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What Are Popular Causes of Water Leakage in Buildings

12/23/2020 (Permalink)

water leakage from foundation crack A cracked foundation can cause major water damage

Know what to do to prevent water leakage 

Water building leakage or water seepage is among the leading causes of widespread structure faults. The professionals at SERVPRO have seen water penetrate a building by various routes – from damp building materials during the construction process, leaking roofs, water features, and leaking water pipes. If the origin of the water leakage is left unsupervised, it may cause substantial visible damage, often involving very costly structural corrections.

Water leakage can be tough to distinguish the precise cause. 

Popular causes for water leakage include:

  • Floor seepage from the drain pipes 
  • Faulty or damaged water-resistance of bathtub coatings
  •  Leaking in the higher, opposite, or your own flat water source pipes
  • Invasion of rainwater

In most situations, water leakage is caused by leakage from faulty water tanks, sanitary fittings, or drainage systems. Typically, these defects can be repaired by certified water damage professionals. Owners should immediately contact a company like SERVPRO to determine the source of the building leakage.

What Can You Do To Prevent Water Damage?

Water damage is among the likely reasons for property damage, but it is not purely seasonal. Use the following measures to ensure that your building remains safe from water damage throughout the year:

  • Check carefully for holes and leaks and make the required repairs instantly.
  • Inspect the sealing and caulking of all-around showers and bathtubs to ensure they are airtight and sealed properly.
  • Annually inspect hoses associated with water heaters, washing machines, and refrigerators.
  • If you experience water leaking during the rainy season, it can indicate that your durable cement floor and basement walls have eroded. Hire waterproofing professionals to close sensitive areas to avoid seepage.
  • Check the gutters to see if the gutters are drooping. Damaged gutters can cause rainwater to leak in a building. 

5 Common Types of Leaks

Knowing the prevalent forms of building leakage will allow you to quickly mitigate and repair small issues before they are likely to cause significant water damage to your property.

  • Toilet leaks
  • Plumbing leaks
  • Ceiling leaks
  • Faucet leaks
  • Hot water leaks

Leakage Problem from the Neighbor in Above Flat

Among the most significant concerns that people face is leakage from the flat overhead or above. That is generally caused by leaking pipes or the lack of adequate insulation content in areas like washrooms. Water can seep into the littlest of gaps and cracks, so leaking problems are likely to occur eventually if the structure is not maintained correctly. 

In the event of water leakage from the flat above, the tenant of the above flat shall be responsible for carrying out the water damage costs. We have seen condo owners in the above flats claim that water leakage isn't their responsibility and should not be held accountable for it. This type of reasoning is the leading cause of dispute in the event of building leakage problems.

The first course of action is speaking to the apartment owner above and requesting them to address the matter respectfully. Ensure to clarify to them that the dilemma will inevitably impact them, whether now or later. If they still do not comply to get the water damages mitigated, it will be a good idea to get the building owner involved.

Who to Call When You Find Commercial Water Damage

Commercial Water damage presents a considerable risk to commercial facilities, mostly because they use far greater water volumes than residential homes. 

If not gotten rid of promptly, excessive water in your home may cause mold damage and cause costly damage to your home's structure and furniture. If the worst happens, get in touch with the SERVPRO, the Commercial Water Damage Repair Specialists, to quickly find an appropriate and prompt solution.

When our squad arrives, we perform increasingly challenging water damage repair operations. Remedying water damage includes qualified experts who understand how to cope with all possible implications. All of our water leakage and damage repair experts are certified by the IICRC.

Call us at (404) 835-0200.

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