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Common Causes of Residential Water Damage

4/4/2022 (Permalink)

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Where there is water, there is the potential for water damage.  From leaking pipes to appliance malfunction, the opportunity for water to end up where it shouldn’t be is very high for homeowners throughout our community.  So, what are some of the most common causes of water damage, and how can we reduce this risk?

  • Damaged Pipes: Whether from aging, continued use, or unexpected malfunction, damage to piping and plumbing is one of the leading causes of residential water damage.  Check common leak areas, such as underneath sinks, regularly for water staining.  If living in an older home, consider having a professional update the plumbing system for the property.  Avoid pouring corrosive chemicals down the drains that can weaken the integrity of pipes.
  • Appliances: Dishwashers, Refrigerators, and Clothes Washing Machines all share one commonality: water lines.  These lines have the potential, over time, to crack, break, or disconnect, allowing a continuous flow of water to go where it need not be.  When moving appliance, always check water supply lines to make sure they stay properly connected.  Periodically check for any cracks or dry rotting in hoses.  If a leak does occur, discontinue water supply to the appliance until the leak has been corrected.
  • Clogged Drains: Back-ups from toilets, bathtubs, or sinks can occur very easily when the draining system is obstructed.  Consider using strainers inside of sinks and tubs to catch debris that can cause a clog.  If you notice water draining more slowly than normal, consider employing a plumber to check your drainage system for obstructions.  Do not leave running water in sinks or tubs unattended.
  • Water Heater Malfunction: Your water heater has the potential to release an extreme amount of water in a very short amount of time if it malfunctions.  Always follow the manufacturer’s recommendations when it comes to maintenance of your water heater.  Periodically check for any leaks, water staining, or standing water around you water heater and, if found, address these issues immediately.

Water damage don’t wait, and neither does the SERVPRO of Albany and Americus team.  We offer 24/7/365 emergency response when water damages strike and take great pride in providing the highest possible level of customer service to our community members in need.  To learn more about our water damage restoration process, request help, or for general questions, please do not hesitate to give us a call at 229-439-2048.  SERVPRO of Albany and Americus: “We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!”

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