Water damage can happen anywhere in a home, from a leaky roof to damage after a storm to appliance malfunction. But while water damage can pop up anywhere, there are certain rooms within a home that tend to see more floods and leaks than other rooms, and which will require more intensive water damage repair.
Here are the four most common danger zones for potential flooding inside a residential home.
Probably the number one most commonly flooded room in a home, the basement poses many opportunities for flooding. First of all, basements tend to contain at least one appliance that can malfunction and leak (such as a washer, pipes, or the water heater). Basements can also have wall cracks that allow water from the ground outside to seep in. Furthermore, many families use their basements solely for storage—meaning they rarely go into it. This means that leaks and other water damage may go unnoticed for weeks at a time. This will obviously be a huge problem that calls for major water damage repair.
To prevent basement water damage, make sure to regularly go down and check for problems, including indications of moisture, a musty smell, and any signs of mold.
The Laundry Room
We love our washing machines, but they are the culprits behind many household floods. Hoses burst and washing machines overflow—and this can leave a huge mess, which will call for lots of water damage repair.
Unfortunately, sometimes washers just malfunction. The best way to prevent a problem before it starts is to observe it closely. If you notice it acting up or leaking even a little, repair it before it becomes a bigger issue.
There’s so much water in a bathroom that it’s very common for there to be water damage problems. These issues can include things like improperly sealed showers, toilets, and tubs; leaky faucets, and mold.
In order to keep your bathroom from suffering from water damage, make sure to regularly maintain it and keep it as well-ventilated as possible.
Dishwashers. Sinks. Refrigerators. The kitchen has so many opportunities for floods and leaks. Serious leaks have been caused by all of these appliances, and pipes under the sink can be a big problem, too.
Pay close attention to any strange “behavior” from any of these appliances. Make sure they are maintained and working properly to prevent any water damage. If anything is leaking, take care of it sooner rather than later!
What To Do First
In the event of flooding, it’s easy to panic and forget what should be done before anything else. If there’s standing water from a flood, you’ll need to immediately turn off the main power supply, if it’s in a dry area. Also remember to never turn off power while standing in water! If the main power supply is in a wet area, you should call an electrician.
If you ever find yourself faced with water or flood damage in the Las Vegas, Henderson, or Clark County area and you need water damage repair, contact our team at Pro Restoration! We are water damage repair professionals with a fantastic track record with our customers. We will be more than happy to help you with any home repair problem you may be having. Please contact us with any questions you have.