Home Water Damage: 7 Factors To Consider
Water damage most often occurs in areas of the house where there are poor ventilation and excess moisture buildup. Such places include bathrooms, kitchens, basements and utility rooms. When water damage happens in a home, it is imperative that a water damage professional is contacted immediately. Immediate cleanup and repair can make the difference between a minor and a major problem. Here are seven factors about water damage, keep an eye out for these potential water damage contributors.
- The bathroom is the most susceptible room in your home where water damage occurs. From poor ventilation to the tub, shower, sink, and toilet; all of these factors can contribute to high humidity and growth of microorganisms, mold, and mildew.
- Visible draining and plumbing issues can indicate clogged drains in the line. Any blocked lines should be evaluated by a plumbing professional to determine where the clog is located and what is causing the issue. Clogged lines could be from improper disposal of items to tree roots penetrating through the pipes. A professional will have a solution to resolving the problem and taking proactive measures to repair the damage will limit and prevent further damage down the road.
- The grade of your lot can impact how water moves on your property. From rain to flood irrigating your land, if your land slopes toward your house, you may notice excess water pooling around your home which can lead to water damage and flooding.
- Rain gutters are meant to catch and divert rainwater away from your house, but if clogged or broken, the soil can swell causing water to build up and potentially lead to foundation failure. Ice dams occur when water is clogged in the line and expands and freezes. This can cause gutters to break or can cause of water pooling on the roof.
- The weight of snow and ice can also contribute to water pooling on your roof. This can cause water to get trapped underneath shingles or make its way into the attic. Over time the pressure and excess moisture can cause rot and deterioration of your roof and lead to structural insecurity.
- Existing leaks in your bathroom, kitchen or laundry room from faulty appliances can cause flooding in your home. Failure to properly maintain your property including the appliances may cause your insurance to deny your water damage claim.
- Water damage can cause mold. Mold can be seen visibly or present itself with a musty earthy odor. You may attempt to clean visible mold from the surface, but reoccurring mold can indicate a larger problem. Mold can penetrate porous surfaces and grow behind drywall where it isn’t visibly seen. Mold and mildew can cause respiratory discomfort and overtime be detrimental to your health. If you notice mold or mildew growth, avoid breathing in the spores as these spores can settle into your lungs.
Save yourself from costly repairs and keep an eye on your property. With regular walk-throughs and maintenance, you’ll be able to spot the first signs of water damage. Even with spring bringing warmer temperatures, Southeast Idaho isn’t a stranger to snow in late April. With excess moisture and warmer temperatures, you may see visible signs of mold outdoors. If you’re concerned about your property, give us a call today. With 24-hour emergency service, we’ll evaluate your property for water damage and address the root problem to remediate and restore your property and take the necessary steps to prevent water damage in the future.