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When we hear the term water damage, we generally think of dramatic floods, severe storms, or a broken laundry machine that creates sudden havoc. But most water damage jobs aren’t as dramatic as the flooding of an entire room or having to replace your entire downstairs bathroom. Many water damage jobs are more often rooted in continuous leaks that cause damage over time. In order to prevent or reduce your risk of molds or structural issues, it’s important to know what to look for as well as what to maintain.

  1. Leaky Appliances

Dishwashers, laundry machines, sinks, bathtubs, toilets, and all other appliances that use water are suspects for possible leaks. These are the appliances to keep on a regular maintenance schedule or at the very least, be constantly checking for leaks. Whether it’s leaking pipe joints or P-traps underneath sinks, where there is water where you can see it, there is possibly also water where you can’t see it. Since many of these appliances are embedded into cabinetry, the slow continuous leak will warp the wood and lead to mold growth over time. In severe cases, it can lead to wood rot. If you notice a leaky appliance, call a plumber or other appliance repair professional as soon as you can before a small problem turns into a bigger one.

  1. Human Error

Forgetting to turn off the sink or bathtub faucet is fairly common. As is a clogged toilet leading to a water overflow. Water damage that comes as a result of negligence or accidents can do more damage than you think. Water overflow from sinks and toilets can destroy flooring and carpeting, especially if not cleaned up right away. You may find permanent damage down the line in the forms of mold growth or structural damage. Always keep an eye on running faucets and know how to turn off the water supply line valve for your toilet.

  1. Broken or Damaged Pipes

Pipes run throughout your home and can become damaged over time. Freezing temperatures can also affect your pipes, causing them to burst unexpectantly. If a pipe within your home does happen to burst, it can cause serious water damage – and fast. However, even minor dripping leaks can cause substantial damages over time. Inspect your home often for signs of leaking pipes or other subtle signs of water damage. This can show itself in the form of water stains on your ceiling, mold growing in certain corners of the home, or warped flooring.

Protect your property from common causes of water damage. Talk to your homeowner’s insurance agent to see what’s covered under your policy. It is common for a basic homeowner’s insurance package to not cover flooding damage. If you do encounter a water damage situation and need help, you can count on ServiceMaster Advantage in the greater Houston area. We can clean up and dry mild to severe water damage and take on jobs both big and small!