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Alternative Sources of Water Damage/Mold Growth

6/22/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage in the home can come from multiple places - maintenance is key.

When the phrase “water damage" is used, flooding caused by massive storms, burst pipes, or a leaky roof are usually what first come to mind. Water damage isn’t always caused by drastic, dramatic events, though.

Some other sources of water damage in a residential property are:

  1. Bathrooms - Toilet, sink, and tub overflow - can flood the bathroom and seep into the flooring. To prevent this from causing future damage, be sure to fix any noticeable plumbing problems in the bathroom, especially since this area is highly susceptible to mold growth.
  2. HVAC Systems - Condensation line leaks can welcome mold growth into these dark spaces. Perform a condensation line inspection and cleaning every 3 to 6 months, along with the air filter replacements.

  3. Dishwasher - A dishwasher that isn’t properly sealed will cause a leak on your kitchen floor. While using too much water for one load can also cause a leak, consistent leaking should be inspected and repaired to prevent additional damage or mold.

  4. Garbage disposal - Proper garbage disposal usage not only prevents leaks and potential water damage, it also improves its life span and functionality. One tip is to avoid pouring grease or oil down the garbage disposal, as this can cause drain clogging. 

It's a good habit to frequently inspect water sources to ensure that there are no issues that would cause future water damage or mold growth.

Should you notice water damage in your home, or if you discover mold on your property, give SERVPRO of DeRidder, Leesville & Vinton a call and let us assess the damage and help make it "Like it never even happened."

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