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8 Common Causes In Water Damage In Your Oxford, MS Home

7/31/2018 (Permalink)

Flooring in a home that had a leak from their condensation line on their HVAC system.

Not only do undetected water leaks damage your home, but they can increase your utility buills as well as encouraged other secondary issues.  One of the best ways to keep your home safe from future leaks is to be aware of common situations that lead to leaks.

Here are 8 of the most common causes of leaks:

  1. Broken seals- overtime seals around water connectors make break or wear, watch for condensation or puddles of water near appliances.
  2. Clogged lines- keep your gutters and HVAC system clean to prevent serious clogs
  3. Corrosion- as your plumbing system ages you may see rust or other forms of corrosion eat away at the pipes, if you notice such discoloration or warping have a plumber come out and assess.
  4. Damaged pipe joints- where your pipes connect can be the weakest point on the line.If you have pipes that make a ticking or banging noise (especially when running hot water) have a plumber come take a look.
  5. Excess water pressure- it can be nice to have high water pressure but most pipes and faucets can only withstand certain pressure, any extra can cause leaks.If you feel that your pressure may be too high have a professional come out and measure.
  6. Intruding tree roots- most issues come inside the house but tree roots can intrude water lines and cause moisture in your yard.If you notice wet patches or sink holes call a plumber to check for intrusion.
  7. Loose water connectors- hoses and pipes that supply your appliances can become loose, again check for puddles around the appliance as well as water coming out of line.
  8. Rapid temperature changes- extreme outside temperature changes can cause your pipes to expand and contrast which can crack pipes.

If you notice an increase in your water bill, a musty smell around a drain or a change in water flow contact a plumber.  If water damage as occurred, SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale is here to help dry your home once the cause has been identified. 

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