SERVPRO of Atherton / Redwood City: How Rain Can Lead to Water Damage
There are many water-related incidents that can lead to water damage, as it takes a relatively small amount of moisture to create an issue.
Many often think of sources such as floods, broken pipes, appliance malfunctions, and overflowing toilets when considering how water damage happens. However, it is important to note that even rain showers persisting over a period of time can lead to water damage, as water gradually works its way into a home’s weather defenses. The best preventive measure to take is to simply be knowledgeable and proactive about where and why this water intrusion occurs.
Likely Places where Water Damage is a Possibility Due to Rain
Backup of clogged gutters. Cleaning out your gutters every six months or so is a great defense against water damage. When your gutters can’t properly drain water, pooling can occur and lead to water sitting up against—and eventually seeping into—your home.
Leaks around windows and doors. Windows and doors can develop small cracks around them, which may not be visible to the naked eye but are certainly large enough for water to find. Water can soak into these small gaps and begin to eat away at the wood surrounding these openings.
Poor drainage around the foundation. Regardless of how impervious a foundation may seem, if poor drainage allows water to build up around the foundation, it can eventually begin to seep inward and lead to damages.
Leaks in and around the roof. A house of any age can develop a roof leak, and they can often sneak up on you. Checking for signs that your roof might be vulnerable to leaks regularly is the best defense against this.
Malfunctioning of a sump pump system. For those with basements or crawl spaces, a sump pump is a great water damage defense, as long as it is maintained. Sump pump malfunctions due to inadequate maintenance can lead to serious damages on their own.
Leaks around chimneys and skylights. Skylights and chimneys are great features, but it is important to check on the seals surrounding them regularly to ensure they have not deteriorated enough to begin letting water through when there is heavy rain around.
If you’ve experienced water damage to your home, we are here to help 24/7/365. Call SERVPRO of Atherton / Redwood City to have our trained technicians respond quickly and begin your restoration.