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Most Likely Causes of Water Damage to your Home

Read up on the most common causes of water damage so that you can look to avoid these problems yourself.

All homeowners have to be wary of all of the hazards to their homes. Water damage is a recurring problem among homeowners, being one of the most common hazards that can impact a person’s residence. No one likes to think about potential damage their home could face, but it’s important to acknowledge potential threats before they take place so that we can take precautions beforehand and be ready for when disaster strikes. Read up on the most common causes of water damage so that you can look to avoid these problems yourself.

Air Conditioner

It might seem like your air conditioner is working, but you still need to perform the necessary maintenance checks (around once per year)  to keep it in good condition. Air conditioners remove moisture from the air, but sometimes that moisture gets trapped inside of the A/C unit. If you don’t drain the water, it could leak into your home. This can result in drywall and a ruined floor. Mold is another threat that could work its way into your home.


Dishwashers are another machine that can cause water damage to your property. You need to be sure the latch is sealed. This means the latch can’t be broken or filled with the wrong type of soap. If there are any leaks in your dishwater, they must be addressed at once. Getting your dishwasher repaired or replaced may cost a little money up front, but it can save you money in the long run by avoiding costly repairs due to water damage.

Washing Machine

Check on your washing machine regularly, inspecting behind the unit as well as underneath it. All fittings need to be securely attached, and you need to be sure the washing machine isn’t leaking. You might want to replace your washing machine if yours is getting older and giving you regular problems.

Leaking Pipes

One of the sources of water damage that is more well known is the water damage caused by leaking pipes. If you have a loose-fitting pipe, you may find a pool of water beginning to form. If this happens, you want to call for professional help immediately because if there’s one leak in your home, there could be more. Another way to identify water leaks is through your water bill. If your water bill suddenly rises without warning, a leak could be in your home. These leaks need to be addressed before the water damage harms your home.

Clogged Drains

Clogged drains are more than an annoyance; they are also a source of water damage if they are left unchecked. If you have a clogged toilet, you’re not only denied the ability to use it, but you may also find water getting backed up into your sink, bathroom floor, or shower. Sewer water is a threat to you because it has raw sewage in it and contains bacteria, meaning it will require professional help to get cleaned.

If your sink is backed up, you will deal with sink overflow, and your floor and cabinetry will suffer damage. Any time you have clogged drains, you will want to seek professional help. You don’t want to deal with the water damage as well as the clog itself on your own.

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