Not only is flood water a hazard, but it is also inconvenient to your home as well as your health, especially when water damage is not quickly and properly contained. Floods may damage your belongings and significantly affect the structure of your home, and this can lead to costly repairs. A water company can help to minimize the damage as well as performing any repairs necessary after the completion of the water cleanup processes. Since it is impossible for you to predict when flooding may happen at your place of residence, it is a good idea to educate yourself on the places that are vulnerable to flooding and upon the identification of such places, you will be better placed to handle any occurrences of flooding at your home.
Floods may be caused by many reasons, and in many cases, flooding is unexpected and happens suddenly. However, there are signs that may indicate the inevitability of flooding in a house. Some of these include water spots on walls and ceilings, leaky appliances, or malfunctioning bathroom features. Clogged gutters, faulty septic tanks, backed up sewer lines and drain pipes may be in the list of the exterior areas of a home that may experience flooding.
Although any area in a home is prone to flooding, there are some areas that are more likely to flood than others. Rooms that have sinks such as bathrooms, laundry rooms, and kitchens, as well as low-lying areas such as cellars and basement could be more likely to flood, compared to other areas.
Being the lowest part of a house, basements are most likely to flood first in the occurrence of heavy rains especially if you live close to a large water body such as a river or a lake. Like bathrooms, basements have several water sources and features such as pumps, drains, sewer pipes and other plumbing elements which may fail to work properly on a rainy season. Cracks in the ceilings, windows, and walls are susceptible to water leakage and when left unattended can cause bigger leaks and water damage.
The bathrooms are very likely to flood due to the presence of several water sources such as toilets, sinks, showers, bathtubs and all these are contained in some small area and on top of that, they are connected to pipes. Once any of them gets clogged, or if leaking occurs, flooding is the end result. The bathroom is unique in terms of being susceptible to floods. This is a place where flooding may happen even on a sunny day due to forgetfulness. A flood can be unforeseen due to simple human mistakes. For instance, when one forgets to turn off the water in a sink or tub water may pour out uncontrollably, and floods may even spread to the other rooms and areas close to the bathroom with the passage of time. Therefore, in the attempt of avoiding flooding, it is good to verify whether all taps are closed, and by so doing, you may even save on the electricity bill.
Pipes run all through your home – behind walls, under floors, I the basement and outside the house. Due to this fact, a flood can happen just anywhere once a pipe bursts. Drains may also be unable to remove water effectively once the pipes get clogged. Therefore, checking pipes regularly for any clogging is important.
Household appliances that use water, such as water heaters, dishwashers, and washing machines have the potential of causing a flood at your home when broken or have an improper connection. The AC unit is usually overlooked, but this is another appliance that creates water through condensation. Ceilings may get soaked whenever the condensate line gets clogged or in cases when the overflow pan is damaged.