Water damage is a very common problem for homeowners. In fact, the odds are that if you haven’t experienced any form of water damage yet, you will at some point in your life. One way to mitigate this hazard in your home is to understand the likely sources of water damage so you can take more caution around these areas. Below are five of the most common locations for water damage our restoration technicians at ICC Restoration & Cleaning Services in St. Paul deal with each day.
The large amount of water sources in bathrooms make them one of the most likely places for floods to occur within a home. In the average bathroom there is a sink, bathtub, shower-head, toilet, and pipes. Each of which can be a source from which a flood springs. Taking a few minutes every couple months to inspect each of these water sources in your home will go a long way towards preventing flooding in your bathroom.
The law of gravity explains why basements are such common victims of water damage. Water can enter into the basement through a number of ways. One of the most often overlooked is water from outside. When water is not directed away from the foundation of a home it often seeps through the ground, eventually ending up in the basement. Because it is easy for water damage in your basement to begin without your knowledge, it is important that you regularly inspect your basement for any leaks or wet spots.
Your washing machine can use up to 15-30 gallons of water in a laundry cycle. If anything goes wrong and your washing machine malfunctions, you could have a major flood on your hands. Take the time to check your washing machine regularly to ensure everything is functioning properly so you can prevent your laundry room from flooding.
Beyond washing machines, there are many other appliances that have the potential to cause flooding. These include water heaters, dishwashers, and garbage disposals. The same principles for preventing washing machines from flooding applies to other appliances as well. It is well worth your time to inspect your water heater, dishwasher, and garbage disposal for any defects or damage.
Pipes run throughout your home – under floors, behind walls, in the basement and even outside your house. Because they are so prevalent in many areas of a home, a flood could happen pretty much anywhere if you have a leaking or busted pipe. To prevent flooding from broken pipes, you should have them regularly inspected by a professional plumber, especially if you live in an older home.
Water damage can occur anywhere in your home; however, these places mentioned above are by far the most likely origins of water damage. If you suffer from water damage in your home, no matter where, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at ICC in St. Paul. Our professional restoration technicians can be out to your home right away to restore the damage.