The Top 6 Water Damage Causes


When people think of water damage– well that’s the problem, people don’t normally think about water damage. Then, suddenly, that washing machine hose you haven’t bothered to look at since you moved in bursts and your house is turned into a water park.  Being informed about the causes of water damage can save you money and stress down the line.

Here are the most common calls our water damage restoration technicians respond to:

    1. Leaking Roof
      Leaking Roof in Dallas Fort Worth Area
      Roof leaks happen for a number of reasons: roofing materials deteriorate over time, storms rip off shingles and create exposures, or clogged gutters can stop water from flowing away from your roof and cause water to soak through.

      What it does to your home: Water from a leaking roof can cause paint to peel, damage ceiling-mounted lights and fans, ruin possessions stored in your attic, and even cause ceilings to collapse.

      How to prevent: perform regular roof maintenance every 6 months or after severe weather. Replace any missing or damaged shingles, clean your gutters regularly, and trim overhanging trees to prevent debris from building up.

       

    2. Frozen Pipes

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      Frozen pipes can happen in all climate types, it doesn’t matter if you live in Anchorage, Alaska or here in Dallas, Texas. When your pipes are exposed to freezing conditions, the water inside them also freezes. Water expands as it turns to ice, and the built up pressure causes the pipe to burst.

      What it does to your home: When a water pipe bursts it can release up to 105 gallons of water per hour– that’s equivalent to two full bathtubs. Think about it. Every hour your house fills up with two bathtubs of water. It’s really not even the replacement of pipes that can be costly, but the extensive water damage it causes.

      How to prevent: Insulate pipes in poorly insulated parts of the home, like crawlspaces and attics. Don’t touch that thermostat! People have a habit of turning the thermostat down during the night, but the sudden drop in temperature can cause pipes to freeze. Open the cabinets beneath your sinks to allow warm air to reach your pipes. If your pipes happen to freeze, remove any nearby flammable contents and use a hand-held dryer or an electric blanket to warm them.

    3. Leaking Pipes
      Water Leak Burst in Home
      While it doesn’t sound like it, a leaking pipe can be more destructive than a burst pipe, especially if it goes unnoticed for a long time. A small ⅛ inch crack in a pipe (that’s the size of your fingernail) can release up to 250 gallons of water a day. These types of leaks are harder to detect because they don’t release a large flood of water, and by the time homeowners discover that little leak, a large amount of damage has already been done.

      What it does to your home: A slow, ongoing leak from an appliance or pipe can ruin your flooring, deteriorate your drywall, and could lead to mold growth.

      How to prevent: Regularly inspect your sink, toilets, refrigerators, ac units, and dishwashers for signs of leaks. If you notice a leak, call a plumber immediately. Also, consider installing a leak detection alarm for any appliances connected to a water supply line.

    4. Water Heater Failure
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      Standard water heaters contain up to 40-120 gallons of water, so when one unexpectedly leaks or bursts it can cause an immense amount of damage. A malfunctioning water heater can also become a fire explosion hazard. If pressure builds up in the tank you’ve essentially got a ticking time bomb in your house waiting to explode. When you notice your water heater is malfunctioning, it’s important to act fast for the sake of your safety.

      What it does to your home: If a water heater is located on the second floor of a property and it ruptures, the flooding can cause ceilings to cave in.  A water heater can also produce slow, ongoing leaks that spread through nearby walls and flooring.

      How to prevent: All water heaters have a limited lifespan, but by doing routine maintenance you can prevent catastrophic leaks and even extend the life of your water heater. Maintain your water heater by flushing a quart of water from the storage tank every three months, checking the temperature and pressure valves every six months, and inspecting the anode rod every four years.

    5. Broken Washing Machine Hose
      Flooded house from Washing Machine
      Many homeowners don’t realize they’re supposed to turn off the water supply lines to their washing machines after they’re done doing a load of laundry. Washing machine hose supply lines are always pressurized, so breaking a hose is like turning on a highly pressurized water faucet and it will release a flood of water through your house.

      What it does to your home: A burst washing machine hose can flood your laundry room and home. Slower leaks from worn hoses and loose fittings can also cause water damage to any surrounding floors and walls.

      How to prevent: Turning off the water supply after every load is the best way to prevent a washing machine overflow. However, if you’re forgetful (like most of us) there are other measures you can take. Inspect your hoses regularly and replace any damaged, rusted, or aging hoses with metal-mesh hoses– these are more durable and fairly inexpensive. Also, consider investing in auto-shutoff valves that automatically shut off the water supply if a hose bursts. These are a little more expensive, but definitely worth the investment.

       

    6. Sewage Backup or Overflow
      Water Damage Removal & Extraction services for Sewage Overflow

      Sewage damage most often occurs when the main sewage line or a line that connects to the main sewage line backs up, forcing sewage waste into you home.

      What it does to your home:  Sewage water is extremely contaminated and contact with it could cause severe illness or even death. Disease-causing pathogens spread onto surfaces and into porous materials like carpet and drywall. A professional will know how to remove sewage water without spreading it to other areas of the home and can properly remove any contaminated items.

      How to prevent: Don’t flush paper towels or feminine hygiene products. Avoid using so-called “flushable wipes”. Despite their name, they actually wreak havoc with your plumbing. Since the wipes don’t dissolve, they tend to accumulate over time and clog pipes. Also, Regularly call a plumber to inspect your pipes every year or so.

Contact Regent Restoration To Fix Water Damage Causes

Regent Restoration is a leading commercial and residential water damage restoration company that serves the entire Dallas/Fort Worth area. We’ve been repairing water damaged homes and business back for decades, so we’re experts on the subject. If you find yourself in a water damage emergency, call us at (214)-731-4624. We’ll arrive at your DFW property within 30 minutes to help you and return your life back to normal.

 

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Water Damage In Your Home: What To Do Immediately

The Next 3 Things to Immediately do About Water Damage

You might not realize it but all of us here at Regent Restoration are like heroes in disguise. What would the DFW metroplex do without our heroic services? If you are experiencing any extent of water damage, it is best to call us, the professionals.

Unfortunately even pros need some time to prepare and get to the accident site, so here are the 3 first important things to immediately do about water damage while you wait for us to come to your rescue.

Stop The Water

The very first step is to stop whatever leak or flood is wreaking havoc in your property. If it is some sort of pipe damage or appliance that is connected to a water source, the best way to stop the leakage would be simply to turn off the water connected to it. You can do this by turning off the nearest water valve. If you cannot find it or it doesn’t have one, you may need to turn off the water at your house.

If the leak is coming from an appliance, you can try turning the appliance off but be cautious, it may be too dangerous if the appliance is near an electricity outlet.

If the damage is coming in from an outside source and it is simple enough to stop with very minimum effort and contact, then proceed to do so while you wait. One common thing to keep in mind is to never assume that a leak or flood is easily stopped and harmless, you may end up causing more damage or risk for yourself.

Prevent Electrocution

The second thing to do regardless if you were able to stop the leak or not is to prevent electrocution by safely removing yourself and any possessions from any area near an electricity outlet.

Be very cautious, it is much safer to turn off your electricity from the breaker panel than to try to unplug appliances or anything connected near water.

Once our team arrives they will be able to determine if an electricity outlet is dangerous or not.

Remove Valuables

The first 2 steps were mainly for control and safety, removing your valuables is a prevention of loss. Anything that is of value to you that is affected by the leak or flood should be removed to prevent damage.

It is a good idea to remove what you can, but in the case that something is too big or heavy, our helpful response team would be glad to assist you move or elevate your belongings.

If you are experiencing sewage damage it is best not to come into contact with it all, for health and personal safety reasons. This means many belongings may not be able to be restored.

Call Us!
Our last bit of advice on what to do immediately about water damage is to pick up a phone and give us a call. We respond to any range of leaks, floods or accidents 24/7, our professionals are here to help you and help thoroughly and correctly clean up while also preventing further damage! Don’t wait until it’s too late! (214) 390-3828.