Updated: Mar 10, 2021
We live in New Jersey, which is prime real estate for natural flooding damage caused by hurricanes, nor’easters and overflowing rivers. However, several common causes of water damage can occur in and around your home due to a simple lack of maintenance to hidden problems behind walls and floors. If left untreated, water can breakdown drywall, hardwood, and other structural elements of a building as well as lead to hazardous mold conditions.
In order to help you prevent water damage, here are six common causes of water damage you should be aware of.
Backed Up Sewage
When sewage backs up, there is potential danger both from water damage and waste that can carry bacteria, parasites, and other contaminants. Open floor drains are typically the most common cause of backed up sewers, but they can happen even with a closed waste system.
Leaks in Your Roof
It is common for roof shingles and decking to wear out over time, and as your roof weakens, there is an increased chance that rain or snow can seep underneath, leading to water damage. When you clean your gutters twice a year, take this time to make a visual inspection of your roof as well.
Problems with Your Foundation
Damaged foundations are also a common cause of water damage. Cracks, gaps, and general wear and tear to your foundation can make it possible for water to start to seep into your basement or crawl space. Oftentimes it happens so slowly that it can go unnoticed until there’s a problem. It’s a good idea to check your foundation regularly.
Leaks in Your Plumbing
The valves and fixtures of your plumbing system will wear down over time and may cause at first just tiny leaks that easily go unnoticed, especially if the leaks are behind walls or otherwise hidden from plain sight. To help prevent leaks, make sure to check your valves at least twice a year and replace them every 20 years or sooner depending on their condition. If the valves are behind walls, be on the lookout for signs of water spots or sagging drywall.
An Old Hot Water Heater
The importance knowing about your water heater can help divert a disaster in the future. The average lifespan of a typical hot water heater is between eight and ten years. Keeping your water heater maintained on a regular basis, flushing the system and general upkeep, can help prolong the life of your water heater.
A Malfunctioning Sump Pump
A sump pump is designed to help you prevent water damage, but if the sump pump itself fails, there’s nothing to stop flooding. In order to keep your sump pump in good running order, service it at least once or twice a year. You can do this yourself by pouring a bucket of water into the sump pump basin to make sure it’s working properly. You may want to consider replacing your sump pump about every 7 years, depending on use.
A sure sign of water damage is water stains on your drywall or ceilings, water pooling in the basement or mold. The certified technicians from Dry Master Restorations are knowledgeable, courteous and respectful, and have all the right tools and equipment to perform water damage repair, leaving your home safe and dry.