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4 Most Common Causes Of Water Damage

water damage cleanup mcdonough, water damage mcdonough, water damage repair mcdonoughWater damage in your McDonough home can come from many different sources. Since water damage is so common, it is important to know what the main sources of water damage are in our homes so we can be proactive in helping to prevent possible water damage. We at Restoration 1 of McDonough would like to introduce the four most common causes of water damage in homes.

  • Leaky Pipes

Over time and with use, pipes can begin to erode. As corrosion builds up in pipes, it can lead to leaks. Another cause of leaking pipes is increased water pressure. If the pressure inside the pipes gets too high, they will burst or spring leaks to help relieve the excess pressure. Leaky pipes not only waste a lot of water over time, but also contribute to water damage from dripping, pooling, and flooding water.  The longer water leaks go unnoticed, the more damage the area will receive. Mold can begin growing in as little as 24 to 48 hours after water has become available, so a leaky pipe can quickly lead to mold problems. Regularly inspect the plumbing you are able to see in your home for any signs of leaks, and do not wait to get leaky pipes fixed.

  • Drain Clogs

Clogged drains are the main source of water damage due to water back up an overflow. Slow draining sinks, tubs, showers, and toilets can lead to serious flooding due to the back up of water. Since the toilet seems to be a common source of drain clogs, the water damage that comes from toilet back up is extremely dangerous because of the contamination in the water. Any time you notice slow drainage or a drain gets clogged, get it resolved right away to avoid overflow water damage.

  • Water Heaters

Water heaters house gallons and gallons of water, so they pose a pretty serious threat when it comes to water damage in our homes.  As water heater tanks age, they will have increased build up of minerals inside that cause corrosion. When leaks occur in the water heater tank from increased pressure (mostly due to excess buildup), water will continue to flow from the tank until the leak is found and stopped, or the water supply to the home is shut off. Water heater tanks are designed to continually fill themselves so that there is always a reserve of hot water available, so when they leak they can cause serious flooding. It is important to keep with the manufacturer’s recommendations for maintenance and routine inspection. If your water heater is old (greater than 10 years) it is a good idea to look at getting a new tank.

  • Washing Machines

Washing machines use water supply hoses to provide water to and from them. These hoses are connected through valves, and sometimes these connections can become loose or insecure. It is important to regularly check these connections to be sure that no water is leaking from them. Also, consider replacing the hoses every 3-5 years to avoid deterioration. 

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At Restoration 1 McDonough, we specialize in water damage cleanup from any and all sources. If you find yourself dealing with water damage, big or small, give us a call. 

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