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Most Common Causes of Water Damage

Water damage is one of the most common types of property damage in the Auckland. It can lead to major structural and health issues, not to mention expensive repairs. As such, it's important you know what causes water damage so that you can take steps to prevent it before it happens! In this post we will discuss 7 common causes of water damage- from broken pipes to clogged drains- and provide tips on how you can avoid them.

Leaky or Broken Water Pipes.

A leaky pipe can lead to costly repairs if it's not repaired quickly and properly. And, when the problem is with a hot water system, this can pose serious risks as well because unsafe temperatures may be reached leading to scalding injuries in children or elderly people who are nearby. The best way to prevent this type of damage is by having all your plumbing checked once per year for leaks and faulty connections so that these problems can be fixed before they happen.

Poorly Installed Heater or Air Conditioning Unit

In addition to being an unpleasant inconvenience, burst heating systems and AC units also cause expensive repairs due to the equipment needed- which will need to be replaced. To prevent this, you should look at your heating system and air conditioning unit once per year for leaks, cracks or any other signs of danger- so that you can call a professional before it becomes too late to do anything about the problem.

Broken Dishwasher Hose

A broken dishwasher hose will lead to water damage in two ways; firstly from the leaking water which may cause rotting floorboards and woodwork near the washing machine because they are soaked with dirty water on a regular basis. Secondly, when these same wet floors get walked over by people, accidents like slips and falls become more likely as well due to slick surfaces. The best way to prevent this is by checking all hoses once per year for any signs of wear and tear so that they can be repaired or replaced before a breakage happens.

A Clogged Sink Drain

If you have a dishwasher, washing machine, dryer and other appliances draining into the same sink, then it's very likely that dirt will build up over time and begin to clog the drain. This will cause dirty water to overflow and seep onto surrounding surfaces- which is unpleasant, unhealthy and expensive if you need a professional plumber for repair work. The best way to prevent this type of damage is by regularly checking your sink drains with a plunger or other device so that dirt can be removed before it becomes a problem.

Frozen pipes

When the weather gets colder and winter begins, water lines can become frozen which will lead to leaks once they thaw out- leading to significant damage and potential flooding in your home or office space. The best way to prevent this is by having all outdoor faucets turned off or disconnected before the first frost and by not placing wet clothes near these pipes as well.

Overflowing Bathtub or Shower

When a tub or shower is left running for too long, it will overflow which can lead to water damage in your bathroom from flooding that won't stop leaking onto floors and carpets. It can also lead to mold and mildew growth, which will cause further damage over time if it's not quickly cleaned up. The best way to prevent this is by regularly checking the water level in your tub or shower so that you won't accidentally leave it running too long and overflow- causing expensive repairs as a result of the flooding.


Water damage is a common problem that can be prevented by following simple safety guidelines like checking your pipes, turning off the water when you're not using it and more. If you have any questions or concerns about how to prevent this type of damage in your home or business space then please feel free contact us for advice. We would love to help

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