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Common Causes of Home Flooding

What are the most common causes of home flooding? To answer this question, we must first understand what is meant by "home flooding." Home flooding is when water enters your property and damages any part of your home. There are many reasons for this to happen. Some people assume that the only cause of home flooding is a leaky pipe or burst pipe- but there are many other potential causes as well. In this blog post, you will learn about some of the most common causes of home flooding.

 

Water heater leaks

Water heater leaks play bigger role in home flooding than most people realize. According to the Insurance Information Institute, water heater leaks account for nearly 20% of all home insurance claims each year. To find out if your water heater is leaking or has a slow leak, you can check it yourself or hire a professional.

Leaky dishwasher

A leaky dishwasher can cause damage to your home and is a common source of home flooding. Dishwashers are also more likely than most appliances to develop problems because they get used every day,often times, the leaks will come from loose connections or faulty hoses. To prevent water leakage, make sure that all hose connections under your dishwasher are securely attached.

Water supply line leaks

Leaky water supply lines are another common cause of home flooding that most people don't think about. Even small, slow-dripping lines can lead to thousands of gallons of wasted water--and this will not only increase your monthly utility bills but also the risk for flooding in your home.

Frozen pipes in the winter

Pipes that freeze during the winter can expand and burst, which will usually lead to pipe leaks. When this happens in your home's crawlspace or basement, it can cause significant damage and is a common source of home flooding. To prevent frozen pipes: make sure heat is getting to all areas where water supply lines are located; keep cabinet doors in your home's crawlspace open; and regularly check pipes in these areas for water.

Leaking roof or gutter

Leaking roofs and gutters can cause damage to your home and are a common source of home flooding. Most roof and gutter leaks are small enough that they can go undetected for a long time. A slow leak in your gutters or downspouts will eventually cause problems and is likely to lead to home flooding as well.

Damaged septic tanks

A damaged septic tank is one of the most common causes of home flooding--and it can also cause serious health problems if not fixed. Septic tanks are designed to hold wastewater, which includes both sewage and rainwater runoff from your roof. If your septic system becomes filled with water because of damage or a failed drain line, this can cause wastewater to back up into your home--and this will usually lead to home flooding.

Pipe breaks due to extreme temperature changes

Pipes are designed to be flexible, so they can expand and contract when the temperature changes. However, extreme temperature swings can cause pipes in your home to break--and this will often lead to home flooding. To prevent damage due to pipe breaks: insulate any exposed piping in your crawlspace or basement; check that all connections are secure; and regularly check exposed pipes in these areas for damage.

Sump pump failure

The sump pump is designed to remove groundwater from your home's basement or crawlspace. However, if the unit malfunctions and fails to turn on--or works too slowly--it can allow water levels in these areas of your home to rise high enough for them to flood. Sump pumps are also more likely than other appliances/fixtures in your home to develop problems because they get used more frequently.

Conclusion

As you can see, there are many common causes of home flooding. However, most of these problems are easy to prevent by being proactive.

Also you know there are many common causes of home flooding that most people don't think about. However, they're easy to prevent with a little bit of effort and planning.

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