Water damage is an incredibly common occurrence in many new and older homes. Any home that has been lived in has probably seen some sort of water based damage. There are many sources of water damage, but the most common are typically the least dramatic. Simple leaks account for much of the water damage woes that homeowners deal with. Calling a plumber to do routine maintenance in your home can help you save hundreds if not thousands of dollars down the line. Let’s take a look at some common water damage offenders in your home.

Overflowing Toilet

Toilets overflow for many reasons. While there are instances in which non-flushable, every day household items are being pushed down the drain such as Q-Tips, baby wipes, etc, many toilet overflow incidents have more to do with the piping or the float level of the tank.

One thing we know for sure is that you don’t appreciate your local plumber until water is rising…rising…rising, and out of the bowl and onto the floor! Many of us have been there, it is a moment of panic. Water getting onto the floor is an awful scenario, especially when it starts making contact with the wall. If you are on the second floor, this can be dramatically worse as any gaps or minor holes in the tiling or floor will now allow water to leak into the structure of your home.

Appliance Water Leaks

Appliances can be sneaky culprits of leaking water in your home. Washers, refrigerators, dishwashers, etc, can leak without you knowing. Over time, the leaks can get worse and cause damage to the flooring of your home or the water line is not properly sealing water, and so you have a leak in the back of the unit.

Leaky Pipes in Your Home

Perhaps the most common leak is a pipe leak. Pipe leaks often happen due to build up inside of the pipe or corrosion. Pipe leaks can be troublesome—especially in areas such as your kitchen sink which are used every day. The cabinetry under the sink is often of a (strangely enough) thinner wood which is typically not coated with a water resistant paint or other protection. When your pipes start leaking there, it can quickly start ruining the base of the wooden cabinetry and allow the growth of harmful molds and dry rot.

Leaks in Your Home Allow Mold to Grow

Mold infestation in your home is something you do not want to happen. Mold and dry rot often accompany one another, and dry rot absolutely destroys parts of your home with wood or wood substrates. Mold has a terrible odor and is also a frightening sight to see, if that were the worst of it then it would not be too much of an issue. However, mold presents a significant health risk to everyone living inside of the home.

Mold reduces immune function and can trigger respiratory tract symptoms such as coughing, wheezing, head cold symptoms, etc.

How does mold grow inside of homes? Dampness is the crucial element that allows mold to grow, and while humidity is also a factor, the number one cause of mold growth in homes is water leakage. Leaking water in hard to reach spots creates zones for mold to grow and spread. When pipes leak behind walls this is one of the worst outcomes, as they are leak unseen and unknown. Eventually, the drywall becomes moist and starts to signal the issue, but by then you’re likely to already have had mold growth.

Best Plumber Houston TX

Plumbing is a miracle of human civilization, without this basic but essential feature in our homes and facilities, life could not go on as it does. Simple water leaks can create large problems down the road and they are often the first sign that something is not right with your pipes.

Everyone needs a reliable and experienced plumber. Contact Dotson Plumbing today to schedule an inspection or service to get your home back in tip top shape!