How to Identify and Address Water Damage


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Water damage of any kind can cause unwanted stress. Homeowners or commercial building owners dealing with water damage in their property should seek immediate assistance from professionals. Waiting to seek help will only incur additional and avoidable property damage.

We are proud to offer our water damage restoration service to different types of property owners. In the meantime, some homeowners and commercial building owners may have questions about what they can look for to avoid further incidents of water damage.

What Causes Water Damage?

There are many possible causes of water damage. By knowing the causes, property owners can better prevent future problems. The causes may include:

Plumbing leaks – It can be difficult for the average person to identify plumbing issues. Sometimes pipes will rust and start to corrode, resulting in leaks. Additional plumbing leak causes are high water pressure, weak pipe joints, and extreme temperatures.

Clogged gutters – Regardless of the season, gutter clogs can lead to water damage. People who do not clear their gutters filled with ice, sludge, or leaves will find that the water has nowhere else to travel. The water oftentimes resultantly floods toward the structure of the house.

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Broken or burst pipes – Everyone notices when the seasons change and the pipes are no exception. Pipes commonly burst when there are abrupt temperature shifts. Check to see the quality of the pipes. Older and rustier ones will not handle extreme temperatures as well as newer ones.

Leaking roofs – Old roofs are more prone to leaking than their counterparts. The same issue applies to flatter roofs, where the water has nowhere to go and simply settles on it. People buying older homes should consider all types of variables, including the state of the roof. Those already taking out a mortgage on a new house will not want to make additional monthly payments for home repairs.

Wall moisture – Kitchens and bathrooms are the most common rooms to develop wall moisture. Homeowners may need water damage restoration services for other rooms if the house is prone to condensation issues in the winter months.

Cracked foundation – Foundation cracks can be both the cause and effect of water damage. These cracks often lead to moisture problems in homes. Inversely, exterior water pressure will cause these cracks and create a vicious cycle.

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Bad storms or heavy rainfall – Even the best plumbing system can sometimes be no match for the natural elements. Heavy rainfall or snowstorms can cause severe water damage. Monitor the drainage system throughout any storm. Keeping an eye on drain functionality may help identify problems before they worsen.

Broken appliances – When washing machines and dishwashers break down, it almost always results in some form of water damage. A bad water connection will often lead to these malfunctions. Listen to the devices to hear if they make unusual noises. Certain noises may indicate that the appliance has started to rust or become faulty.

Water Damage Restoration Process

Further property damage, like wood rot and mold growth, can develop if owners do not address water damage. Mold can develop inside of a home within 24 hours. Our team of specialists will use specific, proven-effective equipment to remove excess moisture from the affected property. We will also remove any excess water before drying and dehumidifying the damaged area. Our team will further recommend repairs to help eliminate the risk of future water damage.

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