The 4 Main Causes of Water Damage Inside the Home | SERVPRO® of Downtown Charleston
Everyone appreciates the advancement of modern plumbing and piping technologies. It allows us to clean our dishes, wash our clothes and transport both clean and dirty water to and from the house respectively.
However, whether you realize it or not, your property is packed with piping systems that bring hundreds of gallons of running water to your home every day. These complicated systems are generally sturdy and capable of withstanding stress, but when they do break, it’s crucial that you identify where the water is coming from so that you can address the issue fast.
It’s possible to prevent water damage from becoming a serious problem, but being proactive and keeping a watchful eye on these causes can help you prevent destruction:
Everyone knows that bursting pipes can cause your home to flood rapidly, but leaky pipes are early signs that trouble is on the way. Loose-fitting pipes are often the first to leak, either because of improper installation or slow degradation of the seal on the pipe.
These minorly damaged pipes can cause slow leaks that create the perfect environment for mold to grow. Make sure that your plumbing is in working order to prevent further damage.
When your drains experience clogging the flow of water is disrupted and will seek the path of least resistance, which is typically back into your home. Minor clogs can indicate that your plumbing is in need of inspection to prevent extreme clogging.
The water that results from clogs can be dangerous because it’s contaminated and holds bacteria.
Water heaters work by continuously filling themselves so that you have access to warm water whenever you need it. This is a great advancement, but it has its downfalls as well.
Because of this constant filling, leaks in water heaters can wreak havoc on your home and continuously pump water into your floors, walls and belongings. Checking your water heater for pressure, moisture and corrosion can help you avoid tragedy.
It’s important to get an annual checkup on your AC because malfunctions don’t always present themselves. Air conditioners suck moisture from the air and this process can lead to a buildup of water inside the machine. When left unattended or improperly drained, this water can leak and follow the path of least resistance, usually into your home.
Just because your AC appears to be working properly doesn’t mean that it always is. Routinely checking your air conditioner for damage and leaks can prevent moisture from seeping into your home.
It’s very easy to overlook the fact that water flows in, out and under your property nonstop. Until one day when you hear that loud burst and the sound of water gushing out into your home. This is a situation that no one wants to face, but many of the people who do are unprepared.
Water is one of the most damaging and dangerous elements that can affect your home at any time, and the costs are shocking. The costs for water damage can be between $5,000 to $70,000+, with the average insurance claim being more than $15,000 depending on the extent of the damage.
Regularly monitoring your pipes, heaters and air conditioning is the best way to stay ahead of water damage. It’s always best to be prepared, but even if you’re not, SERVPRO of Downtown Charleston will be there for you!
Regardless of the type of water damage sustained, SERVPRO has the tools and teams to help your home or business recover. Contact us 24⁄7 when you need a dependable team to help you recover.