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Five Common Causes Of Water Damage

The number of different ways in which water damage can occur is large. You may never be able to fully account for every possible cause of water damage. There are, however, certain causes of water damage that are far more common than others. Here are five of the most common causes of water damage and how you can avoid them according to our water damage cleanup experts at Complete Restoration in San Antonio

Broken Pipe

Your pipes are essential to keeping your home running and functioning properly. Because of the large amounts of water that run through them, however, they can be a disaster waiting to happen. The worst case scenario is a pipe that bursts and sends pressurized water throughout your home. More likely though, is when a pipe simply begins leaking. If you notice a leaking pipe, you should call a professional plumber for help right away. It may be an indication of a larger problem that could cause your home to flood and lead to a major disaster. 

Malfunctioning Appliances

Several of your appliances like washing machines, refrigerators, and water heaters use large amounts of water. Thus a malfunction in one of them can lead to significant flooding and water damage throughout your home. Take the time to check your appliances every couple months for any obvious problems or concerns.

Running Toilets

A running toilet doesn’t just cost you unnecessary money on your water bill, it can also cause a leak that will damage your tile and maybe even flood your basement. Luckily, a running toilet is easy to identify so if you do hear your toilet running you should take action to fix the problem immediately to save money on your water bill and prevent any flooding in your home. 

Clogged Drains

Clogged drains are certainly annoying, but the main issue concerning them is that they can lead to flooding. Clogged drains are especially serious when it comes to your toilet. A clogged toilet can lead to backed-up floodwater that contains raw sewage and dangerous bacteria. This kind of floodwater is very dangerous and hazardous to clean up. A cleanup job like this is best left to the professionals. If something less serious like your kitchen sink drain is clogged you should still work to repair it right away to prevent damage to your kitchen flooring and cabinetry. 

Damaged Shingles

Damaged shingles are a major concern for water damage because they are difficult to detect and can lead to significant flooding during a storm. Any time your home is hit by a major storm you should get on your roof to check your shingles and make sure they weren’t damaged. That way you can avoid being surprised and having your home flooded during a future rainstorm. 

At Complete Restoration in San Antonio, we hope you find these tips helpful for avoiding water damage in your home. If your home is ever flooded, though, don’t hesitate to give us a call for water damage cleanup help.