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Other Sources of Water Damage

3/5/2018 (Permalink)

When we think of “water damage”, flooding or pipe bursts are usually what first come to mind. Water damage isn’t always caused by drastic events. Other several factors that happen in our homes can lead to water damage, such as:

  1. Toilet, Sink and Tub Overflow - Overflowing water will flood the bathroom floor and seep into the flooring. Make 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.
  4. Garbage disposal - Proper garbage disposal usage not only prevents leaks and potential water damage, it also improves its life span. One tip is to avoid pouring grease or oil down the garbage disposal as this can cause drain clogging. 
  5. Basement - When warm air hits a cool surface such as your basement, condensation is created. By reducing the humidity, you are reducing basement condensation. One way to do so is by using a dehumidifier to absorb excess moisture.

One good rule of thumb is to immediately fix issues with plumbing and kitchen appliances.  HVAC systems, basements and crawl spaces should also be monitored regularly as these areas can invite mold growth.

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