If you want to prevent water damage in your home or office, you must first learn where to look and what causes this kind of damage. This article covers the invisible causes of water damage. These underlying problems are harder to detect by simple do-it-yourself inspections. There is additional material about the visible causes of water damage that you need to read in order to fully understand the subject.
A good understanding of the subject will not only provide you with great techniques to prevent water damage, but will also help you save money and keep your house in good shape, thus preserving its value for many years. While you can control some of the causes for damage, others cannot be predicted; therefore, they cannot be prevented.
Cause 1 - Plumbing and Pipes
Plumbing equipment usually develops leaks due failures in joints or hose attachments. Internal wall leaks are even harder to discover and can cause major damage. The common problems in pipes are blocked toilets and drains (especially kitchen drains). Failure of garbage disposals, and roots in sewer lines are other causes.
Cause 2 - Weather
Unpredictable summer storms, floods, and other water accompanied disasters such as hurricanes, blizzards, and tornados are some more reasons for water damage.
Cause 3 - Heating Systems and Air Conditions:
Neglecting air conditioners leads to poor performance, expensive operating costs, and moisture issues. Moist cooling ducts promote mold and other water-borne bacteria.
Cause 4 - Appliances
Water heaters, washers, and dryers tend to crack over time, allowing water to trickle. Although these appliances will start leaking slowly, the leak can grow and cause a flood once the system has completely failed. Hoses tend to deteriorate inside out, also resulting in leaks.
Cause 5 - Basements
A wet basement is caused by moisture accumulations that drip through the foundation. When moisture evaporates, it increases humidity, even if there are no leaks or standing water. Another common cause is condensation on the cold concrete walls and floors during more humid time periods.
It is recommended to inspect your home periodically to ensure that it stays in good condition and keeps its real market value. A periodic inspection will also help preventing high-costs restoration projects after water related disasters.
Leo Nov is an editorial staff member of RestorationSOS™ To learn more about water damage and fire damage restoration, visit ResorationSOS.com to get a free guide, or call 1-877-767-2407.