Bursting Or Leaking Pipes
Leaking pipes are the most common cause of water damage in homes. Backed up drains and clogged pipes cause pressure to build up inside the pipes, adding unnecessary strain. Once pressure reaches a certain limit pipes can burst and spring leaks. Any time you notice slow drainage, or a clog, you should get it fixed immediately to avoid pressure build up. Regularly check your pipes and look for signs of deterioration. Corroded and rusty pipes are more prone to leaks. If you notice your pipes look old or rusted, get them fixed or replaced.
Hoses that supply household appliances with water can begin to deteriorate, rust, and crack over time. Weakened hoses pose a serious threat for water damage, and should be replaced every few years to avoid major water damage. Washing machines, refrigerators, water heaters, and dishwashers are all susceptible to deterioration and malfunction; so routine inspection and maintenance should be performed on all appliances to keep them in good condition. Hot water heaters can also cause serious flooding because of the amount of water they hold, and their design to constantly remain full. Be sure that you inspect your water heater regularly, and keep it maintained and in good condition.
Most of the plumbing in our homes is located in places we cannot see, like behind walls and in crawl spaces, so it can be hard to detect water damage from plumbing problems until it has become severe and visible. Some signs you should look for to ensure there is no hidden water damage from unseen plumbing are:
- musty smells and odors
- pooling water or puddles in normally dry areas
- mold growth
- discoloration of walls, ceilings, or floors
- changes to floors, walls, or ceilings like warping, bubbling, or cracking
- dark or wet spots
- unusually high or spiking water bills
If you notice any of these signs, odds are there is hidden water damage from plumbing problems. Performing periodic inspections under your sinks and around your home in areas that are not highly trafficked can help aide in the detection of water damage from plumbing issues. Clogged and backed up drains can also lead to water damage from water overflow. When water is not able to flow freely through plumbing, it will back up and flood into your home. Keep drains clean and clear, and if a pipe gets clogged, fix it as soon as possible. Slow drainage is often an early sign of a clog, so be sure to get pipes checked anytime you notice draining is slowed down.
Heating Ventilating And Air Conditioning Units
HVACs are another common cause of water damage. Air conditioners in particular can cause some serious water damage when regular servicing and proper maintenance is not performed. Moisture can build up in these units, and as it cools it creates a perfect environment for mold growth. If you notice your HVAC system is not performing properly, be sure to get it checked to avoid any potential water damage.
No matter what type of water damage your home suffers from, you do need to take immediate action to reduce the impact of the damage. Contact Mammoth Restoration in Columbus for the best water damage restoration care around!