Water is a common cause of damage to homes, and it does not have to be due to natural disasters or flooding. Problems like poor craftsmanship and wear are the most common causes of water damage. The damage to your home can be caused by a leak on your roof or plumbing issues. Here are some tips to help you prevent water damage to your home.

1. Burst and Leaking Pipes That Cause Water Damage and Mold Problems

Pipes often cause leaks that go unnoticed or that happen when you are not at home. Burst pipes cause damage that you are probably going to notice when you get home, and quickly cleaning up the mess will help to reduce damage. Even small leaks beneath a kitchen cabinet will eventually cause mold problems, and that can sometimes be worse because these problems are more likely to go unnoticed. The leaks allow mold to grow and feed on organic materials like wood and can eventually lead to structural damage in your home.

2. Foundation Systems That Fail and Allow Water to Get into Your Home

Your home may also have foundation systems that help to keep the water out. The system may be a basic French drain that allows water to flow out of your home. The drain systems can also include interior drainage and sump pumps that help pump water out of a basement. In addition to the foundation, there are also waterproofing systems that can fail and cause structural damage and cracks in the foundation of your home from static water pressure.

3. Roof Leaks That Can Easily Grow into Mold and Structural Problems

Roof leaks are another problem that you will want to be aware of. If a leak causes a water spot on a ceiling, you will likely notice it, but this is not always the case. Sometimes, leaks can form around areas like the eaves and slowly cause rot and severe structural damage. A home inspector such as Catawba Island Home Inspections can find these problems, identify the source, and recommend repairs that need to be done to your home. They can also inspect outdoor areas for structural damage and leaks.

Water problems are most likely to happen when you least expect them, and being prepared will make the cleanup process easier. Contact a home inspector to help identify some of these hidden problems in your home and talk with them about what needs to be done to correct structural problems. 

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