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How Does Water Damage Occur?

Ways Water Damage Happens

One of the most common and inconvenient types of damage that can occur is water damage. Whether the damage is minor or massive, H2O leaves its mark in a few different ways that will need to be addressed by a team of water damage restoration professionals.

However, if you’re uncertain about how water damage can occur in the first place, here are a few common scenarios that our team has seen firsthand:

Burst Pipes

Starting with one of the most common scenarios, when a pipe bursts in your home — whether the pipe is visible or tucked away behind drywall — it can leave immeasurable damage. If left untreated, it could invite mold and mildew growth in your living; these “unwelcome guests” (if left unattended) can wreak havoc by tarnishing your home’s indoor air quality, as well as your respiratory health.

If you think you have a burst pipe present in your home, here are some of the signs to be aware of:

  • Your water meter is running when no plumbing fixtures are in use.

  • You hear the sound of running water when all appliances are shut off.

  • You see water stains around a particular area of a wall or ceiling.

While these are some of the most common signs of a burst pipe, that last point could also mean that you have a leaky roof.

Leaky Roof

Whether it’s due to negligence or mother nature, if you have a leaky roof on your hands — and it goes unrepaired — it can lead to water damage in your home. However, before the chances of dealing with the repercussions of a roof leak happen to you, here are some ways you can attempt to lessen the possibility of the situation:

  • Keep a close eye on your roof regularly.

  • If there was a severe storm in your area, look for loose shingles.

  • Have your roof inspected by a professional annually.

  • Depending on the type of shingles you have, stay on top of when the last time you had your roof replaced (i.e., homes with asphalt shingles is between 15-30 years).

Severe Weather

Speaking of Mother Nature, if there was recently severe weather in your area, there’s a chance it could have made its presence known inside of your home, too. If this is the case, you may notice random traces of water damage by your windows, doors, and even the lower level of your home.

Philadelphia Water Damage Restoration Services

TLC Drain & Sewer offers professional water damage restoration services to Philadelphia and the surrounding area. Whether a plumbing problem or Mother Nature caused the root of the damage, our team of highly skilled professionals will monitor every step of the water damage restoration process and get the job done as efficiently as possible.

For more information, give us a call at (215) 639-7473 or contact us online!