4 Common Causes Of Water Damage

Water damage can be one of the most damaging things that can occur to your home or business. When water damage occurs, it often not only destroys the material it comes into contact with by making the material waterlogged, it also allows mold and mildew, which are even more damaging, the opportunity to thrive. When it comes to dealing with water damage, you need to be able to identify the source of the water damage.

Source of Water Damage: Roof

One common source of water damage is your roof. Over time, various parts of your roof will wear down. Not all parts of your roof wear down at once, which is why it can be easy to overlook roof damage that could lead to leaks. For example, the caulking around a pipe could wear off, allowing water to leak into your building, or the valley of the roof may wear out more than the tile of the roof, leading to leaks. Water damage from a roof is sometimes sudden and obvious, but more often than not, this is a creeping type of leak, where the water slowly creeps into the building.

Source of Water Damage: Plumbing

The second source of water damage can come from your plumbing. Plumbing leaks are very common. A fitting around a pipe may have worn out, or the pipe may have burst due to cold weather. Plumbing leaks that occur to pipes within your wall may be harder to spot than a plumbing leak under the sink. However, when you have a plumbing leak, you will generally experience a decrease in pressure in the affected pipes, which is a sign that you need to investigate and find the leak or issue causing the low pressure.

Source of Water Damage: Appliances

Another popular source of water damage is an appliance that misbehaves. Perhaps your dishwasher is leaking water out of the bottom. This should be obvious to see. Maybe water is leaking from your fridge or your washing machine, instead.

Keep a close eye on any appliances that rely on or use water. If you ever notice water around the base of the appliance, be sure to find the source. Water damage from appliances can damage your flooring. The best way to prevent water damage from appliances is to keep your appliances in good working condition.

Source of Water Damage: Flood

The final common source of water damage that you need to be aware of is flood water. When there is a flood and water gets into your home, it can be really damaging. Floodwater is not clean water, and it can carry all kinds of contaminants in it. As soon as the flood water recedes, work to get the water out of your home and repair the damage. You may also want to look into raising the overall height of your home. 

For more information on flood restoration, contact a restoration company.