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Common Culprits of Water Damage

7/25/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage

Water damage happens when an excess amount of water starts to pool in areas it shouldn’t be. A lot of different factors can make this extra water, and will, therefore, contribute to water damage. When you know about potential causes, you can take steps to help make sure you are protected against a flood or a leak. You’ll also be able to see a problem as soon as it happens, and take care of it before it has a chance to cause any more damage. The quicker you notice a problem, the less work the water damage restoration company, such as SERVPRO, will have to fix.

Leaking or Bursting Pipes
Pipes which leak or burst are fairly common culprits for water damage. Toilets and drains which get blocked and backed up will create pressure in the pipe, causing to leak or burst. Another common reason for pipes to burst is garbage disposals which aren’t working right, as are roots growing in your yard into the lines of the sewer. Rust or old pipes are more prone as well to leaking.

Problems with Plumbing
Even though some plumbing issues happen inside the walls and are not possible to detect, a lot of them occur because of pipe joints and hoses which are not attached completely. Doing periodic checks under your sink can help to mitigate these problems with plumbing.

Basement, Crawl Space, and Attic Concerns
Particular sections of your home, such as basements, crawl spaces and attics are more prone to water damage. Crawl spaces are what builders add under homes to let them put in electrical wires and pipe. A damp, dark crawl space lets mold flourish, causing damage to the structure. Moisture that drips through the concrete foundation of your home will cause leaks in the basement. Leakage of air into the section between the home and the attic can make moisture on the under part of your roof, leading to rotting and mold. Periodically check your home for any of these problems.

Household Appliances that are Malfunctioning
As they get older, the pipes of household appliances can crack and rust, and their hoses weaken. Washing machines, refrigerators, dishwashers and water heaters are all susceptible to this deterioration, so keep an eye on your machines when they are older. The main two appliances which cause water damage the most often in homes are hot water tanks and washing machines.

Also, common causes of water damage, HVAC systems, especially air conditioners, need regular servicing. When they are not properly maintained, they can cause the buildup of moisture. As it cools it can interact with mold spores in the ducts of the air conditioning, encouraging the growth of mold inside.

Issues Related to Natural Disasters and Weather
You don’t have control over these natural disasters, but you can take several preventative measures ahead of time. Sudden storms and flash floods can all cause the buildup of water.

Promptly attend to these causes of water damage in OKC by calling us at SERVPRO of Norman at (405) 292-0808. No matter the cause of your water damage, we’ll make a proper plan for remediation and fix your property back to the way it was before.

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