Tiny water leaks in your house can linger for years and drive up water bills. However, spontaneous water leaks can be catastrophic and destructive in the home. With people spending even more time at home, the opportunities for failure are high: toilet lines burst, pipes freeze, refrigerator tubing cracks. These leaks are common and expensive. One in fifty-five homes experience a catastrophic water leak each year. On average, a major problem causes $8,000 worth of damage to the average home.
A serious water leak doesn’t just mean tens of thousands in damage – it also means that you have to vacate your home for water remediation contractors. Mold removal, sheetrock replacement and more need to take place for you to get back in your home. Trust 24/7 Restoration Specialists to provide quick, quality water damage restoration.
In general, there are several general types of catastrophic water damage leaks:
Hot water tanks fail over time and can cause significant damage– the average age is twelve years This is usually due to a 1) lack of maintenance or 2) replacement of the anode rods. When a hot water tank fails, the first thing that happens is 120 gallons of hot water on your basement floor; then it keeps running. So 1) check often for drips around the unit and 2) keep track of the age– replace before it fails.
Burst pipes can occur anywhere in your home and are generally caused by freezing temperatures in your home. Since Houston is warm, builders don’t usually insulate or bury the lines very deep. This type of blockage causes water pressure downstream, between the faucet and the blockage, to increase. So even if the night was only blow 32* for a few hours, you might have a burst pipe.
Plumbing lines can corrode and bust — depending on what floor your toilet or sink is on, there could be extreme catastrophic damage if water rushes through the home. A toilet supply line leak can be even more costly and dangerous if it occurs in a higher floor of your home or building as the water will trickle down throughout your home. If there is a leak between the fittings, it’s likely you’ll need to buy a new supply line. If it’s coming from around the fittings, the solution could be as simple as tightening them.
The most important thing is to not ignore it. Water can get under the tiles, behind the counter, and under the tub. All of these can lead to expensive repairs so call the water damage restoration experts at 24/7 Restoration Specialists as soon as you suspect a problem.
Appliances like washing machines, ice makers and dishwashers introduce even more opportunities for leaks in your home. The most common failures on washing machines are due to those rubber gaskets, plastic connectors and pinched supply lines. Again, take any drips or stains that you find seriously- call the water damage restoration experts in to investigate.
Excess water and time are enemies of your home. If you find signs of water damage, call 24/7 Restoration Specialists immediately. The water damage restoration technicians will bring the expertise and equipment to restore your home back to the highest quality.