Common Causes of Water Damage

There are many things that can cause a headache to a homeowner. One of them is water damage, which can occur suddenly, but also after a prolonged period of time. It can penetrate the household in several ways, but what they all have in common is the negative effect water damage leaves. Water can damage many household items, cause mold development or even health problems to people living in the house.

If you encounter this problem in your property, you will be in need of water damage restoration San Diego professionals. But, in order to prevent it from happening, get familiar with the most common causes and try to avoid them. A regular inspection of areas and utilities prone to water damage might prevent it before it even happens.

Problems with pipes and plumbing

Water is distributed through the house via pipes and this is why they are one of the most common sources of water damage. If a pipe leaks, water can accumulate in certain areas and cause mold. You need to call a plumber as soon as you see such a leak.

If pipes burst, due to cold weather or other conditions, they can flood an entire area of the house. A way to know there is a leak is to see a spike in your monthly water bill.

Malfunctioning appliances

Household appliances which use water for their functioning can cause a great damage if their parts have deteriorated. This applies to refrigerators, washing machines, water heaters and dishwashers. As they get older, cracks or corrosion can occur, causing leakage or overflowing. As you need most of them for day-to-day functioning, they need to be regularly inspected in order to prevent possible water damage.

Clogged drains

If one of the drains is clogged, you could experience an overflow of water when trying to use the toilet, shower or sink. The overflowing water can then spread onto the floor and throughout the house. This can not only lead to water damage, but also the spread of bacteria from sewage waters. Homeowners sometimes try to unclog the drains themselves, but the safe thing to do is call the experts, especially when it comes to cleanup.


HVAC units are located inside the house for better regulation of temperature. In case water or moisture builds up in them, especially in air conditioners, it can leak onto the living area and damage the floors. This is one of the causes of mold, but it can be avoided with regular maintenance.

Weather and natural disasters

Although this is the least common cause of water damage, it can still happen. There is not much to do to prepare for a river flooding, sudden storms or hurricanes, but general awareness can help. Getting familiar with possible damage can help in taking necessary precautions.

Call the water damage restoration San Diego experts

If your San Diego residence has been affected by water damage, KIC Restoration can help you in the cleanup, damage management and restoration. Our technicians will make sure all excess water has been removed from your home, and we are available to you 24/7.