Know the Main Sources of Water Damage
Water damage to your home is probably one of the biggest headaches you can have. The damage that it can do if not properly cared for can be annoying—and dangerous. While no one really expects water damage to happen, know that it can happen to you.
Being aware of how water can enter your home is one of the very first steps you can take to proactively prepare for an event like flooding. And while we think of water damage coming from storms, it often happens due to other common sources:
Appliances. Where would we be without the technology of modern-day appliances? The washing machine, the dishwasher, and the water heaters provide us with a luxury that is an expectation in today’s world. Of course, like everything else in life, luxury doesn’t come without some kind of cost. Water heaters, for example, can last up to 10 to 20 years, but as they age, they can leak or even cause an explosion.
Clogged gutters. When your gutters are clogged, water can’t drain effectively from your house, which can cause roof leaks and lead water to seep into your home through your ceiling and/or walls.
Roof damage. Along the same lines of clogged gutters, roof damage can happen because of clogged gutters or from other things such as hail or limbs falling. Even aging can cause shingles to degrade, which can contribute to leaks.
Pipes. Pipes bursting can be quite dangerous. The leaks they cause can start small, leading to water damage to your walls, which can ultimately lead to mold growth. Blocked pipes can also be a problem. Blockages can occur due to grease buildup, tree roots, hair, or many other things. When your pipes become blocked, the water has nowhere to go except back where it came from, causing an overflow of some sort.
While water damage to your home can be a big disaster, you can help yourself now by being proactive in getting your home prepared. If you can catch a leak before it happens or in the very early stages, you will end up saving yourself a lot of time and money.
If a water leak erupts into a big problem at home, you’ve got the best team in the business on your side. Contact SERVPRO today so we can get started.