Water Damage: Why Leaks Happen, Anyway?

Water damage is usually associated with leaks although it may happen due to external factors, like river overflow and thus, basement flood. Some forms of damage can be fixed without spending a small fortune on repairs, like when water seeps from a window due to a broken seal. Then again, the cost of water damage cleanup and restoration may be considerable if you don’t notice water seeping.

To be accurate, when we talk about water damage, restoration, leaks, and all relevant disastrous situations, we need to understand that not all cases are the same.

        * Small-scale leaks, like when there’s some water leaking under the fridge or washer, will still cause damage but are usually fixed without requiring a complete rebuild.

        * Disaster restoration is required when the leak is extensive, like when water damages drywall and the panel must be replaced to avoid further structural damage and safety concerns.

       * But sometimes, small-scale leaks may also demand complete rebuild and repair services. That’s when they are not detected soon and so, water is doing damage for quite some time without anyone noticing.

It’s fair to say that knowing the usual reasons for water leaks may spare you some headaches and, surely, a considerable amount otherwise needed for the required water damage remediation.

Should we talk about the main water leaks?

Bad plumbing

Water Damage: Why Leaks Happen, Anyway?

Problems with the plumbing system will likely cause water leaks. What usually happens is the joints of pipes become weak, the pipes get corroded, connectors break, or there’s high water pressure causing pipe damage. In cases where water finds cracks, holes, and similar escape routes, it gets into the home. A similar situation – and hardly rare, would be when the pipes burst. This usually happens when the temperatures are really low.

What’s the best way to avoid such problems? It’s hard to tell when plumbing problems happen and it’s hard to find the exact location of the culprit. But it’s good to pay attention to wall or ceiling discolorations, slow tap water flow, and damp corners. Also, if you remodel, replace old pipes.

Roof leaks

Roofs leak when their components are damaged – from the underlayment to the flashing. Or, when shingles are missing and the exposed materials under the shingles are gradually destroyed due to the elements. Clogged rain gutters – as part of the roof system, may also cause leaks and structural damage. Even if this outer damage, the walls may absorb moisture that will eventually show on the inside.

It’s best to have a roofing contractor check the roof and the attic before you buy a home. Do the same as well as the necessary roof repairs after big storms and heavy winters.

Sewage backup

Homes also flood when toilets and sewers get clogged. Sewage systems usually back up when they are filthy and thus, clogged. Also, during heavy rainfall. The situation is similar within the house and when the toilet is blocked and so, water overflows when you flush.

It makes sense to say that the drainage system should be checked periodically and filth must be removed. It’s also important that hygiene products should be thrown in the toilet but in the trash.

External factors

Underground homes and rooms – like basements, often flood when there’s continuous rainfall or overflow of a nearby water source – like a river.

Although you cannot fight nature, you can waterproof your home and check the sealants around the basement area regularly.

Firefighter water

Water Damage: Why Leaks Happen, Anyway?

Firefighter water will also cause damage. Whatever is left standing from the fire may be finished by water. There’s nothing you can do about that. If there’s a house fire, it must be extinguished. In such cases, there’s usually a need for both water and fire damage restoration.

Water damage, contaminated water, and mold

Now that we’ve seen the range of water leaks, it’s time to consider the extent of water damage. It’s no wonder that the water damage repair methods vary since not all cases are the same. It depends on how much damage water has caused but also how dangerous water is. A simple example would be that of sewage backup. Black water – that’s water coming from toilets and sewers, contains bacteria and contaminants and so, treating such damage accordingly is imperative.

And don’t forget that water damage doesn’t come alone. It brings mold along. The longer moisture and water stay and the longer it takes you to discover the wet areas, the more damage will be – not just by water but by mold too. Hence, keeping an eye on possible water leaks and fixing them at once becomes a number-one priority in any household.