Top Water Damage Causes to Look for This Winter
Flooding is inconvenient, and a hazard, too. It can ruin your possessions and even affect the structure of your home or business. Contacting a professional water restoration company can greatly minimize any damages; such a company is able to complete all the necessary repairs in a timely and efficient manner.
While flooding often can’t be predicted, educating yourself on the most common areas to flood will help you be prepared to handle such an event, and even to prevent it! Some areas of your home or business are going to be more apt to experience water damage than others, such as rooms that have sinks, as in kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry areas; low-lying areas like basements and cellars are also at risk.
Here is a list of some of the top water damage causes to look for:
- Bathrooms. The bathroom is the most likely area in your home to experience water damages. Sinks, toilets, showers and tubs...all involve H20, and they are all contained in one small area and connected to pipes, pipes that can be a source of problems if they become clogged, leak, freeze, or wear out. Human error can create an issue as well; we’ve all heard stories about the bath that overflowed or the toilet that sprung a serious leak due to foreign objects ending up there.
- Basements/Cellars. Basements and cellars are the lowest part of a house or building and so have a number of easy entry points for water. If there is heavy rainfall during inclement weather, or if the building is near a body of water such as a lake or river, they are going to be in danger. Make sure all weather stripping is in place and in good condition during regular inspections.
- Oftentimes the pipes for the bath and kitchen areas run through the basement, and sump pumps and drains are often found there. In addition, many homes have their water heating unit and laundry facilities in their basement or cellar. Keep an eye open for cracks in the foundation, ceiling, and walls of these areas.
- Attics/Roofs. A damaged roof, either from weather or fire, is susceptible to water damage and flooding the areas underneath. A small leak can turn into a big problem fast! Regular visits to your attic area will let you know if there has been any damage that will allow a leak to begin.
Our team of professionals here at SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties are experienced in repairs and cleanup from damages caused by water, fire, and mold. Call us today for all your cleanup projects both large and small