Common Causes Of Water Damage
Water damage is the last thing you want to have to clean up in your Bartlesville home (ok, maybe not the last thing, but definitely not something you want to deal with nonetheless). Unfortunately, one of the most frequent calamities that can disrupt a homeowner’s life is water damage. When you consider all the potential sources of water and the numerous ways they can cause damage to your home, it can feel overwhelming.
Let’s look at some of the most common examples of potential sources of water damage so you can be more aware and prepared for when you may need water damage cleanup.
- Clogged Drains: Clogged drains and other plumbing issues might lead to water overflowing into your home. If the toilet, shower, tub, or sink drains become clogged, water cannot flow where it is supposed to, often resulting in flooding and water damage. This is why it is crucial to keep shower and tub drains free of the dirt, soap scum, hair, and grime that frequently get caught in them. To prevent this kind of debris from going down the drain and obstructing the flow of water, you can place drain catchers over them. If you notice that your sinks are draining slowly, you can use a liquid plumbing agent to help break up the buildup. Last, but not least, a clogged toilet can require some pretty serious water damage cleanup so be sure to only flush small amounts of toilet paper and never flush any other objects or feminine products down them.
- Broken Appliances: Water frequently leaks around broken, or malfunctioning, devices such as a dishwasher, washing machine, or water heater. Additionally, the water supply hoses for each of these appliances should be frequently inspected to make sure the connections are solid and secure and that there are no leaks. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for proper use, and use the recommended amount and kind of detergent in washing machines and dishwashers to prevent malfunction. Be sure to schedule routine service visits and maintenance for your water heater to keep it working correctly and efficiently and to reduce the risk of flooding.
- Leaky Pipes: Another frequent cause of water damage is leaky pipes – especially when it is cold outside and the temperature drops to freezing. Pipes will spring leaks when the pressure inside them gets too high. Whether from excessive water pressure or from, water expanding due to freezing temperatures, increased pressure in pipes can result in leaks and bursts as a means of relieving the pressure. Over time pipes may also start to corrode which could cause leaks and cracks in the plumbing. Be sure to check your plumbing this coming winter when the temperature drops so you can help keep your pipes from freezing. Another way to help keep pipes from leaking is to monitor the water pressure running through them. You want to keep your water pressure are 65-70 psi, but do not let it get above 70 psi.
Be proactive about preventing water damage in your Bartlesville home, and remember to call Courtesy Care if you find yourself in need of water damage cleanup.