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3 Leading Causes of Water Damage

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Water damage can be a serious problem, so it’s important to know the leading causes of water damage. The Delaware County water damage restoration experts at Triage are a trusted source for information about the causes of water damage.

1. Plumbing Problems

This is probably the most obvious culprit. Toilets back up, drains clog and the blockage causes excessive pressure in the pipes. This causes the pipes to burst or leak.

Other common causes of burst pipes are roots growing into the sewer lines, garbage disposals clogging, and rusty pipes.

Some plumbing issues that occur within the walls and are difficult to detect. But you might be surprised how many happen because of hoses and pipe joints not being attached properly. Periodic inspection of exposed plumbing under your sink and in the basement can catch many plumbing problems before they become plumbing disasters.

2. Gutters

Your gutters direct water away from your home. The problems start when the system becomes blocked with debris such as leaves and branches. This forms a dam that backs up the water flow. When this happens, the water begins to overflow the edges of the gutters and run down the side of the house. You can spot this by looking at the paint on your walls. There will be dirty water marks from rainwater.

If there is a crack or a hole in your gutter, the water will similarly leak down the side of the building, leaving the same water marks on the walls. In either case, your walls are constantly wet, causing structural damage. It can also lead to water collecting in your basement and mold which will inevitably lead to – you guessed it – more structural damage.

3. Household appliances and HVAC systems

Older household appliances are prone to rusting and cracking pipes and hoses. Refrigerators, washing machines, dishwashers, and water heaters are all possible culprits, so careful monitoring of older machines is advised. Washing machines and water heaters in particular need to be paid special attention to as these are most prone to deterioration. Be sure to replace old pipes and hoses before they become a problem and cause damage to the house around them.

Heating, ventilating, and air conditioning units are also common culprits of water damage. Air conditioners especially require regular servicing. If not maintained properly, they can cause moisture buildup. A build-up of moisture around a faulty air conditioner can cause mold and structural damage.

Triage Restoration: The Best in Delaware County Water Damage Restoration

In the event of a water damage situation, you want only the best. Ensure your water damage needs are met by calling Triage Restoration. Our services include:

  • IICRC S500 Standard
  • Emergency Water Extraction
  • Flood Cleanup
  • Sewage Cleanup
  • Drying and Dehumidification
  • Professional Deodorization
  • Anti-Microbial Application

Triage technicians are here to talk you through every step of the water damage remediation and restoration process.

Call us at (610) 690-3669 or reach us online via our website today. In a water damage emergency, every second counts. You can’t afford to wait!

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