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Water Damage: Common Causes in Alexandria

4/20/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage in Alexandria, VA.

Common Causes of Water Damage in Alexandria, Virginia

In Alexandria, VA Water damage is a costly potential problem that every homeowner should be aware of. As many have found out the hard way, it can cause thousands of dollars of damage, and even force the inhabitants out of the home temporarily, or even permanently.

So what are some of the most common causes of water damage in Alexandria? We have consulted our field technicians and have listed these most common causes below, so read on to find out.

The most common cause of them all seems to be broken, busted, or leaking pipes. But what causes these pipes to break? In some cases, they rust over time, causing the integrity to deteriorate. In other cases they freeze, which is also detrimental to the structure of the pipe. In fact any drastic change in temperature can cause stress on the pipe, and lead to minor damage of the structure.

There are a number of ways to prevent this from happening, and a few dollars here is well worth saving thousands later. The most common way is to simply allow the water to trickle out of the tap, even if it’s at a drip, through the night on particularly cold nights. This allows the water to continue to move, and discourage freezing.

Another cause of water damage is accidents. Yes, plumbing accidents. Parents of children can probably imagine what we mean: action figures dropped in the toilet, kids overflowing the bathtub, anything like that. The prevention of this cause of water damage is simple enough: Just being aware of what your child brings into the bathroom with them, and keeping an eye on their baths should do the job.

Another very elusive cause of water damage is humidity. This is something that Alexadrians know all too well. It gets very humid in the Washington, D.C. region, and when you have places like a basement, an attic, or a crawl space moisture can drip through the foundation or the roof. Eventually, if left unattended over a period of time, this can lead to water damage to the walls, ceilings, and floors of these spaces. This type of water damage can be hard to spot because it happens over such a long period of time, but if you walk into the space one day and smell mold you know you have a problem on your hands. Simply using a dehumidifier once in a while in these areas should prevent any significant water damage to them.

There are many other causes of water damage, but these are just some of the most common. As always, if you have a case of water damage in the Northern Virginia area you can contact us at SERVPRO of Alexandria for the fastest service in town!

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