The last thing any of us want is water damage in our homes, and often we take for granted protection from the elements that our homes provide. When any kind of damage is detected, it is best to act as quickly as possible to stop it from causing more problems. Proactively addressing the problem can not only save the appearance of your home, but can also save you a lot of money. It is also essential that homeowners know what can cause damage to residential water so that precautionary measures can be taken.
Causes Of Water Damage
- Wind, rainstorms and other natural disasters such as floods
- Leaks of a damaged roof
- Water draining from clogged gutters to the house structure
- Broken or old windows that are not properly sealed leading to potential leakage
- Leaky faucets, blow pipes, slab leaks & other plumbing issues
Damage to the roof
Signs that the roof is damaged are always evident, but the cause of the damage is not always apparent to the untrained eye. Strong winds can loosen shingles in the roof, allowing the underside material to be exposed, which can contribute to leakage. In addition, hail can create abrasions and holes in the roof that may be too small to see, but may cause serious damage or even break down the shingles entirely.
It can be a costly mistake not to take the time to sweep the gutters. When the gutters are clogged with water, it rests against the roof and can cause the roof to rot. If the damage is extreme enough, the entire roof will need to be replaced. Water from clogged gutters will spill over the sides of the gutters, causing damage to the foundations, landscaping and internal damage to the walls.
Windows Faulty or Crashed
Older houses with wooden window frames are susceptible to leakage which can be a safety problem. When water continues to beat the frame, structural integrity is degraded. A leaky window in modern homes can be a sign of a defective installation. Upgrading your windows will have a range of additional advantages, including increased energy efficiency.
The Plumbing Problem
If you're dealing with a leaky faucet, a burst drain, or a dreaded slab leak, plumbing issues are a common cause of home water damage. Unlike the weather, you might not realize the issue until it's too late. The best course of action to avoid significant damage to water is to check the pipes regularly and add leak detectors so that you know when something goes wrong.
How Can We Help
If you find that your home has been the target of water damage, you will need to act quickly to avoid the spread of water. Calling a reputable water damage business, such as Punctual Plumbing Pros, would save you from paying thousands of dollars to save your home and ensure that your home remains a safe place for you to live.