Top Causes of Water Damage in American Homes

water damaged interior wall in a house

When fluids meet certain materials, they cause physical changes that weaken and cause deterioration. Gradual plumbing leaks can put your property at a disadvantage. Not all damages caused by floods and leaking pipes have coverage under your insurance.

You must be vigilant and knowledgeable so that you can avoid unnecessary bother and expense. Here is a list of the top events requiring water damage repair in Salt Lake City.

Cold temperature pipe bursts

At wintertime, it is common for plumbers to deal with ruptured pipes, which froze due to frigid weather. It may be cold, but the water that gushes out of these pipes is liquid and can destroy your carpets and wooden furniture.

Blocked gutters and clogged downspouts

The roof may be far from the basement, where flooding usually occurs, but the water can come from clogging of the roof’s drainage system. Debris buildup does not sound that alarming until you realize the roof is at the center of the house’s drainage system.

It is very important that you have the gutters checked for blockage, and while on the roof, deal with ice dams promptly as well.

Soaking from the HVAC

The condensate line of your HVAC heating, ventilating and air-conditioning system should shuttle water from the unit to outside the house, where it can drain away. When there is damage to the pan or the line, your home will get soaked.

The problem is you will not notice it happening until there is already considerable damage. You can easily avoid this with regular HVAC maintenance to prevent moisture buildup and remediate leaks.

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Backed up sewer lines

Sometimes, the water damage brings with it contaminated material from blocked sewer lines. When you realize you are dealing with sewage, make a phone call so that professionals with the right protective gear and appropriate equipment can deal with the problem at the source.

Water can be destructive. Do your best to protect your home. Knowing the possible causes helps you deal with the issue promptly.