Common Causes Of Residential Water Damage

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Common Causes Of Residential Water Damage

27 March 2023
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Residential water damage can be a homeowner's worst nightmare, causing extensive harm to the property and personal belongings, and even posing health risks due to mold growth. By understanding the common causes of water damage, homeowners can take proactive measures to prevent such incidents and safeguard their houses.

Leaking Pipes

Leaking pipes are one of the most common causes of water damage in homes. Pipe leaks can occur due to various factors, such as age, corrosion, or damage caused by freezing temperatures. 

To prevent leaks, regularly inspect your home's plumbing system, looking for signs of corrosion, wear, or damage. Consider replacing older pipes with newer, more durable materials, and insulating exposed pipes to protect them from freezing during cold weather.

Damaged Appliances 

Household appliances, including washing machines, dishwashers, and water heaters, can cause water damage if they malfunction. Have a technician inspect your appliances periodically to confirm that they're in good condition and not leaking.

Clogged Gutters and Downspouts

Clogged gutters and downspouts might force water to overflow, and then the water can seep into your home's foundation or walls. Water damage and potential mold growth may ensue. 

Clean your gutters and downspouts during the fall, when leaves are most likely to clog gutters and make sure no animals nest in the gutters. You might want to install gutter guards, which reduce the amount of debris that accumulates in your gutters. Fix any downspouts that get knocked so they don't direct water away from the foundation.

Roof Damage

A damaged or leaking roof lets water enter your attic or ceiling, where it can go unnoticed for some time. If the damage gets bad enough, you could see water spots on ceilings and walls. 

Check your roof for missing and ripped shingles after storms, as these are almost sure to lead to a roof leak,


Natural disasters, such as heavy rainfall, hurricanes, or melting snow, can result in flooding and subsequent water damage to many homes in the area. 

To protect your home from flood damage, install a sump pump in your basement. If necessary, use sandbags or other barriers to redirect water away from your property during heavy rains. 

You can also talk with a landscaper about ways to make a property resistant to water damage. Sloping yards and water-absorbing plants can greatly reduce your house's risk of sustaining water damage. A landscaper can also install an exterior drainage ditch if that'll help.

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Living Through Flood Damage

Hello. My name is Jessica Evans. My husband and I have two young children. Last spring our home suffered horrible flood damage from storms. The water got into our house from the foundation and numerous roof leaks. I honestly thought we had lost our house. Fortunately, we found an amazing damage contractor. Our contractor knew all the right people who could repair the damages to our home. We had to have work done on our foundation, basement, floors, walls, and roof. I want to share more about how we got through this rough time. Should you ever suffer extreme damage from flooding, I want you to know that there is hope. Thanks for reading my blog. I hope you find it to be helpful.