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Water damage inside your home is a huge inconvenience to your daily life, your family, and to your wallet. But if you know the causes, you can be better prepared for if and when it happens. It will also help you be prepared for potential water damage restoration costs you may have. Here in Panama City Beach, the chances are much higher than other areas of the country, which means we need to be even more cognizant of signs of potential water damage. Here are five common causes of water damage in your home and neighborhood to be aware of.
Leaking or Burst Pipes
Clogs, blockages, or a sudden influx of use can cause pipes to leak or burst. Older pipes are markedly more susceptible to damage. Burst pipes are an obvious problem, spewing hazardous waste and contaminated water throughout your house. However, leaks, even just ⅛ inch, can pour out potentially hundreds of gallons of water a day. Both are costly and dangerous, and will require a professional water restoration crew to restore the damage.
All appliances have their eventual expiration date. But water heaters, dishwashers, clothes washers and yes, dryers, and any appliance that uses water as a main function, has the potential to break down, leak, corrode, or rupture in some area. This can lead to expansive or intense water damage, if only because many of these appliances are never in the most accessible areas of the house to fix.
Roofing and Gutters
The saddle and drip edge are two key portions of a roof’s structure that are built to aid against water infiltration to the interior of the house, and from corrosion to the exterior walls and configurations. Sagging or poorly constructed roofs lead to inefficient drainage during wet weather. Tremendously sagging roofs can collapse from the sheer weight of pooled water, causing a deluge of tainted water to waterfall into your home. Congested gutters can impede the natural flow of water, causing the pooling of water on the roof.
Air Conditioners and Sprinkler Systems
Sprinklers used to just be to water the grass with little thought and even less stress. Luckily, that machination was finally brought inside to fight against house or apartment fires. Unfortunately, indoor sprinkler systems have been known to malfunction and have the opposite negative effect. The case is the same for cooling systems in the house, such as swamp coolers and other HVAC systems. Be sure to check for leakages and overflows.
This one is the most obvious and sadly, the hardest one to prepare for. When someone says “natural disasters”, many people think of things they have seen in movies: flash floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, tropical storms. Unfortunately, these are all very real possibilities here in Florida. Hurricane season runs all the way from June 1st to November 30th, half of the entire year. Now that we’re in May, so close to the summer hurricane months, it’s important to know who your local water damage restoration company is before disaster strikes. This way, you won’t have an extra stressor of trying to figure out who to call to fix your home.
Daystar Cleaning and Restoration in Panama City Beach, Florida offers 24/7 home restoration due to water damage, and crew members are available 365 days a year. They are IICRC Certified, and they go above and beyond by offering a 100% risk-free guarantee. Some awful aspects of life and homeownership are unavoidable. But Daystar Cleaning and Restoration will do all they can to help your life and home get back to normal.