When it comes to residential water damage, what do you consider to be the most common culprit? Many of us automatically think of flooding, but the truth is that water damage comes in many different forms. In fact, home flooding is actually from things like burst pipes and failed sump pumps more than from Mother Nature. Research shows that approximately 240,000 pipes burst in the US each year.
Take a look at these 5 most common causes of residential water damage.
1. Burst or Damaged Pipes
We already gave this one away. However, it deserves mention on the list since it is the most common cause of water damage in the home. The truth is that plumbing systems are all too often outdated. Many times, we don’t update them until we have to. The result is pipes that are in disrepair and eventually fail.
It might start with a damaged pipe that just leaks. Or, you may get the surprise of a burst pipe in the middle of the night. Either way, there is likely to be accompanying damage to handle.
2. Drain Clogs
That’s right – those drains that are acting up could eventually cause you residential water damage. Drains can get clogged with any number of things. Junk like hair, grease, soap scum, and toilet paper can cause drains to clog. Tree roots can cause issues too. It’s a good idea to have your pipes cleaned by a plumber on occasion to prevent issues like this.
However, just be aware that if you do face clogged drains, this could potentially lead to water backup that could cause damage.
3. Faulty Appliances
Our appliances can often be a source of issues as well. How often do you check things like hoses or connections to your dishwasher, washing machine, or even refrigerator water line? Over time, these things do weaken and break down. They can develop leaks or malfunction.
Since water is traveling through them, when something goes wrong, it’s quite likely you will end up with water damage. This is particularly true if you don’t catch the issue right away.
4. Sump Pumps & Drainage
Another common issue is drainage systems (like gutters) or sump pump systems that are ineffective or not working as they should be. For gutters, it could just be that they are clogged up and need to be cleaned out. For sump pumps, it could be cleaning or maintenance, or even the wrong sump pump for your needs.
Check your gutters and your sump pump a couple of times a year.
5. Natural Disasters
While natural disasters aren’t the leading cause of residential water damage, they are a cause. The hard fact about weather disasters is they tend to cause the most extensive damage. There is little you can do to prepare and be proactive, leaving you to deal with the aftermath.
Residential Water Damage Restoration
If you find yourself facing water damage issues, give Redeeming Restoration a call. Our teams are on standby and prepared to help you 24/7. We’re ready for the unexpected and here to serve you when it happens. How can we help?