4 Most Common Reasons For Needing Flood Restoration

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Although it’s common to immediately think of severe weather situations as the cause for needing residential flood restoration, it’s crucial for homeowners to realize that there are many instances that can bring about flood damage. Knowing what to watch out for may save you from costly home repairs and permanent destruction that results in the loss of personal belongings.

Toilet Backups

Toilet backups can lead to quite an overwhelming burden as well as unsanitary conditions. Flood damages are often caused by an overflowing toilet, and this can happen for a variety of reasons. Dirt and debris can end up in the pipes of plumbing systems, causing them to clog or break. Pipe joints often become mismatched when sections shift and settle into a different position. Many homeowners find that roots from trees in their yard have crept into the sewer, generating problems. Sometimes sewers are too small to do their job in areas that are newly-developed.

Homeowners should maintain their sewage system where possible by handling any clogs right away and periodically checking to make sure the toilet tank isn’t overfilling. Most toilet backups with serious overflows are a hazardous situation for people to clean up on their own. The professional services of a flood restoration company are suggested because of all the illness-causing contaminants found in raw sewage.

Roof Leaks

As we all know roofs are used to shield a dwelling from outside elements, and they are something you don’t want to overlook when it comes to regular home maintenance. A leaky roof can mean big problems for the inside of a home if a storm rolls in. Blocked gutters, missing shingles, unsealed caulking, damaged roof or ridge vents and poorly installed flashing around a chimney are all scenarios that can lead to a leaky roof. Homeowners should make it a practice to always check their roof after a storm and a few other times throughout the year. A leaking roof can be hidden for awhile until it becomes so bad that it results in major water damage, mold and musty odors.

Unattended Yards

Flood damage inside can also be caused by a lack of maintenance or carelessness outside. Grading the yard of a home so that it carries water away from it instead of allowing water to run towards it is important to preventing flood damage, especially in the basement. Landscaping should ideally be kept a few feet away from the foundation of the home, and when watering with hoses or sprinklers, make sure water is not left to run or wetting exterior walls.

Household Appliance Failures

Refrigerators, dishwashers, ice makers and washing machines are all common reasons for eventually needing flood restoration in a home. These household appliances come with hoses that need to be maintained and checked frequently to ensure they continue to stay properly connected and tightened. At the first sign of a leaky appliance, it should be shut off and repaired right away.

Flood restoration companies have the appropriate tools and training to manage water damage and get a home back in working order with as minimal loss and repair cost as possible. Flood damage often happens without warning, but taking precautionary measures by keeping an eye out for these potentially destructive situations can help in the long run.

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By Tiffany Olson

Tiffany Olson is an avid blogger who lives in Northern California. She gained her interest in home realted topics from her father who is a retired life-long Union Carpenter. She loves researching and sharing knowledge with the public via social media and guest blogging.

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