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Top 5 Culprits of Residential Water Damage

June 15, 2015 @ 11:24 am

Water Drying EquipmentThere are many situations that can result in water damage to your home.  In certain cases, the damage can be so pervasive that new drywall, flooring and other structural renovations are required. For this reason, it is important to contact a water damage repair specialist immediately if you discover such problems. Below are several of the biggest water damage culprits a homeowner may face:

 

Sewer Backup

Perhaps one of the worst culprits with regard to water damage is a blocked or backed up sewer. With the new pipeline going in across the east side of Las Vegas right now, we recently got called to a home that began smelling like the sewer in her bathroom. Come to find out the drilling company drilled into her pipe and filled it with concrete by accident, so all waste backed up into her home!

This is a serious problem that can quickly escalate into an emergency situation if not immediately addressed. Damage from a blocked sewer can result in negative health consequences if not dealt with in a timely manner. This is particularly true if backup from the sewer line has seeped into various areas of the home like our recent customer above.

In certain instances, the effects of such contamination are long-term in nature, not to mention very costly to repair. For example, your home may become a breeding ground for various bacteria and viruses that prefer such an environment. It may be weeks or even months before you realize that such germs have begun to proliferate in your dwelling. Additionally, because of the pattern sewer pipes typically follow, structural damage can occur in multiple areas of the home.

Burst Pipes Under the Kitchen or Bathroom Sink

Of all the water damage culprits, one of the most common is a burst pipe underneath your bathroom or kitchen sink. In certain instances, pipes in such areas spring small leaks that go unnoticed for days or weeks. However, the compromised pipe will eventually burst, sending a flood of water across the surrounding floorboards. The water will likely seep into other areas of your home, as well. If such an event occurs, it can ruin carpet, tile, hardwood floors or household items that should not be exposed to water.

Water Damage Problems in Apartments

Almost all renters have probably had at least one experience with problems in other units that cause water damage in their apartment. If a neighbor’s toilet overflows, it can flood the bathroom in the apartment below. This is because rental units in apartment buildings are typically built with piping and electrical wiring patterns.  Bathrooms and kitchens are stacked on top of the other.  You should contact your landlord immediately if it appears that water is seeping down from your bathroom ceiling.

Major Appliances that Malfunction

One of the most common water damage culprits is the malfunctioning of appliances. When a freezer, refrigerator or washing machine malfunction, they leak water at a rapid pace into various rooms of your home. The failure of appliances such as dishwashers, toilets, ice makers or other items can cause profound structural damage in a short length of time. Foundation erosion and mold, and mildew are also possible when failed appliances spring leaks.

Mold and allergies

Allergies get worse from mold

Mold Breeds Health Problems

Mold and mildew not only damage your property, but cause respiratory infections, acute asthma and allergies. If you or one of your loved ones are already suffering from such conditions, there is a greater risk for complications if mold proliferates in your home.

Water Damage Restoration

Trademark Restoration provides a complete evaluation of water damage including a free estimate

Water Damage and Mold

Toxic Mold on Drywall

for the necessary repairs.  Because moisture creates a perfect breeding ground for toxic mold, bacteria, viruses and other dangerous substances or germs, water damage cleanup is essential.  It is unwise to attempt this task on your own and you should never procrastinate and risk further property damage or harm to your home’s residents. Rather, turn to TRS 24-7 for the cleanup process and necessary renovations.

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