Top 4 Causes of Water Damage and How to Prevent Them

There are numerous reasons why your home might experience water damage—faulty or broken appliances, flood/natural disaster, and more. When disaster strikes, it is imperative to find a water damage company to help mitigate the amount of damage that your home sustains from excess water left standing. This causes common risks, such as mold growth, foundational issues, and flooding. Here are a few tips from the experts at Entrusted to help you avoid these risks and prevent your home from excess water damage.

Appliance Leaks

Appliances that are malfunctioning or clogged can leak water. A prime example is a leaking dishwasher.  This can result in serious damage to the surrounding cabinets and a warped floor or even mold. If you can see water, there is a very good possibility that there may also be water where you can’t see it. It is the places where you can’t see the water that serious water damage can occur.

The best way to prevent water damage from occurring as a result of an appliance leak is to clean up the water as quickly as possible. Stop using the appliance until you either have the leak repaired or replace the appliance.

Broken Pipes

Serious water damage can occur as the result of a broken pipe. Pipes can burst from a simple change in water pressure. Even a seemingly insignificant leak can result in substantial water damage over an extended period of time.

The best way to protect your home is to regularly inspect your home for signs of leaking pipes and water damage. The earlier that you can detect moisture and water, the more likely you are to prevent more extensive damage from occurring. If you do have a pipe burst in your home, be sure to contact professionals immediately.

Water Overflow

One way to cause a lot of damage really quickly is to simply forget to turn off a sink faucet or bathtub, or even an overflowing toilet. This can result in soggy carpet and warped flooring, possibly even breaking through the ceiling in the room below if ignored for long enough. If you don’t clean up and restore the area as soon as you discover it, you can experience permanent damage.

Be sure to keep an eye out for running faucets to prevent overflowing and damage. Be sure you know where to locate and turn off the water supply to each toilet in your home. Each toilet should have a valve that is located on the wall below the tank.

Sewer Backup

Your home’s sewage system can get backed up as the result of a storm in your area or even by tree roots blocking your home’s pipes. Regardless of the cause, a sewer backup can lead to catastrophic water overflow, and substantial damage if you are unable to react fast and begin the cleanup process.

The best way to prevent your sewer line from being backed up by tree roots is to have a sewer expert clean out your sewer line every other year. Unfortunately, there isn’t much that you can do to prevent a sewer back up as a result of a storm. Check to make sure that your homeowner’s insurance policy protects against water damage caused by sewer backups.

No one ever wants to see their home get damaged by water. But it does happen, usually when you least expect it. When it does happen, call a water damage company, such as Entrusted, to effectively and quickly clean up the mess and return your home to its previous condition.