Water damage is unavoidable considering all the different sources of water in our Columbus homes. There are many potential culprits, and it can seem overwhelming to try to keep everything in check to try to prevent potential water damage. We at Southeast Restoration would like to introduce 4 common sources of water damage in homes, and maintenance tips to help avoid potential water damage:
Leaky pipes are a very common problem in a lot of homes. Along with wasting a lot of water each year, leaky pipes can cause flooding water damage in our homes. If you can hear or see a pipe leaking water, it is much easier to address the problem and get it fixed. However, some pipes are located in areas that we cannot see, and when these pipes leak it can lead to hidden moisture in walls, ceilings, and floors. Since this moisture is in unseen areas, it can also lead to mold growth. Water damage gets more and more serious the longer it is present, so getting leaking pipes resolved quickly is key in mitigating damage. If you see a pipe leaking, or suspect you have a leak somewhere, do not wait to get it checked and fixed. Check for signs of water damage in your home, and routinely inspect visible pipes to be sure that no leaks are seen.
Washing machines use gallons and gallons of water each load. The drain and fill hoses connect washers to the household supply of water and provide entry and exit of water to and from the machine. Over time and with use, the fittings of these hoses may become loose, and the integrity of the hoses becomes weakened. When not secured all the way, those gallons and gallons of water going through the hoses could end up flooding your home. If leaks are present in these hoses, water will spill out all over the floor. It is important to check the water hoses on your washing machine regularly to ensure that all fittings are secure. It is also good practice to replace these hoses every 3-5 years to avoid leaks from deterioration.
Most standard water heaters are designed to constantly fill themselves in order to provide an instant warm water supply. Minerals build up inside water heaters due to the temperature, and overtime those mineral deposits may cause water heaters to spring leaks. Even a small leak in a water heater can cause major flooding because of the endless flow of water. Your water heater needs to be inspected on a regular basis, and requires routine maintenance to prevent leaks. If you hear a popping sound coming from your water heater, or notice water on the ground around it or on the sides, get it checked immediately.
Water will always take the path of least resistance. Drains provide a route for water to flow with ease, and direct water where it needs to go. When drains become clogged or plugged, water is no longer able to flow freely, so it will look for somewhere else to go (which consequently ends up being your floors). Slow drainage is a sign of a potential blockage, and should be addressed ASAP in order to prevent a full clog and water back up. If you notice a minor clog, major clog, or just slow drainage, get it checked out. Keep drains in sinks, tubs, and showers clean and clear of any potential blockages.
No matter the sources, size, or scope of the water damage, Southeast Restoration is here to help with all of your water damage cleanup needs in Columbus and surrounding areas. We offer 24/7 emergency services so we can be there when you need us most.