According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the average family of four uses 400 gallons of water every day. While most of this water goes safely down the drain and into the sewer, some of it may leak and cause considerable damage. Here’s a quick look at the leading causes of home water damage and how you can avoid them:
Though our roofs are designed to efficiently wick water away from our homes, they don’t always do their jobs. Missing shingles or damaged underlayment could lead to a nasty leak that will only get worse over time. Luckily, a professional roofing company should be able to perform the appropriate repairs.
Gutters work in conjunction with our roofs in order to carry water away from our homes. If your gutter system becomes clogged or damaged, water will likely accumulate at the base of your home. Without the proper drainage, water could eventually seep into your basement or erode your foundation.
Like all other buildings, your home is linked to the city’s water supply through a water main. If your pipes become damaged due to a natural disaster or old age, water could leak for hours or even days without your knowledge. When you finally notice the damage, it’s important that you locate and shut off your main water supply valve to prevent further damage.
Faulty appliances and fixtures
The average home has several appliances and fixtures that regularly use vast amounts of water—including water heaters, dishwashers, sinks, and showers. If any one of these appliances or fixtures starts to malfunction, it can lead to devastating amounts of water damage.
If your home has recently taken on water, contact Fentress Builders, Inc. of Indianapolis. Not only will our team of experts remove the excess water from your property, but we’ll gladly lend our remodeling and roofing expertise to your home’s recovery. Call us today at (317) 899-9381.