Water damage is a scary thing to find in your home. Depending on the extent of the damage, getting rid of water damage can seem like a nightmare. Luckily, with some care and maintenance for your residential or commercial property, you can take some steps to prevent water damage. Here are some things to take note of when thinking about what could cause water damage to your home or business.
High Humidity and Condensation
It may seem improbable when we say high levels of condensation and humidity can damage your home, but it definitely can happen. Depending on the temperature in your home, condensation is actually a result of high humidity. When the air can no longer hold the amount of moisture there is it causes condensation on your windows, walls, and other surfaces. Why is condensation a big deal? Having the additional moisture can cause your walls and floors to swell, warp, and deteriorate over time. It is also important to note that mold needs a certain amount of moisture to cultivate in your home or business. Having high humidity can facilitate its growth. Having high humidity can also cause some health issues and respiratory discomfort, so maintaining the ideal humidity of 30-50% throughout the home is best for many reasons.
Though there are many instances where water damage can be avoided, sometimes the situation can be totally out of our control, like when a natural disaster is involved. Flooding and severe storms obviously come with their fair share of water that can cause damage to our home or belongings. In the instance of fires, when the fire is put out that can cause your home or business to be left with water damage along with the results of the fire. Whenever possible, it is important to implement precautionary measures, like boarding your windows in the event of a hurricane or tropical storm. This can help prevent damage to your windows and keep the water outside rather than coming in and invading your home and causing damage. If you do have damage from a natural disaster, it should be addressed and attended to immediately in order to prevent the bad damage from becoming worse.
Leaking Pipes & Plumbing Issues
Oftentimes leaking pipes can start in our walls or in areas where we aren’t likely to notice, wreaking havoc on our homes in ways we can not see. If you notice a change in your water pressure it might indicate that there is a problem with your pipes and should be looked into. Sometimes, like if it is the pipes under your kitchen sink, it could be a simple fix as the access to the pipe is much easier to maintain until the leak can be fixed.
Other plumbing issues, such as overflow, garbage disposal malfunctions, and poor seals on plumbed appliances can cause water damage as well.
HVAC issues can be prevented with proper care and maintenance of your unit. Some examples of how it can create water damage in the home include:
- Frozen coils
- Clogged drain
- Pipes that are not sealed or installed properly
If you want to prevent water damage from your HVAC system, make sure to stick to your filter changing schedule and it is recommended to have your system checked out annually by a professional
When your gutters are clogged with debris, it makes it impossible for them to do their job. This causes spills and water ending up where it should not be, thus, increasing your chances of dealing with water damage
As you can see, there are many instances that can cause water damage. It is important for you to keep your residential or commercial property well maintained. In doing so, you can prevent many of these frustrating situations. If you do, however, find yourself dealing with water damage, reach out to our professional team at ITD Restoration right away. We understand these things can pop up when you least expect them to, so we offer 24/7 emergency service- (866) 219-9059.