5 Most Common Causes Of Indoor Water Damage
Water is all around us; in our pipes, in the air, in the ground around the foundation of our homes, and running through our appliances. Consequently, our Las Vegas homes and property are at risk for sustaining water damage. We at ERX would like to introduce the five most common causes of indoor water damage:
Because pipes erode over time, leaks and bursts are bound to occur. Leaky pipes can cause water to pool outside of the pipe, and can waste a lot of water each year. Do not wait to get leaky pipes fixed. Water damage gets more and more serious the longer it sits, so getting it resolved quickly is key in mitigating damage. If you are worried about the integrity of one of your pipes, get it checked by a professional and replace any old or corroded parts as quickly as possible.
Any time a drain gets clogged, the pressure that builds up it will cause water to back up or overflow. Since many clogs come from the toilet, it can cause sewage back up, which is extremely dangerous for your health. When kitchen drains back up, you can have overflow onto floors and under cabinets. If you are experiencing frequent drain clogs, or really slow drainage, get it checked by a professional so that you can avoid water backing up into your home.
Air conditioners remove moisture from the air, and when not functioning correctly, that moisture can build up within the AC unit itself. If not properly drained, that water can leak all over your home. The best way to prevent this type of water damage is to follow manufacturers recommended routine service checks for your unit. Whether it be HVAC systems or window units, it is important to check your air conditioner at least once every year to prevent possible water damage.
Dishwashers can cause some serious water damage in the home. The water hose that supplies the dishwasher can spring leaks, or its connections can become loose. Even using the wrong soap, or too much soap, can cause leaks to occur. Overfilling the dishwasher can cause strain, and lead to malfunction. Drains in the dishwasher can become clogged, and if it is not cleaned routinely can cause water to backup. Make sure your dishwasher is clean and clear from any buildup, and follow the manufacturers recommendations for usage and maintenance.
Most high-efficiency washing machines use 15-30 gallons of water per load, while older washers use anywhere between 29 and 45 gallons of water per load.
It is important to check that all the fittings on your washing machine are secure and connected correctly when you are dealing with that many gallons of water. The water hose should be checked regularly, and should be replaced every 3-5 years. Keeping the hose secure and in good shape will prevent leaks and flooding. If you notice any water leaking from your washing machine, get it checked immediately.
While there are many different sources of water damage, being aware of these 5 common ones can help you protect your home. If you find yourself facing water damage, call ERX Emergency Restoration. ERX experts provide superior residential and commercial restoration services in Las Vegas and surrounding areas. We are your partner in protecting your property, and will work with you to minimize the damage caused by any type of water disaster.