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Most Common Causes of Water Damage

Most Common Causes of Water Damage

Most Common Causes of Water Damage
Understanding the various causes of water damage can help take the steps necessary to avoid costly damage caused by sitting water. Water damage causes seen and unseen problems that can translate to hundreds if not thousand of dollars in repair and damage restoration.

Understanding the various causes of water damage can help take the steps necessary to avoid costly damage caused by sitting water. Water damage causes seen and unseen problems that can translate to hundreds if not thousand of dollars in repair and damage restoration. Avoid costly damage by knowing and avoiding the most common causes of water damage:

  • Plumbing Failure – Leaking or broken pipes
  • Malfunctioning Appliances – Dishwasher, wash machine, etc.
  • Water Build Up – By rain, spills, leaks, etc.
  • Accidents – Overflowing bathtubs, forgetting to turn off the water
  • Flooding – Either natural flooding or accidental
  • Sewer Back Up – Especially not fun to deal with
  • Roof Leaks – Can cause dry rot in rafters or soak drywall
  • Basement Humidity – Excess humidity can cause mold and mildew.

Signs of water damage include stains, discoloration, mold, mildew and soft wood. If you know what to look for then your chances detecting leaks and other sources of water early will increase, as will the probability of handling the damage successfully. Hiring water damage restoration professionals is the only way to be truly sure than the damage has been remedied.

Cleaning up after water damage is important, and many DIY homeowners have run into trouble trying to take care of water damage themselves. Don’t start cleaning up the water before you stop the source, of course, and make sure you don’t stop at just soaking up the water. By ignoring the thorough drying and airing out that’s necessary to remove all moisture, you’re creating an environment for mold and mildew to develop beneath your floors and behind your walls. Without proper drying, there’s also an increased risk of wood rot developing in your home’s support beams.

When a pipe breaks, whether it’s from freezing temperatures or a back up, you’ll notice water collecting on your walls or ceiling. Pipes generally leak before they burst. Being conscious of what you’re putting down the toilet and checking to make sure your pipes are properly insulated before winter are good steps to prevent broken pipes and other plumbing failures.

Properly maintain your appliances, including HVAC and sewer systems, to prevent future water damage. For excessive basement moisture, use a dehumidifier to trap excess water and prevent mold and mildew growth.

If you’ve noticed signs of water damage that could be causing unseen damage or if you have a water damage emergency, then it’s time to call on a trusted local restoration and remodeling company. Willamette Restoration Inc. has years of experience with water damage in Portland, as well as fire damage restoration and home remodeling. They can be contacted at (971) 252-3003 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

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