Whether you’ve recently experienced water damage in your home or just want to prevent it from happening, it’s important to know what common causes residential water damage.

 

Bursting or Leaking Pipes

Depositphotos_11392563_s-burst-pipe-300x198Whether it’s in the bathroom or kitchen, old or blocked pipes can burst or leak. Make sure your garbage disposal is properly working and that food or large objects aren’t clogging any drains. In the bathroom, if your sink takes longer than normal to drain, you may have hair and products building up in the pipes.

 

Overflowing or Clogged Toilet

Whether it’s the flush valve or tank, a small toilet problem can cause a major problem. At least once a year, inspect your toilet and check for any worn or damaged materials and consider replacing them.

 

Home Appliance Malfunction

Any appliance connected to water has the risk of causing water damage, namely your dishwasher, laundry machine, and water heater. If you notice any hoses looking worn, replace them. If any of the appliances are slightly malfunctioning, call a repair technician to check for potential problems.

 

Roof Leak

Your home’s roof doesn’t last forever and, even if it looks like it’s in good condition, there may be holes developing. If your roof is more than ten years old, consider hiring a licensed roofer to check for any damage or potential problems.

 

Natural Disaster

Depending on where you live, natural disasters can cause water damage. While you can’t prevent an earthquake or severe storm from happening, you can make sure your appliances are solidly in place and that your roof and pipes are in good condition.

5 Most Common Causes of Residential Water Damage
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