A Look at Common Causes for Water Damage in the Home | SERVPRO® of The Lower Shore
Water damage feels like a nightmare for homeowners, but there are many different paths to the same outcome. Water damage can occur for a variety of reasons throughout a home, and being aware of all the possibilities is a must so you are able to plan ahead.
While planning for water damage may seem futile, when you consider how many households experience it in any given year, having a plan can be a major factor in how easily your recovery process proceeds. Below, we will be looking at some of the causes of water damage that can occur in the home so you are aware of the possibilities and what to look for if you suspect something is amiss.
Common Causes of Household Water Damage
Weather-related damages. When most people think of water damage, weather-related causes are likely what comes to mind first. This can include something mild, such as a roof leak during heavy rainfall, or something far more serious such as a flash flood. If you experience weather-related water damage, it is vital to reach out to your insurance company about coverage as each scenario can be handled differently.
Plumbing-related damages. Damages due to plumbing issues, such as burst or leaking pipes, can range from sudden and dramatic to slow and gradual. Experiencing a burst pipe can cause serious amounts of damage in a short amount of time, while a leaking pipe can lead to a much more gradual issue. Fortunately, plumbing issues are typically covered by insurance provided the issue is not due to any negligence on behalf of the homeowner.
Appliance-related damages. Leaking appliances can cause serious water damage without homeowners ever realizing it, as the leak will likely occur behind or below the appliance. Dishwashers, refrigerators and washing machines are common sources of household leaks, so checking behind these appliances on a regular basis can help you discover these before they cause serious problems. Discoloration in areas, softening of walls or subfloors, and a musty smell are all signs that water damage may be present.
If you have water damage of any type, we have the expertise to be able to help. We are here for you 24⁄7 to provide a quick response and speed the restoration process along. Contact us today for more information.