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Water Damage in the Home: Areas, Causes, Signs

1/23/2023 (Permalink)

Water splashing in a sink. Sinks are a common area for water damage to originate.

Homeowners should always be prepared for a water damage event, and one way to do this is by knowing about some of the common areas to check for water damage, and some of the common causes or signs. The following information is by no means comprehensive or finite - there is an abundance of water damage related information. But hopefully these lists will act as starter information to homeowners so that 

Areas to Check Around the Home

  • Washer and Dryer - when the water supply line to the washer leaks (or bursts) this can spell big trouble. Checking this frequently used area often can save you trouble by always knowing the condition it's in.
  • In and around sinks and bathtubs - these areas are inundated with water all of the time, and often show signs of water damage first. The pipes will leak, which is a sure sign water damage has either already happen, or will happen soon. Discolored caulking is another sign for sinks and bathtubs - if it's discolored, it's had enough time to grow mold from water damage.
  • Walls - walls will show hidden moisture damage by becoming discolored, changing in texture or looking warped, or even growing mold. 

These are only a few areas you can check for water damage - but there are so many more. Additional research may help you with your homecare journey.

Causes of Water Damage

  • Extreme weather of any kind, though cold weather in particular, can lead to water damage. By freezing in pipes, water expands and often disturbs the alignment or strength of the plumbing and causes a rupture. When the ice begins to thaw, the water will seep through the rupture. This is where the trouble begins - and water damage like this can be vast.
  • Clogged gutters. This can damage a roof and let in water, or it can allow water to run excessively on the siding of the home. This can lead to damage, erosion, and eventually spread.
  • Leaking pipes or blocked drains. Sometimes pipes, fittings, and other integral parts of plumbing become worn out with time and age. This is normal, and plumbing in the home requires routine care. However, leaks often start small and are barely noticeable. By the time you do notice them, the water damage to your home has begun. Blocked drains can add extra pressure to your plumbing, which can accelerate any age related issues and lead to a burst pipe.

It's never too early or late to begin routine maintenance on your home to prevent water damage. And should you ever experience any, we will be here to help you with any restoration or mitigation services you may need.

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