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Four Common causes of water damage in Homes

Posted on 02 November 2017 by admin (0)

It is at times hard to describe the destruction and anxiety a homeowner faces after a water damage disaster. Most homeowners can’t tell if their home is slowly falling apart as a result of undetectable moisture buildup. In most cases, water damage takes the form a more gradual deterioration resulting from a leak or stagnant water. This form of damage can cause the deterioration of your home without your consent. Water damage can be attributed to several causes, some which can be controlled and the disaster prevented while others relate to external causes and there is little one may be. To make sure your house is well maintained and protected, here are some of the common causes of water damage that you need to know.

Faulty pipes and Plumbing

This is one of the most common causes of water damage. It happens when the plumbing pipes in your attic, bathroom or kitchen leak or break as a result of temperature fluctuations or tear and wear. While leaking pipes may not cause much damage if they are found and fixed immediately, burst ones can have ruinous results. Pipes installed in the exterior walls and those in the basement are highly susceptible to break because they easily freeze during winter and therefore they should be regularly inspected.

Clogged gutters and downspouts

If your gutters get clogged, water will have to get into your house by seeping through the inner part of your ceiling. You should maintain your gutters regularly so as that water and ice won’t back up with debris. Keeping the gutters clean is the best way to prevent this cause of water damage. Adding gutter guards can help prevent debris buildup in your gutters.   

Malfunctioning household appliances

Malfunctioning appliances is another cause source of water damage to a home. Some home appliances such as washing machines, dishwasher, freezers, and fridges are the appliances likely to leak especially when growing older. Their tubes and pipes tend to wear out as the yoke where these gadgets join begin to crack. These appliances need regular check and maintenance to avoid water damage in your home.  

Clogged HVAC pipes

The HVAC system is installed inside the house and is a potential threat of not keenly inspected. The HVAC system collects water which should be transported to the outside through a small drain line. If the unit breaks or the pipes get clogged, water will back up and get into your house.

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