer Backup
Sewer backups are either caused by brutal storms or tree roots blocking your home's pipes. Both of these instances can lead to catastrophic water overflow, especially if you aren't able to act fast.
To guard against the risk of tree roots blocking your pipes, have a sewer expert clean out your sewer line every other year. While you can't combat a storm, we recommend contacting your insurance agent to discuss which homeowner policy can protect you against water damage caused by sewer backups.
Even with the best precautions, it can be difficult to guard against all the causes of water damage in the home. If damage does occur because of plumbing leaks or water overflow, call on ServiceMaster Restore to act fast and restore your home back to normal. Our experts will analyze your damage and create a unique, comprehensive restoration plan to get your home up and running as soon as possible.