There are lots of ways in which water damage can affect your home, but what are some of the most common? How does water damage start? Where does the water come from, and how can one be mindful to help prevent the potential damage that can occur? To begin, here are some significant and common ways that water finds its way into your home:
- Sewer backups. If you experience sewage backed up into your home, do not try to clean it up yourself. There are serious health risks involved in cleaning up sewage, and it’s best to leave it to trained professionals. If your sewer backs up, call an experienced restoration company that can come in and do the water restoration work the right way.
- Your drains get clogged. This is surprisingly simple, but when your drain gets clogged, all it takes is walking away for a moment for the sink to overflow. Or maybe you run the bathtub and it fills faster than usual because the spillover drain doesn’t release some of the water. Regardless, it can happen quickly, and you can find yourself with water flowing through the different layers of your homes.
- Sump pump failures. If you use a sump pump in your basement, any mechanical failure or clog can send gallons and gallons of water out across the basement. If you don’t catch it right away, mold and mildew can grow, as well. It’s always best to have a restoration company like Duckstein come in and help with basement flooding.
- Burst pipes. When the weather gets cold enough, the pipes in your home can freeze (or even just a small section of them) and tremendous pressure builds up inside the pipes—which then leads to the pipe bursting. Either immediately or when the weather warms up, water will obviously start to flow from the cracks in the pipe, causing massive amounts of water damage—especially if you aren’t home to catch it right away!
- Failed AC units. Especially when the AC units are on the top of the home, overflowing pans and clogged lines can mean overflowing water.
- Broken garbage disposals. When you find that your garbage disposal decided to leak water and food materials inside your cabinets, through the floors, and into the basement . . . call a professional restoration company.
- Laundry room problems. From an overflowing washing machine to a torn water line, laundry machines are no strangers to causing water damage inside a home. Check your lines regularly to be sure there are no signs of damage, and follow all the instructions on the washing machine.
- Toilets and bathrooms. Toilets are easy to fix, thankfully, but come with risks. From a bad water line to damage to the tank to clogs, toilets have many ways in which they can dump water onto your floors.
In most cases with water damage, a small puddle that recently occurred can be cleaned up by a homeowner (and this is what you’ll likely come in contact with the most). Anything that has gone beyond a puddle on the floor or that has come through the walls or ceiling, however, requires professional restoration to fix it completely. We have tools here that look behind walls to detect water damage, the high-end restoration machines and chemicals to clean any type of black water situation, and the decades of experience to know just what to do with the water damage we find.
Henry Duckstein Jr.