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Common Causes of Water Damage Homeowners Face


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From burst pipes to relentless rain, water damage can wreak havoc on your home’s foundation and peace of mind in minutes — striking unexpectedly and demanding swift action to protect your property.

In this blog post, we’ll discuss a few common causes of water damage, exploring the often-underestimated culprits behind your water leak issues.

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Roof Leaks

Roof with damaged shingles, exposing layer underneath.One of the most common sources of water leaks can be overhead. Your roof shelters your home from the outside environment, leaving it vulnerable to winds, storm damage, wear and tear from age, and lack of maintenance.

Often, homeowners can overlook the subtle signs of roof damage. If you notice wet or discolored ceiling spots, water stains, or mold growing in your home, the culprit could be your roof, especially if it’s old, shows visible signs of wear, or hasn’t undergone regular maintenance.

Broken or Burst Pipe

Copper pipe with a crack in it, leaking water.

A burst or broken pipe can lead to excessive water damage in your home, often putting homeowners at risk of costly repairs.

Major factors that contribute to burst or broken water pipes include freezing temperatures, corrosion, old age, accidental damage, or defective installations.

If left untreated, burst pipes can lead to structural damage, mold growth, and increasing repair costs.

Broken Water Supply Line

Diagram identifying parts of a water supply line.Your water supply line plays a crucial role in delivering water to all major appliances and fixtures in your home.

From your washing machine and toilets to refrigerators and dishwashers, all the water used to maintain comfort, convenience, and cleanliness in your home flows through this intricate system.

A broken water supply line can impact the integrity and function of your appliances and leave your home at risk of extensive water damage.

Water Heater Leak

Tank water heater in unfinished basement, with water puddle under it.Water heater leaks should never be overlooked. They can pose a significant threat to your home, leading to increased utility bills, system malfunctions, and water damage.

Detecting and addressing these leaks can help preserve the efficiency of your system and prevent major damage to your home.

If you notice pools of water around your system, rust or corrosion on your tank, or a drop in hot water temperature, you may be dealing with a leak.

Appliance Leaks

Home appliances can leak for several reasons, including defective parts, loose connections, and normal wear and tear. Whether you have a dishwasher, refrigerator, or washing machine leak, they may compromise the structural integrity of your home and lead to mold growth if left unaddressed.

Front-load white washing machine leaking water and suds onto white tile floor.

Toilet Leaks & Sewage Backups

Toilet leaks and sewage backups can quickly escalate, turning your home into a hazardous environment. Whether it’s from a worn-out flapper or faulty connections, water and sewage waste pose a real threat to the structural integrity and well-being of your home and family.

It often results in foul odors, increased health risks, and extensive property damage. While rare, it can and does happen, requiring immediate attention to reduce the risk of further damage.

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Schedule Water Damage Restoration

At Good Times Restoration, we provide water damage restoration, mold remediation, and plumbing services to Gilbert, Chandler, and Scottsdale residents. With a team of trained technicians and free estimates, we help you address your home’s urgent water damage troubles, restoring harmony and preventing long-term home damage.

As a locally owned and operated company, we believe in delivering personalized services with quick turnaround times. That’s why our reliable team is there with 24/7 emergency service, and we work with insurance companies to ensure a seamless and stress-free restoration process.

Schedule water damage restoration or mold remediation in Gilbert, Chandler, or Scottsdale by calling Good Times Restoration at 480-725-5010.

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