Common Causes of Residential Flooding

Common Causes of Residential Flooding

Water damage can seriously ruin a home. It can damage personal belongings, lead to mold growth, and make the home unlivable overall. Many people believe only coastal neighborhoods are at risk for floods, but the truth is it can happen almost anywhere. Consider these common causes of residential flooding to protect your home from serious problems.

Broken Pipes

A broken or burst pipe is one of the worst things that can happen to your home. In a matter of seconds, a broken pipe can pump hundreds of gallons of water at any point. Even small leaks are not something to ignore, as these can lead to further issues. It’s important to know where your main water valve is to shut off the water in case a pipe breaks or bursts.

Malfunctioning Appliances

Similarly, a malfunctioning appliance can cause residential flooding, too. Water heaters, dishwashers, washing machines, or other appliances that improperly connect can lead to water damage. It could very well be that only the hose and faucets of these appliances broke, but you should still call a plumber to check for more serious problems.

Inclement Weather

Depending on where you live, inclement weather can easily flood a home’s basement or ground floor. It’s important to have a good foundation and sump pump to drain any excess water, but this is still dependent on the location. Homes near hurricanes or heavy rains experience more flood risks than landlocked areas, but it’s still important to be aware, wherever you are.

Clogged Gutters

It’s common knowledge that clogged gutter systems are one of the most common causes of flood basements or foundations—not to mention, clogged gutters cause a whole host of issues. Your gutters are meant to carry water away from your home through downspouts, but they can clog and malfunction. A clogged gutter will pool water on your roof, which causes serious water damage, mold growth, and structural damage. Not to mention, clogged or misaligned downspouts can also cause foundational damage and sinking if water collects. Avoid this issue with regular gutter maintenance or call a professional gutter cleaning service to make sure your gutters are in top-notch condition.

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Sue Baxter

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