8 of the Most Common Causes of Household Water Damage and Plumbing Leaks

8 of the Most Common Causes of Household Water Damage and Plumbing Leaks

Leaks can damage your home, waste water, and encourage unwanted mold growth. Unfortunately, because you

cannot see most of the pipework in your home, you may not always know that a leak has formed.

One of the best ways to protect your home from future leaks is to understand and look for common

situations that cause leaks to develop.

Here are the 8 most common water damage claims

1. Broken Seals

When your appliances were installed, the contractor put seals around all water connectors. Seals also

appear in other places, such as on your dishwasher door. As your appliances age, the seal may break or wear

out.If you notice condensation on your appliance or puddles near the appliance, you may have a broken seal.

2. Corrosion

As your plumbing system ages, rust and other forms of corrosion may eat away at the pipes. If you notice

any discoloration or warping on your pipes, have a plumber assess the damage right away.

If you have an older plumbing system, consider replacing the pipes at high risk of corrosion for newer3

2. Clogged Lines

Many clogged drains simply cause inconvenience. Some clogs, however, can lead to overflowing or burst

pipes. For example, obstructions in air handler drain pans or in your gutters often lead to serious water

damage. Keep your gutters and HVAC system clean to prevent serious water damage..

4. Damaged Pipe Joints

Where your pipes connect often represents the weakest point in a line. Over time, pipe joints can

deteriorate, causing leaks. Unfortunately, most pipe joints aren’t easily visible.

If you have noisy pipes that make a ticking or banging noise, especially when you turn on the hot water,

chances are that your pipe joints are under significant pressure. Have a plumber evaluate your system once a


5. Excess Water Pressure

High water pressure may feel nice, but excessive or uneven pressure can strain your pipes. Most pipes and

faucets can only withstand up to a specific level of water pressure. Any extra pressure could cause leaks.

If you feel concerned about your water pressure, have a professional measure the pressure.

6. Rapid Temperature Changes

Unexpected extreme temperature changes in your pipes can force the pipes to expand and contract. This

expansion and contraction may crack the pipes, especially when caused by freezing temperatures.

7. Intruding Tree Roots

Some of the most common water leaks actually start outside your home rather than inside. For example, tree

roots can intrude on water lines causing moisture to seep out into your yard.

If you notice any new wet patches or sink holes in your yard, experience a sudden drop in water pressure,

or have trees growing very near your home, have a plumber check for intrusion. And usually if the tree falls on the home it is covered to

have the tree removed from the home. Keep your receipts..

8. Loose Water Connectors

Sometimes the hoses and pipes that supply your appliances with water become loose, causing a leak. Often,

loose water connectors occur due to shifting. For example, your washing machine hose may spring a leak due to

shaking during the spin cycle. If you have a water connector leak, you may notice water running directly from the supply line or forming

water puddles around the appliance.


Pay attention to the way your plumbing performs and if you get an abnormally high water bill..

If you smell a musty smell around a drain, a change in water flow,

or other warning signs of an active leak . First shut off the water to your home and call a Public Adjuster. Then once documented contact a plumber to repair it Make sue the plumber details the cause of loss and the repair that he/she completed. Also, make sure the damaged pipe is kept. Contact us and an Experienced Public Adjusters will help you reach a fair settlement! (407) 212-8669.

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