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Causes of Water Damage in the Mid Atlantic

4/19/2017 (Permalink)

water damage in the mid atlantic

Water damage is a common problem among home owners. It can cause extensive financial loss, and damage to the home, but more importantly, it can force the inhabitants out of the house temporarily, or even permanently.

So how can we prevent water damage from occurring? We are going to cover that, but first, let's take a look at some of the most common causes of water damage in a residence.

The most common cause of water damage we have found is leaking pipes. Unfortunately, many times it is almost impossible to see that a pipe is leaking or malfunctioning because the problem is out of site.

In some cases the pipe will rust over time, or freeze over. In fact, any drastic change in temperature will cause stress on the pipe, and lead to minor damage of the structure.

So how do we prevent this from happening? The most common way is to simply allow the water to trickle out of the tap, even if it’s at a drip, through the night on particularly cold nights. This allows the water to continue to move, and discourage freezing.

Another cause of water damage is accidents. Most people with children know how this goes: action figures dropped in the toilet, kids overflowing the bathtub, anything like that. In this case preventing the water damage is simple enough. Simply being aware of what your child brings into the bathroom with them, and keeping an eye on their baths should help you avoid water damage in these cases.

Another cause of water damage is humidity in the basement, attic, or crawl space. In dark, damp, and humid places – especially in mid atlantic, where it's already humid - this environment allows moisture to drip through the foundation, walls, or roof. If left unattended over a period of time this can lead to damage to the walls ceilings, and floors of these spaces.

It’s tricky to spot the development of water damage in these places because the  damage happens gradually over a long period of time. A simple solution is to apply the use of a dehumidifier once in a while in these areas. That should prevent any significant water damage to them.

There are many other causes of water damage, but these are just some of the most common. As always, if you have a case of water damage in the Northern Virginia area you can contact us at SERVPRO of Marlton/Morningside for the fastest service in town!

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