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The 5 Most Common Causes of Residential Water Damage 

October 21, 2019

Water seems like such an innocuous part of our lives. It cleans, cools, hydrates, and even entertains us. But given the wrong set of circumstances, water can be the cause of a huge disaster. As homeowners, we are aware of most of the dangers that can damage our homes, from smoke damage and fires to storms and the ravages of Mother Nature. Top on the list of elements that can destroy our home is water. Check out the top five causes of water damage in residential dwellings. 

It’s our hope that by reviewing these common water disasters that you and your family can act quickly if you notice the signs of disrepair or possibly avoid them altogether. 

#1 Burst Pipes 

One of the most common culprits of water damage is a broken, burst, or leaky pipe. Many times a pipe that has burst calls immediate attention to itself. Homeowners spring into action, shut off the main water valve and call for professional help. Other times pipes can be leaky or cracked causing pooling of water in places that homeowners do not see like under sinks, in basements, or in crawl spaces. In those cases it is important to keep an eye on the water bill. If you suddenly notice a spike in usage, there may be a drip or leak somewhere that you are unaware of. 

During the winter months, be sure your home is adequately heated and pipes are insulated to avoid burst pipes. On especially cold nights, you may want to bump up the temperature in your home and open up outside facing cabinets to allow the heat to get to the kitchen pipes. You may also want to allow a faucet to drip overnight just to keep the water moving. 

#2 Natural Disasters and Weather Events 

In the last few weeks, we have seen the power that Mother Nature can bring with hurricanes and storms. These natural disasters are common, especially in New England where we worry about storms during every season. While homeowners have no control over natural disasters, be sure to take precautions any way you can, including sandbagging the entrances to your home, making sure the sump pump is working, or even investing in a generator to keep utilities working during a storm. 

#3 Ice Dams and Roof Damage

While we still have a few months till winter sets in, it is a good idea to have your roof inspected and insulation added to prevent ice dams in the winter. A leaking roof and the build up of ice from an ice dam can quickly cause extensive water damage in your home, dripping down through the ceilings and walls of your structure.

#4 Appliance Issues 

Many homeowners have moved their laundry facilities from the basement to the first or even second floors of their homes. Clothes washers along with refrigerators, and dish washers are some of the appliances that are most known for malfunctioning and causing water spillage and water damage. Be sure to check that each appliance is working properly. Experts suggest replacing the supply hoses at least once every five years to keep the water safely contained. 

#5 Clogged Plumbing 

It’s happened to all of us at one time or another, when the toilet, tub, or sink overflows. Clogged drains aren’t just annoying; they also cause water damage (and mold growth) if left unchecked.  Act swiftly if you notice water slow to drain or not draining at all. The vast amount of water that could spill out left unchecked could be disastrous. 

Any one of these events could happen at your home. Be vigilant of leaks, drips, and weather events headed your way. Contact a professional plumber, heating specialist or roofer to solve these more common water issues. If you do have an incident in which water has damaged your home, contact Pro-Care at (781) 933-7400 – Toll Free (800) 660-1973, or find our contact page on our website. 

 

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