Water damage often takes the form of a gradual deterioration that results from standing water or a leak. Any type of water damage can lead to serious structural issues and mold damage that can be very costly to repair. Most homeowners don’t realize the importance of water damage restoration services until things escalate and get out of hand. Here are some of the common causes of water damage in your home.
A flat roof has the potential of creating a host of problems in your home. Typically, a flat roof should have a light gradient. In other words, your flat roof shouldn’t be actually flat, but instead be slightly convex so as to gradually allow water to run off the roof into the gutters. Unfortunately, there are certain issues that can undermine the slight slope of your flat roof. In some situations, your roof can gradually deteriorate with time and finally become genuinely flat or concave-shaped. A build-up of debris and leaves on your roof is one example of things that can undermine the slope of your flat roof. If the weak points on your roof collapse slightly inwards, water will pool on the roof rather than run off.
Gutters play an important role in directing water away from your roof and your building through the edges. However, if your gutters become blocked by leaves and debris, they will not do the job of directing water away as expected. A dam will form, and water will start overflowing over the edges of your gutters down the sides of the house. In addition, if there is a hole in your gutters, water will leak down the side of the house and cause dirty water marks. The water damage can spread and become substantial once the walls start becoming continually wet and start weakening.
Leaking pipes can cause serious water damage in your home even without you realizing it. The water can be subtle dripping and can leak in a loft or under the floorboards. Although it never gets serious enough for you to notice it and take action, it will lead to water damage, and eventually, a formation of black mold. Wrong water acidity level can cause leaking pipes because the condition does not allow the inside of copper pipes to form a film. This causes the copper pipes to dissolve over time. If your water is discolored or the water pressure becomes lower than usual, that is a sign of a leaking pipe.
Watch out for these causes of water leakage to avoid costly water damage in your home. But if the damage is already noted, contact our team of professional water damage restoration experts to have it inspected and fixed promptly.