When it comes to water damage in the home, there are 5 major causes that make up the bulk of the cases reported to restoration companies. Knowing the probable causes of water damage can go a long way towards help you to protect your home or business from a potentially serious problem.
The most common cause of water damage is the failure of piping within the home, not just water pipes but also supply lines for washers, dishwashers, and refrigerators. This problem can be headed off by purchasing steel braided hoses to replace supply lines, as well as inspecting the pipes in the home on a regular basis and replacing anything that is showing signs of wear.
Accidents such as overflowing tubs or backed up toilets can also cause water damage. Believe it or not, children are the normal culprits in these scenarios, either ignoring running water or finding it fascinating enough to allow sinks and tubs to overflow.
Speaking of toilets, sewer backup is another common cause, and easily the nastiest. We won’t discuss what it is that normally clogs toilets, but there is another suspect you may not be aware of….tree roots. They are naturally drawn to, um, natural fertilizer and may invade and clog the drain lines in your sewer system.
Basement humidity. Basements are naturally humid environments, and left unchecked, said humidity can result in the warping of floors, softening of drywall, as well as the propagation of mold, mildew, and potentially dangerous mycotoxins. Dehumidifiers may be installed and run on a regular basis to curtail the effects of excess humidity in the air. If you have more serious water problems, consult a professional water restoration provider.
Flash flooding is one of the most rare causes of water intrusion in the home, however, when it does occur it is one of the most serious and destructive. Flash floods can form in a matter of minutes, and when they do they give very little, if any, warning to those who may be in the path.