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How Does Water Damage Happen

Water damage refers to the damage caused to a structure or object as a result of water entering and accumulating in areas where it should not. This can be due to a variety of causes such as flooding, leaky pipes, or a natural disaster. 

Water damage can lead to a range of problems including mold growth, rot, and structural damage to buildings. It can also cause damage to personal property and possessions. If not properly addressed, water damage can have serious consequences and it is important to take steps to prevent it or to address it as soon as it is discovered.

How Does Water Damage Happen?

Water damage can occur in a home or building due to a variety of reasons, including:

Leaky Pipes

Pipes can become corroded over time, or they may be damaged by freezing temperatures or physical impact. When a pipe leaks or bursts, it can cause water damage to the surrounding areas.


Flooding can occur due to heavy rainfall, a natural disaster such as a hurricane or tornado, or a problem with the plumbing or drainage systems in a home.

Appliance Malfunctions

Appliances that use water, such as washing machines, water heaters, and refrigerators, can malfunction and cause water damage.

Roof Leaks

A leaking roof can allow water to enter a home, causing damage to the roof, walls, and other areas.

Poor Drainage

Poor drainage around a home or building can cause water to pool, which can lead to water damage.

Human Error

Accidental spills or overflows can also cause water damage. In most cases, water damage is preventable with proper maintenance and care. It is important to regularly inspect pipes and appliances for signs of wear, and to address any potential issues before they become major problems. It is also a good idea to have a plan in place for dealing with water damage should it occur, including knowing how to shut off the water supply to your home and having the contact information for a reputable water damage restoration company.