The Most Common Types of Water Damage

Water damage is a nightmare for any homeowner, but the different causes of flooding affect which type of water damage restoration service Janesville homeowners need to seek. Whether your basement has flooded after a summer storm or you need to have excess water removed from your yard due to improper drainage, it helps to know what type of water damage you are dealing with.  

Flood Water Damage

Flooding is a significant issue for homeowners during multiple times of the year. In the spring and fall, an increased frequency of thunderstorms and rain showers can result in the flooding of low-lying  areas. In the springtime, as the winter snow begins to thaw out, large quantities of melted ice, slush and water can find their way into the home, causing a significant amount of property damage. Flood damage is especially a problem for homeowners with basements and foundations that are not properly sealed against the elements.  

Appliance Malfunction

Many household appliances use large quantities of water, including the water heater, washing machine and dishwasher. If any of these appliances malfunction, it could lead to a significant amount of water damage in your home. Dishwashers may overflow or become backed up, causing damage to hardwood flooring in your kitchen. Likewise, a malfunctioning washer can easily soak through carpets in the laundry room.  

Burst Pipes

Burst pipes are one of the leading causes of water damage in both commercial and residential settings. From rust to faulty pipe connectors, there are a variety of culprits behind a burst pipe. In the winter, water within the pipes can freeze, resulting in the expansion and subsequent weakening of the metal. Whatever the cause of a burst pipe may be, it is important to address the damage as quickly as possible. Once the water is shut off, the process of removing the excess water in a basement or other areas of the home can begin. A non-electric water pump is a great appliance to keep on hand in the case of a burst pipe that requires you to have your electricity shut off as well.  

Improper Drainage

A proper drainage system is designed to route water around and away from the home. If your home sits at the bottom of an incline or is otherwise improperly irrigated, you may be at an increased risk for flood damage. The best way to deal with drainage issues is to keep your gutters well-maintained to prevent water backup and ensure that your foundation and lower-level windows are properly sealed. A yearly inspection is even more important if you live in an area with heavy rainfall. If you are a Janesville homeowner dealing with the aftermath of water damage from any of the above causes, Leaders in Disaster Restoration can help. Call today at (888) 874-7066 to schedule a consultation and receive an honest quote from one of our highly trained technicians.
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