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The top 4 causes of water damage in homes

2/13/2023 (Permalink)

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??Water damage can be a costly, time-consuming problem for homeowners. From flooding to plumbing issues, water damage can quickly spiral into an expensive and dangerous situation. Knowing the most common sources of water damage in homes is key to preventing it from happening in the first place. Let’s break those down now.

Plumbing Leaks 

One of the most common causes of water damage is plumbing leaks. These leaks can range from minor drips to major bursts that require immediate attention. It’s important to check all your plumbing fixtures regularly and fix any leaks you find as soon as possible. Failing to do so could result in significant amounts of water leaking into your walls and floors, causing both structural damage and mold growth. 

Roof Leaks 

Another common source of home water damage is roof leaks. Even a small leak can cause considerable amounts of damage if left unchecked for too long, as the leaked water will slowly seep into your walls and ceilings, eventually leading to mold growth and/or dry rot. Make sure you inspect your roof regularly for signs of wear and tear, such as missing or damaged shingles, cracked flashing, or other signs that could lead to a leaky roof. 

Appliance Malfunctions 

Appliances like refrigerators and washing machines are another common source of water damage in homes. Appliance malfunctions can range from potential flooding caused by a leaking fridge or dishwasher to mold growth caused by excessive dampness in your laundry room due to a malfunctioning washing machine or dryer vent. Make sure you inspect all your appliances regularly to ensure they are functioning properly and aren’t at risk for causing any type of water-related disaster!  

Weather Conditions

Weather conditions like heavy rain, hail, snowfall, hurricanes, and floods all have the potential to cause water damage if they are severe enough or occur frequently enough. You should inspect your roof regularly for any signs of wear or weakness that could make it more susceptible to weather-related damage. Additionally, make sure all windows and doors are closed securely when storms hit so as not to create an entryway for excess moisture into your home. 

Water damage is one of the most destructive forces that can affect your home, especially if not addressed quickly. But thankfully, there are many things you can do to help prevent it from happening in the first place. Taking proactive steps (like regularly checking pipes and hoses for leaks or cracks, inspecting roofs prior to storm season, and ensuring appliances are maintained properly) can help you avoid water damage and the costly repairs that come with it.

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