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Water Damage 101: 4 Non-Weather Related Causes

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If you are like most people, you probably think of a natural disaster whenever flooding or water damage is mentioned. While natural disasters are certainly a common cause of residential water damage, they aren't the only reason. In fact, there are several reasons for water damage—and most of them are all hiding within your home.

So what non-weather related reasons might your home suffer from water damage? Here are four causes:

1. Leaky or Broken Pipes

A broken or leaky pipe is one of the more common reasons for residential water damage. Obviously, large leaks can cause indoor flooding. However, even a small leak can begin to cause problems. Over time, leaks create a moist environment which is perfect for mold and mildew. Pooling water from a burst pipe can also cause issues withing the flooring, walls, or ceiling of your home as well.

2. Defective Appliances

Another culprit for indoor water damage is defective appliances. If you are like most people, your home is full of appliances that use water. Washers, dishwashers, water heaters, refrigerators, and freezers can all cause water damage issues in your home. Washers, dishwashers, and water heaters are the common cause of indoor flooding, as they can easily overflow or leak while in use.

However, freezers and refrigerators can also cause issues if they begin to fail. Although on a much smaller scale, your home might be at risk for mold issues when these appliances fail. Additionally, these appliances can leave pools of water throughout your home which can also cause serious issues.

3. Clogged Toilets

A clogged toilet might also cause water damage in your home. When a toilet clogs, it commonly overflows. The overflowing water can begin to leak out onto your floor. Even if addressed quickly, a clogged toilet can quickly begin to cause issues. Not only can it be unsanitary, but it can also cause problems with your flooring and subflooring.

Toilets may also begin to leak and cause water damage due to issues with the actual toilet, such as a cracked tank. So always use the toilet properly and do not flush anything inappropriate, such as feminine hygiene products, to avoid water damage. 

4. Sewer Backup

Finally, a sewer backup might also cause your home a significant amount of water damage. Typically caused by solid objects or grease going down the drain, a sewer backup usually causes a significant amount of indoor flooding. Other common causes for a sewer backup include root overgrowth, not performing maintenance, and bent or burst pipes.

As you can see, there are many reasons that your home might suffer from water damage that aren't related to weather. If your home does suffer from water damage due to these, or any other reason, contact a water clean up professional (such as one from Complete Restoration Services) for help.