In a domestic setting, water damage occurs when water starts to pool in areas it shouldn’t. The resulting effect is usually damage to the structural integrity of a building and even the growth of mold which is considered as an allergen and can be a health risk.
As a precautionary measure, it is usually advisable for homeowners to be aware of some of the factors that might bring about water damage so as to know what steps to take to address the issue before it develops into a bigger problem. The following overview of causes of water damage can help shed more light on this
Burst or leaking pipes
Burst or leaking pipes are amongst the biggest culprits when it comes to water damage within the home. Pipes are usually tasked with bringing in water into a home but in most cases no one notices their existence, and they become neglected with time.
Changes in temperature, line clogs, and fatigue due to the aging process can cause pipes to start leaking or in extreme cases, even burst. Due to the layout of these tubes, most of this goes unnoticed until the problem has escalated to a significant level.
A soggy wooden floor or perhaps the scent of decaying matter is usually a tell-tale sign that there might be problem somewhere
Crawl spaces, attics, and basements
Crawl spaces, basements, and attics are other areas prone to water damage. Crawl spaces are spaces usually added underneath the house to create room for piping and electrical wiring. Water seepage through the foundation can create a moist environment within the crawl space creating a perfect environment for mold to flourish or in some extreme cases, the formation of puddles
Moisture condensation in the attic can also create damp conditions within the roofing and ceiling structure resulting in water damage
Malfunctioning household gadgets
As domestic appliances such as washing machines and refrigerators get old, their pipes begin to crack causing leakages which if left unchecked can result in water damage to a house
HVAC units require routine maintenance. If not maintained, they can create moisture build-up which in turn interacts with mold spores in the HVAC ducts resulting in growth of mold within the dust
Natural disasters such as rain, snow and floods are also major culprits when it comes to causes of water damage. However, while we do not have any control over these natural occurrences, being better prepared can help us avert water damage due to some of these occurrences