Is Your Home Leak-Proof?
The rainy winter season in Southern California puts you to the test and often brings unexpected surprises in terms of water leaking into a home. One morning we wake up and find ourselves walking into a water puddle while on the way to making our morning coffee... What happened? A night full of rain made water intrude through the patio door. The culprit could either be poor insulation of the actual door, or perhaps water in the backyard had backed up because old leaves had blocked the drain on the patio.
We often don’t pay attention to the first little warning signs of water damage, a little here or there, as long as it can be wiped away with a towel we think we are fine. But ignoring such signs long term can cause bigger headaches, like structural damage to the house or mold.
The most common reasons for water leaks caused by rain in a home.
There are many reasons that can cause a water leak in your home. But serious water damage can be prevented by regularly inspecting your house. The most common leaks in homes caused by rainwater are found at:
1 – Decks & Balconies. They are built nearly level, therefore making water run off very slowly. Make sure drains are not blocked with leaves and other litter.
2 – Blocked Pipes & Gutters. Prevent clogging so water can drain properly.
3 – Skylights, Windows & Patio Doors. Check for damaged caulking and make sure they are sealed properly. Give special attention to the corners.
5 – Chimney & Fire Place. Especially in California, even little earthquakes can cause the flashing (the sheet metal that keeps the intersection between the chimney and roof watertight) to separate, making way for rainwater to enter the housing structure.
6 – Roof. Old, damaged or worn out roofs give way to heavy rains entering your home. Check for missing or cracked shingles and replace them. Check for clogged gutters.
Water in your home after all? React quickly.
Water did actually get into your home and you are worried about any damage it might have caused? Sparkle Restoration Services has a great water damage guideline that you might want to consult. Stay calm, call Sparkle Restoration Services or any licensed water restoration company and while waiting for them to arrive you might want to take care of any water you can clean away with mops or towels. Also think of bringing any valuables to a safer higher place. Don’t touch any plugged in electronics!
Some Statistics (by WestBend)
Water damage is the second most frequently filed insurance claim in the United States
Water damage claims account for $11 billion dollars in damages annually
The average cost of a water damage claim is $5,000
Up to 93% of the cost of water damage could have been prevented by the use of a shut-off system or water leak detection system
8% of all water damage to buildings is due to weather
Are you experiencing water leaking into your house? We can help you quickly to get your home back in order. Contact us and one of our technicians will be on his way!
Find more of your questions answered in our Water Damage Articles on our Blog (see articles of interest below) or contact us directly and ask us a question. You can reach Sparkle 24-Hours a Day at 714-641-6600 & 949-631-1001
President & General Manager
Sparkle Restoration Services, Inc
Articles of Interest:
- Water Damage – A Professional Assessment Can Help Prevent Future Health Risks
- Water Damage First Aid Kit
- Water Damage Explained (Part1)
- Water Damage Explained (Part 2)