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The 5 Most Common Causes Of Water Damage
Water damage can result in a host of problems – from expensive repairs to health hazards and a disrupted routine. Water damage can be caused by a variety of sources, but these five are the most common ones:
Dishwashers, washing machines and hot water heaters are some of the most common culprits of water damage in a home. Water leaks not only occur from malfunctions and age-related degeneration of these appliances, but can also occur due to an issue with the supply lines that run to them.
Damaged Pipes and Plumbing Problems
Damaged or burst pipes are one of the biggest causes of water damage in homes. Pipes that have aged and developed rust or weakened seams are prone to leaks. During the winter, when pipes are exposed to very low temperatures, it’s common for homeowners to experience cracking and burst pipes.
Tip: If you like to get away from the cold and go on vacation during the winter, shut off your water main to prevent excess pressure from bursting your pipes while you’re away.
Broken windows from flying debris during a storm, or windows that have not been sealed properly, can result in water damage. Water and moisture can seep in through holes and gaps, leading to water damage and mold growth. It is important that all the windows are sealed properly and re-caulking done, as caulk deteriorates over time.
Roof damage isn’t always obvious, but once it rains you’ll notice it. Holes or damage to your roof can lead to water seeping into your home, impacting its structural integrity and your belongings. When your gutter system is clogged and leaking, water can reach your foundation and settle in your basement. While roofs are made from durable materials, they tend to deteriorate over time if not properly maintained. Apart from that, snow, ice, heavy rainfall or storms can lead to roof damage.
HVAC Water Issues
Frozen pipes and evaporator coils, clogged drains and general wear and tear are all issues that HVAC systems have that can lead to water damage. Worn-out HVAC ducts can also lead to water leakage and cause severe damage to homes. Be sure to schedule regular maintenance and cleaning of your HVAC system to decrease the chances of water damage.
As a homeowner, you want to safeguard your investment and reduce any unnecessary expenses. Staying on top of potential water damage risks is a key way to do this. However, sometimes situations are beyond our control. If you’re ever in need of water damage remediation services, be sure to call the experts at NewGen Remediation Specialists for fast and effective cleanup.