What causes water damage? Sadly, there’s no simple answer. In fact, a lot of things can cause it. Sometimes it’s a major event like a flood. However, in many cases, it’s regular household inconveniences that cause the problem. Below, we’ve listed the most common reasons for water-related damage and some ways that you can prevent that damage.
Burst and Leaking Pipes
Leaking pipes can happen at any time, but burst pipes are more likely to happen in the winter. When the weather gets cold, the water in your pipes can freeze. Since water expands when it freezes, it can push against the walls of the pipe and create cracks. Eventually, the water will melt and start flowing through those cracks. You can prevent this problem by keeping your cabinet doors open in the winter, exposing your pipes to warm air. You can also let your water drip when the temperature dips below freezing.
Unlike burst pipes, ordinary leaks can have all sorts of causes. Sometimes pipes leak because they’ve gotten older. Sometimes the home is using the wrong water pressure. Whatever the cause, you should keep up with regular pipe maintenance so that you can prevent major damage in the future.
Can appliances cause water damage? They can, and they don’t even have to be broken to cause that damage. In fact, air conditioners, refrigerators, dishwashers, and all sorts of other appliances can leak small amounts of water. If it’s small enough that you don’t notice it, then you could have a huge buildup of damage over time. Just like with your pipes, you can prevent this damage by keeping up with regular appliance maintenance. You can also inspect the areas around these appliances for hidden damage.
Sometimes, water damage happens very, very gradually. It doesn’t always take a big rainstorm to damage a home. Often, it only takes a few humid summers and some drizzly seasons. This moisture can enter your home, creating mold and causing other types of water damage. To prevent this damage, make sure that you inspect the “forgotten” parts of your home every so often. Check out the attic, basement, and crawlspace. You can also use sump pumps and dehumidifiers to keep the moisture away.
There are lots of different ways for your home to experience water damage. Thankfully, ABCO Restoration is here to help with them all. From sump pump failure to water line leaks to all the problems that we’ve listed above, we’ve got it covered. Need help with water damage in your home? Then don’t delay. Call ABCO Restoration now.