An excess amount of water pooling or trickling down areas of your home that it shouldn’t be will inevitably cause water damage. Many factors can contribute to the appearance of excess water, including leaky pipes, faulty household appliances and extreme weather. The key to making sure water damage doesn’t ruin the integrity of your home is to catch it early on and fix the problem as soon as possible. To give you a better idea of how water damage can occur in your home, here are five of the most common occurrences.
It’s difficult to look within the walls of your home for possible plumbing leaks unless there are outward signs of water damage visible through the walls. This can happen due to improperly joined or rusted piping. To make sure the pipes you have access too aren’t leaking, check under your sinks and other areas with exposed pipes.
Concerns About Naturally Damp Areas
Crawl spaces, basements and attics are areas in the home that are prone to experiencing water damage. Darker crawl spaces that feature piping make it easy for mould to grow and spread throughout your home, damaging the structure. Groundwater can easily penetrate your basement’s structures and air leaks in the attic can cause moisture to develop on the underside of the roof, resulting in rotting wood and mould. These areas need to be checked regularly for any signs of water damage.
As your appliances get older, the piping within begins to crack and rust, becoming weaker and therefore more susceptible to leakage. This is specific to household appliances like washing machines, dishwashers, refrigerators and water heaters. They’re all vulnerable to deterioration, so it’s important that you monitor them closely for any water leakage or damage.
The HVAC System
Your heating, ventilation and air conditioning units can all cause water damage to some degree, especially your AC. This system needs to be serviced regularly, or else you’ll experience moisture buildup. Once that moisture cools down, it can interact with the mould spores within the ducts, encouraging the growth of mould from within.
Unfortunately, you have no control over naturally occurring water-related disasters like heavy rainfalls, hurricanes and flash floods. However, if those are common in your area, then there are preventative measures you can take to ensure that your home stays water-free. Anyone of these instances can trigger water buildup within the walls of your home. Now is the time to contact your local water damage experts to start waterproofing your home.
At ONT Restoration, our team is dedicated to restoring your home to its original state after a flood, fire or plumbing disaster has occurred. Located in Mississauga, Ontario, we offer 24/7 emergency response as well as services that include water damage restoration, flood damage restoration, emergency roof repair, sewer cleanup and much more. Our services are fully insured and we use the most advanced equipment available, so give us a call any time or visit our website for more information.