There are numerous causes of water damage that can affect a typical home. Any situation that results in standing water or leaks will gradually give rise to water damage. Unfortunately, left unabated, water damage will inadvertently cause serious mold growth and the related mold damage, and structural damage that can be costly to repair. Preventing this train of issues from arising requires homeowners to seek the services of professional plumbers to make immediate repairs.
The following are some of the leading causes of water damage to be on the lookout for:
#1. Leaking/Burst Pipes – One of the biggest culprits as far water damage is concerned is burst and leaky pipes, causing ‘escape of water’ as is commonly called by insurers. A common cause of water leaks and burst is freezing water. The freezing of water inside pipes and the subsequent expansion of the ice increase the pressure inside the pipes, causing bursts and leaks.
Looseness around the plumbing joints can cause water leaks over time. The combination of carrion, water pressure, and aging can make pipes susceptible to water leaks.
#2. Toilet Overflows – Overflowing of the toilet is typically caused by blocked or clogged drains, an improperly adjusted float that lets water in the tank to overfill, or a blocked vent pipe.
Escape of water due to a blocked toilet is relatively easy to spot as the toilet bowl will not evacuate water down the drain.
An overflowing caused by a high filler float results in water spilling out of the water tank as the tank holds a higher amount of water than is necessary. Water starts to leak from the side.
In the case of a blocked vent pipe, it rises when the vent pipe cannot supply enough air into the plumbing system due to a blockage. The vent is meant to replenish air into the bowl after every flush. As such, with a vent pipe blockage, you will notice that the toilet bowl will block more frequently as it cannot flash properly.
#3. Worn/Faulty Appliances – Old worn or faulty appliances are also culpable when it comes to water damage. A leaking water hose from the boiler, washing machine, dishwasher, or refrigerator can steadily drip water for months on end until it is fixed or repaired.
#4. Plumbing Issues – Plumbing issues that cause the escape of water that can cause water damage are the issues related to the plumbing system itself. For instance, leaks in the shut-off valve, plumbing fixtures (such as taps, sinks, and bathtubs), and pipe connections can cause a steady drip of water, resulting in water damage.
#5. Clogged Gutters – At first glance, clogged gutters might not seem dangerous for the structural soundness of your home. However, there is a real danger a clogged gutter can give rise to water damage on parts inside (for instance, the ceiling) and outside (for example, the fascia) of your home. The stagnation of rainwater or the overflow of the water from your gutter can easily find its way into your home, resulting in water damage that can be costly to repair.
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