Woman on an inflatable tube during a flood.

Common Causes of Water Damage

As a homeowner, you need to take the necessary steps to prevent water damage. Not only can water damage be expensive to fix, but it can also lead to the growth of black mold, which can affect your health. Here are some of the most common causes of water damage.

Leaking Roof

Whether it’s a minor drip or a sever leak, a roof that doesn’t keep the interior of your home dry needs to be repaired or replaced—depending on the severity—right away.

Water damage from a leaky roof threatens the structural integrity of your home and can compromise your health.

Leaks can...

  • Spike your energy bills. Leaking roofs saturate your insulation in the attic. The material will become dense as a result and won’t effectively insulate your home.

  • Pose an electrical hazard. Water and electrical wires are a dangerous combination.

  • Foster mold and mildew. Exposure to mold can result in symptoms of fatigue, chronic headaches, nausea, nasal congestion, and even asthma.

  • Rot the framework. Rafters, ceiling joists, fascia boards, and wall studs can become waterlogged, swell and rot with prolonged exposure to moisture.

Not all leaks are obvious. That’s why it’s important to inspect your attic for signs of moisture shortly after a storm.

Clogged Gutters

Clean your gutters regularly. Leaves and tree branches can cause a blockage. If the water from a storm isn’t able to properly drain, your home’s foundation could suffer damage.

If you notice the gutters sagging or pulling away from the home, contact us right away.

Undetected Leaks

It’s always a good idea to get your plumbing inspected at least once a year. This will help uncover any undetected leaks. You may be surprised by the damage that can be caused by leaks around the tub.

Overflowing Toilet

An overflowing toilet can create a nightmare situation. Aside from the potential for gross water to spill out into the hallway, there’s also a chance for water to seep between the floor. The root of the problem may stem from a clogged main sewer line.

Faulty Appliances

Faulty appliances put you at risk of experiencing water damage, including your washing machine and hot water tank. Be on the lookout for cracked hoses and corroded pipes.

If your home is in need of roofing repairs or a replacement, contact the professionals at Alpha 1 Restoration.