Indoor flooding is one of the leading causes of water damage. Flood disasters can happen at any time and from a number of different sources in our Lafayette homes. We at Restoration Pros want you to take into consideration some of the leading culprits of indoor flooding so that we can be more proactive in preventing flood damage to your property.
1. Leaking Pipes
Because pipes erode over time and are constantly housing water, leaks and bursts are bound to occur. Leaky, broken or burst pipes are common causes of house floods. You should check the pipes in your home regularly for any leaks, cracks, or signs of corrosion. If you are worried about the integrity of one of your pipes, get it checked by a professional and replace any old or corroded parts as quickly as possible.
2. Clogged Drains
Any time a drain gets clogged, it will cause water to back up. That pressure that builds from backed up water can cause bursts or overflow into your home. Since many clogs come from the toilet, it can cause sewage back up which is extremely dangerous for your health. When kitchen drains back up, you can have overflow onto floors and under cabinets. If you are experiencing frequent drain clogs, or really slow drainage, get it checked by a professional so that you can avoid water backing up into your home.
3. Air Conditioners
Air conditioners remove moisture from the air, and if not functioning correctly, that moisture can build up within the AC unit itself. That water can begin to leak into your home. The best way to prevent this type of water damage is to follow manufacturer's routine service checks for your unit. Whether it be HVAC systems or window units, it is important to check your air conditioner at least once every year to prevent possible water damage.
Dishwashers are another common cause of flooding in the home. The water hose that supplies the dishwasher can spring leaks, or its connections can become loose. Even using the wrong soap, or too much soap, can cause leaks to occur. Overfilling the dishwasher can cause strain, and make it malfunction. Drains in the dishwasher can become clogged, and if it is not cleaned routinely, it can cause water to backup and flood. Make sure your dishwasher is clean and clear from any buildup and follow the manufacturers recommendations for usage and maintenance.
5. Washing Machines
It is no wonder that washing machines can cause water damage in the home when you think about how much water these appliances use. The average high efficiency washer uses 15-30 gallons of water per load. It is important to check that all the fittings on your washing machine are secure and connected correctly. The water hose should be checked regularly and replaced every 3-5 years. Keeping the hose secure and in good shape will prevent leaks. If you notice any water leaking from your washing machine, get it checked immediately.
When your home or business in Lafayette suffers from flooding, you need a team of water damage professionals to arrive fast and clean up the damage before it gets any worse. Restoration Pros offers complete emergency flood damage restoration services. Let our team handle all of your flood damage restoration needs.