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Common Causes of Water Damage

Common Causes of Water Damage

Some of the most common causes of water damage are easily identified. When these occur, immediate stopping of the leak and drying of the premises is Job 1.

Some of the most common causes of water damage are easily identified. When these occur, immediate stopping of the leak and drying of the premises is Job 1. The most common obvious causes of water damage are:

  • Flooding
  • Plumbing Failure from Bursted Pipes
  • Accidents - Forgetting to turn off water in bathtub or sink
  • Sewer Back-Up

Harder to identify and potentially more damaging to structures and health are the initially invisible water damage problems that can lead to thousands of dollars in costly repairs. Signs of the initially hard to spot types of water damage are floor, wall or ceiling discoloration, soft wood and musty smell. If you see any of these signs, scrubbing stains or soaking up water won't solve the problem. Finding the source of the water leak is first priority to avoid further structural damage and minimize the development of harmful mold and mildew beneath floors and behind walls and ceilings.

Harder to identify causes of water damage:

  • Water pressure build-up causing pipe leaks
  • Malfunctioning Appliances
  • HVAC Failure
  • Roof Leaks
  • Basement Humidity

Pipes or appliances sometimes leak due to extra pressure caused by back-ups. Being conscious of how much you're putting down the toilet or making sure pipes are properly insulated before winter are good examples of prevention steps that can keep excess water pressure from building up. Properly maintaining appliances, HVAC, and sewer systems helps prevent future water damage, and if there's moisture build-up in your basement, a dehumidifier can be used to trap excess water to prevent mold build-up.

If you notice water damage and can't identify the source, or if you have a water damage emergency, it's time to call an expert. For 24/7 water damage repair in Seattle, Mercer Island or the Eastside, First Response Water Restoration can be reached at 206-535-1449 in Seattle or (971) 252-3003 on the Eastside.

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