What Are the Common Causes of Water Leaks in Homes and Buildings?

According to the Insurance Information Institute, the average cost of water damage or freezing claim is $11,098. You should want to avoid having your damage costs total this amount. Knowing some common causes of water leaks can help you fix them quickly and prevent high damage costs from accruing.

If you want to learn more about some of these causes, read on.

Damage to Your Roof

The roof is your property’s main protection against the weather. If it’s not in its best shape, water may invade your home. For example, roofing materials can develop holes or shift out of place.

Also, if your building has a flat roof, poor drainage can also be an issue. This can cause water to pool on top of it. The weight of this can cause your roof to break under the pressure.

You can check for these issues by inspecting your roof. Get a ladder, climb up to where you can see your roof’s surface, and look for anything out of place.

However, it’s not a good idea to walk around on your roof. Doing so can cause injuries to yourself and/or more damage to your roof.

Rusted or Shifted Pipes

Is your building decades old? If so, the pipes within it may be the same age. If this is the case, they’ve gone through many years of deterioration.

This can take many forms. Metal supply line pipes can rust and wear away. This can cause them to develop holes.

In addition, both metal and plastic pipes can develop holes from constant water pressure and clogging issues. They can also shift with the home over time. As a result of this, the joints can become uneven.

All these situations are recipes for supply line leaks and water damage.

Window Water Leaks

A window can provide an easy way for water to enter your home. This is especially a problem for skylights and other ceilings/roof windows.

Do you see water around any of your building’s windows? If so, first check to make sure if the window is fully closed. If it is or it’s not the type of window that opens, check for damages.

If you don’t see any cracks with your eyes, feel the surface of the glass. Your fingers may detect any unevenness on the surface where there could be a crack.

After this, check around the edges of the window. You should notice if the waterproof seal has holes and/or is loose.

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As a final tip, remember to check for water leaks regularly. This is the best way to stop water damage from becoming too severe once it starts. Just add taking glances at different parts of your house to your daily chores.

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