Water damage can come from a vast variety of different sources. Because of this, it can be very difficult to prevent. Thus, if you do ever find your home affected by water damage, you should get in touch with a professional cleaning and restoration company right away. We at White Knight Restoration in the Waukesha area are one such company here for you and ready to respond to any of your water damage restoration needs. Below are six commons causes of water damage for you to be aware of so you can prevent them from ever causing water damage in your home.
Bursting Or Leaking Pipes
Pipes that burst or leak is one of the most common culprits of water damage. Drains and toilets that get backed up and blocked can cause undue pressure in the pipe, which then causes it to burst or leak. Garbage disposals that aren’t working properly are another common reason for pipes to burst, as are roots that grow in the yard into the sewer lines. Old or rusty pipes are also more prone to leaking. Finally, freezing winter weather may lead to pipes bursting or cracking.
Plumbing problems are often hard to detect until the problem becomes serious. If you notice any problems you should have your plumbing inspected by a professional as soon as possible.
Basement, Attic, And Crawl Space Issues
Some sections of your home are much more prone to water damage than others. Your basement, attic, and crawlspace are the three most water damage-prone areas. You should take care to regularly inspect these areas to ensure no water is leaking down into them. If you notice a musty odor in them it may be an indication that you have water and/or mold damage somewhere down there as well.
As household appliances get older, their pipes begin to rust and crack and their hoses can weaken. Washing machines, refrigerators, water heaters, and dishwashers are all susceptible to deterioration, so keep a closer eye on older machines. The two main appliances that cause water damage in homes most frequently are washing machines and hot water tanks.
Weather And Natural Disasters
Inclement weather poses the most unavoidable water damage threat. Serious natural disasters such as hurricanes and typhoons are likely to cause the most damage. More common, however, is when a powerful rain, hail, or snow storm exploits the weak parts of your home causing water to leak into your home or even your roof to cave in if snow piles on top of it. You should fortify any weak parts of your home you know are susceptible to leaking if a storm is coming to keep your home safe.
As stated earlier, water damage is difficult to avoid and come from many different sources. Fortunately, knowing about these sources and being aware of how you can prevent them from causing any damage can go a long way towards preventing water damage in your home. Nonetheless, any water damage issues you may encounter can be quickly and effectively handled by our team of restoration professionals at White Knight Restoration in Waukesha area if needed.