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The Most Common Causes of Home Water Damage


To properly prevent water damage, you first have to know the common causes.

Many people think their home is running properly until something dramatic occurs like a busted pipe flooding half of their home.  There are several ways to prevent something like that from happening, but first, you need to know where to start.  Water damage comes in all shape and sizes, but all originate from a few places.  There are a couple of common causes of water damage that you need to know about, so you can go through the proper prevention tactics.  

Broken or Clogged Gutter

The main job of your gutter system is to direct water off your roof and away from your home.  Although, when your gutters get clogged by leaves, branches, and other debris, water will start flowing down the side of your home causing water damage.  If there is a crack or hole in your gutters, water can flow down the side of your home even regardless of the pressure of the rain.  It is vital for you to check your gutters regularly especially after it rains or thunderstorms.

Leaky Pipes

Even the most subtle dripping of water from your pipes can cause serious water damage such as black mold.  Pipes tend to leak and even burst for a number of reasons from the water being too acidic to freezing temperatures in the winter.  Frozen pipes are something to be worried about in the winter because this can cause pipes to rupture!  No one wants to deal with water damage during the cold months of December and January.  Every homeowner and occupant should know where the water shut off valves are and know how to operate them. This will keep a burst pipe or leaky connection from turning into a big expensive mess


Everyone has a story of their bathtub or sink overflowing because they weren’t paying attention.  Accidents are a major cause of water damage in the home and children are the main culprits.  Kids love playing with water especially when it is flowing over the bathtub walls.  It is important to watch your children when they are in the bathroom especially during bath time.  

Water Damage Recovery With ServiceMaster of Baltimore

If you’ve been hit by water damage, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We can help professionally restore any damaged areas. If you just have questions about disaster prevention, let us know too. Being properly prepared is essential for your safety and well-being.

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