It is important to begin water damage restoration procedures as soon as possible following any sort of flood or water damage event.
Construction and new development can drastically alter the landscape, resulting in insufficient drainage and runoff. In addition, more houses, parking lots, and roads mean less land to absorb excess water.
On a more local level, water damage may occur in your home as the result of leaky or burst pipes, overflowing sinks or bathtubs, as well as even less desirable situation such as sewage back flow or stopped up toilets.
Water is unique in its ability to cause damage both initially and over time. Unlike fire, which confines its damage to one area and can be fairly easily contained, water has the uncanny ability to get into places you might not think to look, and it continues to cause problems and generally wreak havoc for as long as it is allowed to stand.
There are numerous sources for water to leak from in your home, most of which can be prevented by regular inspection and maintenance (more on this in a later section). Even the smallest leaks can end up costing you hundreds of dollars per year in additional costs. The most common causes are the faucets in your kitchen and bathroom sinks, which are used frequently and may develop leaks simply due to “mileage” and a gradual loosening of surrounding joints.
The hose on your washing machine may be another culprit. While generally long lasting, hoses older than five years should be checked regularly. The same rules apply to hoses on the back of your water heater. Even if the leak itself is not major, even small leaks can provide an avenue for the growth of mold.
Of all the rooms in your home, the bathroom is probably the most likely source for a water leak. The room is humid and moist most of the time, and broken or cracked grout can lead to mold forming behind tiles, where it may remain hidden for a long time. The spores it produces, however, may contribute to the erosion of air quality in your home.
Of course toilets are a common problem when it comes to water leaks in the home. They constantly have water sitting in them and the plumbing they are attached to is used on a regular basis. Inspect the plumbing running to and from your toilet on a regular basis. If you discover any signs of leakage, have it repaired as soon as possible.