What Causes Water Damage Around The Home?

Feb 09 2019
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I think this article about water damage is basically every homeowners worst nightmare. Fortunately, with the invention of pex plumbing, burst water pipes are becoming more a thing of the past. Instead of drilling holes through a dozen 100 year old floor joists I, instead, went straight up the wall from my kitchen sink to plumb in my master bathroom sink. Way easier, made way more sense. Too bad I live in Minnesota and its a north wall. Every year, if it gets below negative zero temperatures, the pipes freeze to my master sink.

Its not a huge deal because I still have my tub and shower for water up there and its really not that much different when it comes to brushing my teeth lol.

Of course no matter how long the freeze lasts I never get it through my sleepy morning brain and still try to turn my sink faucet on even though, I know full well, that it doesn’t work.

The first year I had a basic and total heart attack. I expected, when everything thawed out, to have burst pipes in my wall. Horror.

After some research on the Pex pipe I used on my water pipes I was delighted to find out that it rarely (if ever) breaks when it freezes because its a plastic product it expands as needed. Yay!

Living with a whole house on demand hot water heater, how much it costs to run, how easy it is to install and what its like to live with, with well water.
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If there is one thing that all homeowners have experienced at some point it is a leaky appliance. However, this can often go one step further, resulting in a considerable amount of water damage.

Getting to the bottom of this is an important part of home maintenance. With that in mind, read on to discover more about some of the most common causes of water damage.

Sewer lines back up – This is one problem that you should never attempt to fix yourself! Backed up sewer lines can be caused by heavy rainfall, as well as biockages.

You need to call a professional plumber for this issue, and you can enlist the likes of Home Angel’s water damp cleanup after to ensure your house is restored back to its former glory, as such problems can cause extensive mess.

Drains stop draining – Another reason why you may have water damage in your home is because your drains have simply stopped draining.

Burst pipes due to outside temperatures – You may also have a bit of an emergency due to the cold temperature. Most people hate the winter, and with good reason, yet this hatred only grows stronger if your pipes freeze and rupture.

This can easily happen if you have not insulated the plumbing in your home before the winter sets in. A burst pipe can be a nightmare to say the least, causing flooding from the ceiling to the basement.

Your AC soaks the ceiling – This is another common form of water damage that is worth talking about in further detail.
Your air conditioning system will pull humidity out of the air, condensing moisture into the overflow pan of your unit so that water travels outside via a condensate line. If the line is clogged or the pan is damaged, the drainage system will stop working. This causes soaked ceilings and soggy insulation.

Pressure gets to the washing machine – Your washing machine’s supply lines are constantly under pressure, which can result in the appliance filling with water quickly.

This can cause older PVC or rubber lines to wear out and rupture, which turns the laundry room or your kitchen into a complete flood zone. You can use braided stainless steel to replace these old lines so that the mess is avoided.

The toilet drips – Last but not least, if your toilet drips and runs all of the time, not only can it be very annoying, but it can also be very expensive.

A bad leak can result in floors being ruined, and the walls too. You need to find out why your toilet turned into a water hazard if you’re to fix this.

As you can see, there are many different causes of water damage.

Once you have established why there is water damage in your home, you will be then be better placed to fix the problem and make sure it does not get worse.

What causes water damage in the home besides burst pipes, leaky appliances or bad plumbing this articles covers every home owners worse nightmare
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  1. February 12, 2019 at 2:25 pm

    If you have unlevel floors that can cause water to pool and soak small areas over time. We had water damage on our bathroom floor, pulled the flooring and found mildew in the subfloor. We cut it out, redid the floor and remodeled at the Same time. If the Floor had been level in the first place the water wouldn’t have leaked off the edge of the shower ruining the floor over the years.

    • February 12, 2019 at 5:09 pm

      Nancy, that is a great tip! Thank you for commenting, hope you’re having a little less snow than we are here in northern MN – hopefully spring will be here soon!

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