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What causes water damage?

On Behalf of | Feb 17, 2022 | Firm News

As a homeowner, it is important to understand the damage that the elements can do to a house. Even a new and relatively well-protected home could potentially suffer from enormous losses and irreparable change with certain forms of damage.

Water damage often causes a particularly large amount of anxiety for homeowners due to the fact that it is both harmful and incredibly common. But just how can water damage affect your home?

External water damage

Forbes discusses the types of water damage a house can suffer from. First, water damage can come from outside or inside the home. If a home suffers from poor sealing, it is possible for rainwater to seep in through cracks and crevices. Though this will not do extensive damage the first time, it can stack up quickly. People who live in particularly wet areas that see a lot of rainfall should keep an eye out for rainwater damage.

Flooding can also cause damage, and this is most common in areas that have a high rate of hurricanes. Though unnatural downpours and swelling from rivers and lakes can also cause flooding, the most brutal damage comes from natural disasters.

Internal water damage

Water damage can also come from within the home. Burst or leaking pipes will often serve as the culprit. A homeowner is more likely to notice a burst pipe, but leaking pipes can cause just as much trouble. They may actually serve as an even bigger problem, because the longer period of detection gives a leak more time to damage the foundation, wood and other materials in the area.

It is important to speak with legal help soon after noticing potential water damage. After all, whether it comes from inside or outside, any form of water damage could cost a pretty penny.