What Are The Common Causes of Water Damage
Common Causes of Water Damage
Water damage is one of the most common home emergencies. It happens when a water source, usually a sink or toilet, leaks and causes water to seep under your flooring into the crawl space below. This can happen in any room of your house and whether you live in an apartment or a house, it affects everyone. The good news is that you can avoid this from happening by taking some simple steps. By being prepared for water damage issues, you will be able to deal with them quickly if they occur
Plumbing, Sink, Toilet, and Washing Machine Leaks
Plumbing leaks are a common cause of water damage. Leaks can be caused by a number of factors, including loose pipes, worn-out washers or hoses, and corrosion. Toilet leaks often occur when the ballcock in your toilet tank breaks or gets stuck inside the tank, resulting in an overflow that results in foul odors and stains. You may also notice wet spots on your floor near the baseboards or walls; this is likely due to a leaky toilet seal that causes water to spill over into nearby areas.
Sinks can also leak when faucet washers wear out or get stuck on debris buildup within them, which allows more water than usual to escape through these openings even when they're not being used. Another common source of sink leaks comes from under-the-sink drains—if these drains become clogged with hair and dirt particles (which often happen because they're difficult to reach), then it can cause excessive water pressure buildup behind them when you turn on one of those drains' faucets such as hot/cold taps or shower-heads; this pressure buildup results in flooding due to cracks opening up within those drains' surfaces after being subjected too much stress over time without proper maintenance!
Frozen Pipes/ Pipes Bursting
If you live in an area where freezing temperatures are common, it’s important to be aware of the signs that your pipes might be about to burst. If you find yourself with a frozen pipe, there are some steps you can take before calling a plumber.
First and foremost: don't try to thaw the pipe yourself by running hot water through it! This can cause small cracks in the pipe wall that will only get worse as time goes on. Instead, use a hair dryer or heat gun at a safe distance from the affected area until it's no longer frozen (this may take hours).
If this doesn't work and you have no other choice but to call for professional help—and believe us when we say this is not something you want happening again.
Leaking Water Heater Tank
The water heater tank is the most common cause of water damage in your home. Water heater tanks can leak for a variety of reasons, such as a faulty pressure relief valve or even corrosion. If you suspect that your water heater tank could be leaking, check it out immediately and take care of any issues that arise before they worsen.
Leaking water heaters are dangerous and can cause mold growth around your home. In some cases, leaking tanks may even cause structural damage to walls or floorboards if the leak is not addressed right away.
Roof leakage is another source of water damage, and can be caused by a variety of reasons:
- a roof leak due to faulty roofing material, such as shingles or tiles
- an undetected leaky roof joint or flashing
- damage from the natural elements, such as storms and high winds, which may cause leaks in an otherwise undamaged roofing system
Call the Professionals
In the case of water damage, it is critical to address the problem immediately. The longer you wait, the more damage will occur and the more expensive it will be to fix. Water damage restoration companies have different water extraction methods and equipment that allow them to remove water from your home or business in a timely manner. These companies specialize in wet carpet cleaning, mold remediation, and other services related to water removal and repair. In addition, they can help identify any underlying problems with your plumbing system so that they do not happen again in the future.
Water damage can be very stressful and overwhelming. Making sure that you are hiring SERVPRO of Lake Conroe to handle the situation is critical. We will have your Conroe, TX home back to normal as soon as possible.