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Various Factors that can lead to Water Damage

Posted on 24 April 2018 by admin (0)

In preventing or even solving a problem, an important first step is being able to understand what led to the issue in the first place. This will help to gain proper perspective by enabling a proper cause and effect analysis, then helping to decide on the best approach to dealing with the issue at hand. This is exactly the case with Water damage. In order to ensure that you do not experience the debilitating effects of water damage, we have compiled different factors that are often responsible for getting your home, office, or any building at all getting overrun by water.

Faulty Equipment or Misuse: Household appliances that deal with a lot of water in their operation e.g. refrigerators, dish washers, washing machines etc. are often the culprits in cases of water damage. The damage may arise from careless use, such as sleeping off while filling up a washing machine or dish washer with water or unwittingly switching off the power supply to a refrigerator, allowing the frozen ice within to melt and the resulting water to seep out of the fridge, spilling all around the house, and if left unchecked causing serious damage. The other possible way by which these appliances can cause damage is when a fault occurs in their operation, for example a failed sensor allowing water to overflow, thereby flooding the building.

Leakages and Plumbing Problems: Leakages in any part of the building are another frequent cause of water damage. A leaky roof allowing water in if unchecked may lead to serious problems especially during storms or heavy rains. Also, leakages in pipes can be very subtle, going unnoticed over a long period of time, and eventually allowing water to seep into unwanted places thereby leading to damage. Finally, plumbing issues like clogged toilets and blocked sinks are another big source of water damage. In some cases, it may be as basic as hair blocking a bath tub sink, this combined with leaving the tap turned on overnight is enough to cause catastrophe by the time it’s finally noticed.

Foundation Cracks: This is by far the most dangerous among all the possible causes of water damage as its consequences will definitely be very drastic. When there are cracks in the foundation, underground water can easily seep up through the floor, making various objects damp and potentially damaging them. However, a more dangerous repercussion is that with water seeping through the cracks, the foundation may become weakened thereby threatening the building itself as a whole.

These are the different possible factors that can lead to the onset of water damage. In the next post, we will discuss steps to take to counteract these and prevent water damage.