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Invisible Causes of Water Damage

Heating & Air Conditioning Systems

Failure to clean and service air conditioners can lead to poor performance, higher operating costs, and moisture problems. Moist and dusty cooling ducts promote mold and other water-borne biological growth.

Photo of Vesel Construction vehicles outside a building undergoing restoration.Plumbing

Plumbing fixtures usually develop leaks due to weakened pipe joints, or hose attachment failures. Internal wall leaks are hard to detect and often result in significant damage. Kitchen leaks from a worn seal can divert water into walls and wooden counter top supports.

Pipes

Common pipe problems include blocked toilets and drains (especially kitchen drains, where grease accumulates), stoppages of garbage disposals, roots in sewer lines, and deterioration and bursting of water lines.

Basements

A damp basement is frequently caused by accumulations of moisture dripping through concrete foundations. The moisture evaporates, increasing indoor humidity even if there are no visible leaks or standing water. Another common cause is condensation on the cold concrete walls and floors during more humid months.

Appliances

Water heaters, washers, and dryers tend to rust and crack over time, allowing water to drip out. These appliances can leak slowly or cause a flood if severely damaged. Their hoses tend to deteriorate from the inside out, resulting in leaks as well. Damage can be significantly heavier when the leaky appliance is installed upstairs or in an attic.

Weather

Other reasons for water damage are unpredictable such as summer storms, floods, heavy snow, and other water type disasters such as blizzards and tornados.

Storm and water damage can happen at any time.  Most often these two things happen together. Water damage can occur due to damaged or faulty plumbing, leaky roofs, faulty fixtures inside your home, and severe weather.

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