It’s hard to describe one’s devastation and anxiety after a water damage calamity that causes your home or property to be completely flooded! As a matter of fact, the latter makes other household problems appear minor, considering. In instances of complete flooding, property damage is extensive and may not be fully covered by insurance policies. Therefore, it’s only fair to say that water damage does not only represent fairly minor problems resulting from a broken sink pipe or leaky faucet, but also has the potential to reach tremendous dimensions, since people can even lose their homes or must pay enormous amounts in order to restore them back to pre-loss conditions.
Flooded again? Common causes and sources of residential water damage
Water damage can be attributed to several sources. Some of them can be controlled and the problem can be prevented, but others are related to external threats and there is little one can do.
- Plumbing problems
This is one of the most common sources of water damage. It happens when water pipes in the bathroom or kitchen break or leak due to wear and tear or temperature fluctuations. Whereas leaking pipes won’t cause too much damage if they are found and fixed promptly, burst ones can have catastrophic results unless the water supply valve is turned off quickly. Pipes located in basements or installed in exterior walls can easily freeze during the winter and so they are more susceptible to break.
- Clogged toilets, sinks and tubs can overflow
All it takes is one toilet flush and the bathroom floor can be drenched with water in a matter of seconds. Water damage can also be caused when there is a sewer system failure and water backs up and fills the home floors.
- Malfunctioning appliances can leak or overflow
This can be primarily attributed to due to damaged tubes and hoses and their ruined fasteners or door gaskets. Fridges, freezers, washing machines and dishwashers are the most likely appliances to leak. Any problem with these appliances must be addressed quickly, but it’s also wise to maintain them and replace worn parts.
- Water heater damage will also cause leaks
The tank has the potential to corrode or wear over time therefore it is imperative to be vigilant and arrange to have faulty parts or the entire unit replaced at the first sign of damage. This is critical in order to avoid water damage.
- If the ceiling is damaged, rain will come straight in
If the external AC unit is placed atop a potentially damaged ceiling, the former will most likely drip water that will eventually destroy the rest of the ceiling and flood the floor. Don’t forget that damaged water logged ceilings have a major potential to collapse!
- Clogged HVAC pipes may cause backups
Nobody actually sees the HVAC system as a threat, but it is typically installed inside the house and has the potential to hold large quantities of water, which must be transferred outside. If the unit breaks or its pipes become clogged, the water will back up and be spilled on your floor.
- Torrential Downpours
Heavy rains have the tendency to make their way into residences, especially if there is pre-existing damage on walls and window frames. It may easily enter basements and will quickly flood an entire area. Terrace-level homes are especially susceptible to flooding, especially if they are located close to rivers or lakes, which might overflow due to the heavy rain.
- Natural disasters
Don’t forget that natural disasters are part of our lives. Not only do rivers overflow but hurricanes also strike thereby resulting in potential flooding of entire cities! If you live in hurricane-prone areas, it’s best to install highly resistant doors and windows and take all necessary precautions according to local regulations.
It’s vital to keep in mind that insurance companies have better plans for residences, which have taken all the necessary precautionary measures. Since it is unlikely that you will find insurance policies that cover all aspects and expenses of flood/water damage restoration, it’s best to take some action today and perform the necessary repairs to avoid the catastrophic repercussions of flooding and exorbitant expenses.