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Here are the seven most common causes of water damage to avoid.
Thunderstorms, hurricanes, and heavy rains are all causes of significant water damage, especially to your home's foundation. Make sure to have functional sump pumps to prevent flooding in your home and install a flood alarm to alert if it does occur. You should also learn ways to protect your basement from water damage.
Downspouts are designed to collect rainwater and direct the flow away from your home. However, clogged downspouts can overflow and run down your home, causing water damage to your floors, walls, and ceilings. Ensure your downspouts are free of debris and adequately direct water flow away from your home.
Damaged or leaky pipes are tough to spot and repair, especially if they are in your walls. Keep an eye out for corroded pipe joints, or hire a professional to inspect your plumbing system. If you spot a water or mold stain on your drywall, there might be more leaks you need to find and repair immediately.
Similarly, harsh winters can cause frozen pipes to burst, leak, and cause water damage. Make sure to avoid frozen pipes during harsh winters.
Clogged drains can cause backups and leaks in your home, which results in water damage. Makes sure to regularly check all drains for blockage. It is always a great idea to use small screens to prevent materials from clogging drains. Similarly, you should run hot water in your drains monthly to dissolve blockages caused by debris, soap residue, or grease.
Your water heater and other water appliances like refrigerators, washing machines, and dishwashers are prone to leaks that cause water damage. This is especially true for older appliances. Ensure appliances are serviced regularly and check connected pipes, water supply lines, and drains for water damage.
Unmaintained or old HVAC systems are a common cause of leaks and flooding that cause water damage. Ensure your HVAC systems are serviced, maintained, and cleaned regularly to avoid such issues. Pay particular attention to the condensate pump and the hose attached to it – look for blockage, which could cause water to back up and overflow.
A broken or inadequate sump pump is another common cause of water damage. If there is flooding in your home and your sump pump is not working properly to remove the water, it could result in major water damage to your home or business. Always make sure your sump pump is working. A great tip is to have backup power for your sump pump or, better yet, a sump pump powered by the pressure of your water supply line.
If you need help with water damage prevention or water damage restoration, we highly recommend consulting and hiring expert professionals like Mammoth Restoration for the job. Call us at 609.859.5600 or email us.