What Causes Water Damage?

water damage restoration charlestonIf you’ve ever experienced a water damage event, it may have seemingly happened out of nowhere without warning. However, there are usually telltale signs of problems before they even occur, you just have to know what to look for. 

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To avoid a water damage disaster from overtaking your Charleston home, keep an eye out for the following signs.

Untended Appliances

One of the main reasons for water damage is neglecting proper care of appliances in the home. The maintenance of any appliance that uses water is extremely important to ensure the longevity of the appliance and minimize damage. The most common appliances that cause water damage include air conditioners, water heaters, washing machines, dishwashers, and refrigerators. It’s important to incorporate regular checkups on all appliances to verify all is running smoothly and correctly. Be sure to have routine inspections of these appliances such as cleaning out any necessary pipes or lines, replacing damaged parts, and calling professionals to help with any needed assistance. Additionally, be sure that lines are running to the correct place: outside, away from the home, and/or into a household sewer. Take care to remember to turn off your water supply when you leave for long periods on vacation!

Weather Changes

Weather changes aren’t necessarily something you can plan for but you can be prepared for them. The transition from hot weather to cold weather can be especially hard on your pipes. Once the weather becomes cold, turn off water lines and disconnect hoses to avoid bursts. 

Heavy rain is another huge factor in water damage. Be sure that the gutters are clear of any debris before a projected storm or at least twice a year. Make sure that water drains away from the home and check the roof for leaks. You will also need to make sure that your home is properly waterproofed and sealed. You can reseal your basement, windows, door frames, and anything else you find needs resealing to avoid water damage. 

Leaky/Burst Pipes

Leaky or burst pipes can come from several different issues. Corrosion can be the main one. Reasonings for this happening can be hard water, chemicals that are poured down them, and improperly fitted pipes. All of these can lead to these pipes leaking and need to be replaced as soon as it is noticed. Corroded pipes can cause a burst in no time. High water pressure can be another reason for leaky pipes. Pipes can usually only handle a certain maximum pressure and can’t be pushed past that. If your water pressure was regular, there may be different causes such as changes in weather or clogged pipes. Proper steps must be taken to lower the pressure to avoid an outburst.

In Conclusion

Water damage is something that you can count on happening at least once in your life so it’s important to have the right people there to help with water damage restoration. Whether you have experienced water damage before or are going through this for the first time, Restoration 1 is there to help you with your restoration needs at all times. No matter where the water damage originates from, you can get the help you need 24/7.