Alconero & Associates - Top causes of water damage in your home
03 Aug

The water damage in your home may cause health problems, as well as compromise your property’s structural integrity. There is more to home water damage than just ruined carpets and mold damage. Identifying the root of these problems and taking action early on are ways to avoid water damage related problems. You don’t want to have to spend a fortune on home water damage repairs because you ignored the issue at its earliest stages. 

In this post, we’ll look at common signs of water damage that occurs in homes. You can then act quickly and identify the cause of any water damage to prevent it from getting any worse. 

Roof leak damages 

One of the most common causes of water damage to a home is roof leaks. When a roof leak occurs, it is usually not noticed until the resulting water damage is observed inside the house. Roof leak damage can cost homeowners thousands of dollars in repair bills. Property damage claims often involve ceilings, walls, drywall, flooring, insulation, cabinets, and other interior finishes. These are just some of the many concerns one should consider when dealing with claims for roof leak damage. 

Identifying and investigating other potential issues, such as: roof repairs, water extraction for mold damage prevention, structural drying, and restoration and repairs may present bigger obstacles to an insurance company’s adjuster than the simple apparent cosmetic damage to finishes. Having damaged personal property, such as clothes, furniture, electronics, and sentimental items, may be a delicate and emotional experience for a homeowner whose home has recovered from a water damage. 

Hurricane & flood 

Over the last two decades, many homeowners have become well-educated and accustomed to pre-hurricane planning and preparation. Hurricanes that came have taught homeowners in many states about the devastating effects of hurricane damage

Prior to a storm, residential property owners typically secure their windows & doors. In some states and building codes, long-term plans such as maintaining roof systems and strengthening structures with impact windows, doors, and hurricane straps are not only encouraged, but also required. 

However, flooding can still occur when there is excessive rain water brought in by these hurricanes. There is a high likelihood of flooding in your home when a large amount of rain water is not absorbed by the land. Be sure to purchase additional flood insurance if you live in a coastal area or flood prone area to cover the cost of flood damage. 

Damaged home appliances

When it comes to water damage in your home, water heaters and washing machines are one of the main culprits, due to deterioration and/or leaks. 

If your washing machine’s supply line leaks or is severed, large amounts of water could flood the space within an hour. Even though other appliances are bound to malfunction occasionally, these two mechanisms are particularly problematic. 

Burst or Leaking pipe damage

A broken leaking pipe can cause serious water damage. Water can leak into the home if the pressure is unregulated, the outside temperature changes quickly, or the pipes are old. During the winter, pipes can also burst or leak due to freezing temperatures. 

Be sure your pipes are insulated and that your home maintains a manageable temperature indoors throughout the entire year if you live in an area with extreme temperatures and particularly cold winters. Frozen pipe damage can cause serious water damage in your property. 

Toilet Overflows 

Occasionally, clogs can develop in sewer lines, preventing waste from being flushed into the drainage system and causing the toilet to overflow. This is known as blackwater and is not only hazardous, but also messy and unpleasant.  

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