Water is one of the most important parts of life- for humans, animals, for the world around us. But it also has the potential to do a lot of damage, and one of the best ways to avoid a disaster is to be prepared. Today, we want to give you a list of some of the most common causes of water damage so that you can be aware and take steps to prevent flooding, leaks, mold, and other problems.
Severe storms, hurricanes, or flash floods don’t happen very often, but they always hold a risk of property damage when they do occur. Torrential rain or powerful wind can damage your roof, allowing water inside, or cause water to rise to levels that enter your home’s basement or ground floor. A simple google search will tell you if you life in an area prone to flash flooding so that you can be aware!
When gutters become clogged with leaves, sticks, and other debris, they stop shunting water away from your house and instead begin to do the exact opposite- water overflows the channels, runs down the sides of your home, and can damage ceilings, walls, and floors. Old or leaky gutters can also have similar issues even if they remain clear from blockages.
If a loosened pipe underneath your sink can cause warping, rot, and structural damage to the cabinets around it, imagine what a broken pipe inside your walls can do! It can not only seriously weaken your home, it can pave the way for a major colony of mold to start growing without being seen. The worst case scenario is a leaking supply line or drainage pipe below the concrete slab of your home.
Washing machines and dishwashers also have their own water supply lines, and these can cause leaks as well. Any area of your home that carries a water supply carries it through a series of pipes that can be vulnerable to leaks from damage (or blockages, especially in drains, which can cause similar problems!) so you should always keep an eye out.
Air conditioning units naturally produce condensation when they’re running, which is why there is an evaporator coil to drain that moisture into a drain pan and away from your property with the use of a drain line. If the drain pan becomes damaged or the line is clogged (again, damage or blockage) the water leaks straight from the A/C unit into your home, making a damp environment for mold to grow, or even soaking through your insulation.
If water heaters are poorly installed, improperly maintained, or simply old, there’s a high chance of them eventually beginning to leak. Leaks can also be caused by increased pressure in the tank that becomes too much for the heater to handle. Once this happens, you can expect the area where it’s installed (usually a basement or closet) to begin flooding very quickly.
The list might seem long, but avoiding water damage isn’t impossible. Keep an eye on the causes listed above, and you’ll be well on your way to preventing a problem before it starts. If you have any questions about water damage or mold growth prevention in your home, or if you’ve discovered an issue with any of these areas, please give us at the Flood Medix a call! We’re always happy to help.